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Yekrats
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I heard this story on NPR this morning, and I immediately thought of how it applies to busking. If we can get a little something into the hands of an audience member (like a signed ambitious card), our tips will go up.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/11/......binds-us

I've known this for a while, but I didn't realize that it was because our brains are wired that way: when we get something, we tend to want to give something back.
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I was talking with my local magic dealer about a miser's dream routine I am working on. He suggested using a kid spectator and at the end reaching out and grabbing one last eisenhower dollar and giving it to the kid.
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On 2012-11-26 13:11, SmileAndNod wrote:
I was talking with my local magic dealer about a miser's dream routine I am working on. He suggested using a kid spectator and at the end reaching out and grabbing one last eisenhower dollar and giving it to the kid.


That sounds like a superb idea. Especially using the kid spectator.

Somewhat related: at my bigger shows, when I do a cinder-block break, we've found that we can save ourselves the effort of hauling away the rubble if we offer to autograph the broken pieces. One of my sidekick's best ideas ever!
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G'day Yekrats
That was an interesting read and well worth considering.
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I often give away plastic gold dollars as part of my chop cup or three shells routine which children and sometimes adults use to bet with.

At the end, the children keep the coins after I teach them a simple trick of hiding the coin under their shoe. I find the amount of tips from the adults goes up when the kids take something with them. I never thought about the why before. Thanks!
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It's very valid. And as can be seen by the article, been researched. The old adage rings true, give and he shall receive....

I've seen many big street shows give 'the kid', a 5 or a 10 ( £,€,$ ), which really does work for the hat.

Marks the performer out 'to be a nice guy'...It can be overdone, especially as a 'bit' during festivals such as EdinburghbCringe, when you have 60 street performers....

Still valid though and thanks for the share. A very interesting read... Love the psychology of it all...

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Its fun that this post comes up. I was talking to a fellow busker this weekend about this type of thing. We spoke about seeing a busker is a bit odd. you don't really plan to see one, then you do, and you don't really take any thing away in the comical since. So we were speaking about give away hand outs.

Thanks for the post.
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