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Yellowcustard
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Got a place at a local Busker Festival. And I am use to performing for all types of crowds. I also have a street show which I have been doing for a while which run and works fine yet always re-tuning it.

I plan to do what I do and I know that fine. But going to busker festivals I notice differences. Like people are there to see buskers so edge building is easier. Also all going well people are more tune to put in the hat.

My question is what is different to a regular busk?
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gallagher
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Hi Yellowcustard,
hey just a quick question, before I dearticulate,..
you're nö relation to General Custard, are you?
I mean,.. this beard strikes me as familiar,..
ok.

Differences,..?
To start,..
The Performers!
ALL,.. most,.. really great,..
but,.you'll not find many playing Streets,
outside of Festivals or tourist-safty-zones.

Like you've noticed, the potential audiences,..
ARE different,..
"there to see something".
,there to have some fun,..
maybe even there,..
too spend a bit of money.

The Streets,...
different potentials.
Thereby,.. different Shows,..
Showmen.

I believe,.. different techniques.(!).
,but similarly, kinda like,...
ok,..
generally,.. on a 'street'.

one better,.?. one worse,..?
naaa,..
,but not the same horse.

Festivals offer a bit more "security",..
I would say.
Is this "good"?,.. "bad"?,...

cmm,.. AND,..
you've to be 'invited',..
ha ha ha.
....,not all the brown noses are from sun.

AND,.. at a Fest,.. let's face it,..
you're expected to be "good",...
relativly speaking,
And,.. most Festival Shows,.. are,
"Relatively" good.
,'Relatively',.. as in E=MC2,..
pretty calculated,... safe.

Somehow,.. "Real-itive" suits my palat better.
,but,...
let's go find us some Indians!
,your partner in time,
gallagher.
Yellowcustard
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He was my all purpose uncle. And I use sun block cheeky. Cheers bro.
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thomasR
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I've only been to one busker festival as an audience member but from what I have seen building a crowd is much easier. People are there to see Buskers and people come expecting to tip.

1 - Make sure your set up is unique... make sure it gets people interested in seeing what YOU do.. since there will be plenty of other performers at the same festival.

2 - I don't think the usual "hat" lines are needed... obviously encourage people to tip but the usual "I do this for a living... etc. etc." is probably not necessary.

Just my 2 cents. Again.. That's just my observation as an audience member at 1 busker festival.
Yellowcustard
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Hi there just to update it went very well. I truly had a great time. The main differences were,
1 Edge build easy people expected to see buskers there,
2 People were more relaxed. They dint seem to want to rush of,
3 People were not surprised when I hatted.

I normally do my 3 act routine as a door way act. But this was a circle show and I had chance to goof around at the beginning. I played a new idea of sound effects with Kazoo which worked well. I video my performance to watch back check out a short clip. The quilty is a bit of due to setting my self and not checking it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqzJyYsfk7c&feature=youtu.be
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Al, I bought a few Kazoos lately too, inspired by ...
I have a whistle but don't like the idea when busking close to shops of blowing it, or a bike horn, least sounding it repeatedly annoy the shopkeepers. U figure a kazoo is more acceptable, and funnier.
The presentation makes the magic.
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Typo above. I meant "I [yes, me!] figure a kazoo is more acceptable, and funnier."
The presentation makes the magic.
Yellowcustard
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Kazoo are funny and the sound dose get attion but dose not carry for miles.
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