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Big Jeff
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I was wondering if there are any tricks that you will not do outside?

Why not?

THanks,

Big Jeff
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Anything that the weather can interfere with. If rain will ruin it, sun will expose it, or the wind will blow it away, skip it or adapt it somehow. That or be prepared to substitute the effect should the elements be ominous. Beyond that, go for it.
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Card magic in rain
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Silk tricks.

a = because they can get dirty. if you are on the road you not always have a magic shop available to buy new ones.
b= if you put silks down on a table the wind can get it.

other tricks wich need refills (mouth coils - flash cord etc.)
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That depends on the silk trick. I have done several outdoors. You just need to know how to manage the silks.

I have done Mismade Flag (or mismade rainbow silk), 20th Century Silks and some productions outdoors.

For the Mismade Flag, I was in a position to keep hold of the silks as they were introduced and produced. Ditto the 20th Century Silks. When I did the productions, I had an assistant who took the silks produced offstage and dropped them into a big Rubbermade container with a lid, which was put over them immediately. I never had any problem with the silks getting dirty. Nor did I ever have the wind catch them.

I don't do ITR tricks outdoors because of the wind.

Also, Zombie -- the wind can catch the foulard at the wrong moment and expose the gaffus.
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If it’s raining you probably will not be performing outside. So, this makes wind the big problem weather wise. As others have even though silks can blow away there are always was around this; Hold them, Put something on them, Have a spectator hold them, Put them away when not in use. I’ve actually had more problems with things you don’t usually think of as light and flimsy; Like balls rolling, Tables getting knocked over (always good for a BIG mess).

But the big problem about performing outside is not the weather it is being heard. Unless you will be working small crowds in very quiet venues you will need a sound system to be heard easily. It they can’t hear you easily they will walk away, especially when they are already standing, as they often are outside.
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I have performed outside in the rain more times than I can even count. The last year I was at the Texas Renaissance Festival, it rained every Sunday. I still performed. It was my job. I was thankful for the tiny crowds we got in our huge theatre.

Every decent Renaissance Festival act has an alternate show for the rain. Either that or they perform in the rain.

Don't you just love it!
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I have done silk effects to good effect. One of my favorite and most sucessful routines on the street is a silk routine. I've also done 20th century silk. I think the biggest consideration for street work is not the weather, but...

1) Can it be done surrounded.
2) Is it easy to transport.

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That comes from a real street worker. A trick isn't worth two bits if you can't do it under close scrutiny and you can't get it to the pitch.

You would be surprised how close to surrounded some items can be done if you work on them long enough.

If you are fortunate enough to be able to set up in front of a wall, you will have fewer limits on what you are doing, but walls don't grow on trees.
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Cups and balls unless the wind is calm. I learned that the hard way.
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IT does not work well outside. I tried it once and I was busted.
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Wind is the big one for me. Cards in hard wind. Smile
I suppose any silk and or paper tricks in the rain, or just after the rain (wet mouth coil, ick!).
I did one ren fair where it was too windy to juggle. You know it is too windy when the REAL macheties drift in the wind! I did one card trick and it went over well. I'm a jester chasing cards all over; it's funny. I was stuck doing a chop cup with balled up bills and a miser's dream a lot. At least it wasn't raining that day.
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Some venues do not allow sound systems (noise nuisance).

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Sponge balls are a real pain when it's windy. They can end up rolling all over the place like little pac men if you're not careful.
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