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Derwyddon
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Hello,

I am preparing to hit the streets of San Francisco in a couple weeks. I've been putting together and practicing an act for a couple of months now. I'll be going out the first week in December, no matter what. It is time to do the show.

While I have some experience preforming, I have no experience busking.

Anyone living in San Francisco able to give some practical advice about this city specifically? Any spots to consider outside of Fisherman's Warf?

Also, and advice on busking, in general, is appreciated.

Thank you!
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Do a quick search about San Fransisco in the room. I got these:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......&forum=6


They may not give direct answers to your questions, but it’s a start. And points you to some users you contact for more information. I’m not sure if Gaddy is still around, but he’d be great connection.

Also, quick google on where to busk in San Francisco came up with:

https://stevetjoa.com/busking.html

https://sfport.com/street-performer-program

https://busk.co/blog/busking-in/16-focus......sco-usa/

There’s more as well...

Good luck, and please make sure to post how you do.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
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Eldini lives!

Today was my first day out and performing my act, after months of preparation and practice. It felt great to do the show for people, although my crowds were very small (2-4).

I started doing card tricks to try and gather people at the first spot I stopped at. I performed the Chicago Opener a few times for people. However, there was a homeless gentleman nearby the couldn't resist getting into the show. People stayed for the one trick but moved along very quickly.

I moved to a spot near a crosswalk with people going by. After 15-20 minutes of basically yelling "Shows about to start. Come see Eldini perform an alchemist miracle. I will create gold from nothing!" I collected 4 people and did the show. It went just OK. A few slip ups, fortunately nothing that tipped the trick. The few that stopped seemed impressed and genuinely amazed by the magic. I had left my backup rope at work so could only do the act once. So, I packed up and am back home now. That said, I'll go back again next week. My goal will be 3-4 shows, with more card tricks in between.


Here is the routine in brief.
I am the Great Eldini, magician. I have learned the secrets of transmuting gold from a famous alchemist. The show begins with me explaining I know many magical beings. One of them is on my table, the magical lemon Mephistopheles. I know other magical beings that can appear and disappear.
-Sponge Ball routine (Balls appear and duplicate. Two in hand, one in pocket. All three disappear)

Put magic lemon away in bag hanging on my table in front. Before I will transmute gold I will demonstrate that physics and magic co-exist in this world. We live in a world where the laws of physics are constant and unbroken, like this length of rope.
-Professors nightmare a la Marc DeSouza's routine from "World's greatest magic" series

Transmuting gold requires an object of value, paper money to be exact. Borrow a bill and have it signed. Spectator holds the bill under a scarf above his head. Remove magical lemon "Actually Mephistopheles is a demon I defeated and turned into a lemon, he promised to show me his secrets to be released." The demon does not help. I attempt the transmutation. Bill disappears from scarf. "Within him is the secret. He holds the magic within him". Cut the lemon, reveal the bill is inside (with a 'bar of gold').

So that was my first show. Can't wait to practice all week, polish it up, and go back to perform multiple times. Maybe, I'll bring a hat next time.


The Great Eldini
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