Just a question(big questions) when performing magic to ppl...
Do you set/schedule a day mostly performing out side or you just walk around and if you find some interesting ppl you show them some magic? I mean.. for example do you perform in the train/subway while going to work? Because it'so hard for me to pick the "rite" time to actually ask ppl to show magic.
What do you ask when you wanna perform to ppl??? I'm having a hard time starting doing magic to ppl cause everytime I ask.... "You guys wanna see a magic trick?" or "You wanna see some card tricks?" most of them will say NO. How do you appraoch people in the street? And an old guy thought I was some bad... person whos jsut joking around or trying to kidnap somebody. Someone actually kinda threatened me in the city for jsut asking ppl for me to show magic...
Please answer.... please.....
and maybe tell meow you would start ur magical day doing magic.
This is a quote from Shawn Levan, a street performer who sells a book on performing. This will tell you everything you need to know about street work.
We are going to be talking about the basics that make up a typical performance.
1. Setting the stage - This is where the performer creates the stage before he starts the show. Create a stage in an interesting manner and people will automatically stop to watch you.
2. Gathering a crowd - In my opinion, this is the most difficult part of any show. You have to stop total strangers in their tracks and get them to watch your show. Only by doing something interesting or unique can you get people to stop and watch you in action. In my book, 'Street Performer', I go into this in much greater detail.
3. Holding the crowd - Getting a crowd is not the end of your job. You need to keep them curious and interested in your show so that they hang around till the last minute when you pass your hat around.
4. Performing your show - This is the part where you actually go into your show and make sure that each trick you do is better than your last. You want your show to be exciting, entertaining and building up to a grand finale.
5. The Finale - This is when you deliver your hat lines and launch into your final, grandest effect in your show and WOW the audience. You must have a positive effect on your audience at this point. Leave your audience with a lasting memory of your show. The happier they are, the more they donate.
6. Passing The Hat - Basically, all you do now is walk about with your hat and let the kind folk who watched your show drop money in your hat. It's a sign of appreciation on their part to say that you entertained them and that they acknowledge your talent.
In a nutshell, that's what street performing is all about. It's not rocket science but it is not that easy either. You need to have a good knowledge of street performing and a grasp of certain fundamental skills.