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 Post subject: What defines Street Magic?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:41 am 
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I'm just expressing my own opinion here, you can chose to take it or not...

Last year I attended a lecture by the great Chris Capeheart at the Abbott's magic get together. it was great lecture. Basically the man is great, he is a street performer with lots of tips on how to build crowds, keep crowds, and get "big hats." He made a statement that David blaine and Criss Angel T.V. shows aren't street magic. It's a magician on the street. That's it.

When he said this, everybody in the auditorium laughed....realising that it was funny beacuse it was true. So I ask what really defines street magic? Is it some guy posing like david blaine with a camera and a black tiger deck just going around and showing people tricks? Or, is it a magician who has worked really hard to building a street show to perform for people who did not expect to see a magic show that day. Performing for money and receiving what his/her audience thinks he/she deserves.

So again I will state his quote, 'David Blaine isn't street magic, it's a magician on the street."

I really feel that needs to be straighten out. Becuase it bugs me when 12 year olds go out and do trick on the "street" and haven't even practiced the trick and call it "STREET MAGIC"

Me being a sort of a busker my self, I agree with Chris Capeheart. Again it's my own opinion, you can take, you can comment, or you can just ignore it.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:36 am 
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There's a great essay by Jamy Ian Swiss about street magic – Apprently, the difference between a street magician and a busker is that a busker will invite spectators to approach him, while a street magician, conversely, will unsolicitedly approach his spectators. It doesn't have anything to do with the style of magic per se.

By that definition, Blaine and Angel are street magicians.

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