Hi, First I want to apologize for the looooong post, but I need some help. I am turning 30 this weekend and just got back into magic and really excited about it. I'm practicing every day and hope to start busking soon. I'm hoping my 30th year will be a good turning point in my life doing something that i love....magic! I have a few questions I'd like to ask, but first I just want to say that I am somewhat shy around strangers and feel i lack in the confidence needed to busk. But on the other hand, I feel that I am very well capable of writing some good scripted lines with a bit of comedy mixed in as well....and I believe that I may be able to reherse them enough to where I can FAKE the confidence, until it becomes such a habit that i develop REAL confidence. I also am about to start working on organizing my routines with a good opener to gather the crowd, start my show, then a middle, and an ending that will knock their wigs off lol. I have chosen an excellent place for busking. It's a tourist town with all kinds of entertainment...music, magic, theatres, museums, etc....with people walking around with cash ready for entertainment. And I used to live there, and I've never seen any street performers there, but it seems so perfect of a place to busk....so i think it would be a great place for me to start. And i have a great place in mind with a long shopping center and pple walking around everywhere with no street along side it, so hopefully won't have to deal with patrolling cops, and plenty of open space away from the entrances of businesses to perform my act. And now to my questions:
1) I am wondering why everyone on these forums is recommending cups and balls for a closer? I've never really cared for cups and balls or linking rings and such. Just seems a little over done and old fashioned...things pple have seen before on tv so many times (just my personal opinion). I am wanting to perform things people have prob never seen before...like some mysterious chris angel type stuff. Is there anything wrong with going that route? Or is old fashioned what brings in more tips. I just think there are a lot of other cutting edge tricks that would be way better to blow pple away with than cups and balls. What r your thoughts please?
2) I want to be able to perform several tricks in my show, but I don't want it to go on so long that pple start to leave. How long should it be? 15 to 20 min or what?
3) The personality I want to go with is mysterious and mystifying like Chris Angel (I don't want to BE exactly like him), just mysterious with some really crazy impossible type magic. But I feel I need a few funny lines here and there to hopefully see my charming side and tip more at the end. Do you think it's okay to mix haunting and mystifying with a little comedic line or two inbetween tricks to get a chuckle from the audience?
4) Most important quesion...how much can I expect to make in a day? Like I said...I'm moving to a big tourist town with lots of entertainment. And I know that's a very broad question so let me narrow it down with some expectations I have. Even though i am a little shy....my voice is strong enough though....I truely believe that if I can follow some scripted lines that I come up with, that I could fake my confidence AT LEAST enough to pull off being a little bit of a showman, but definatly not like any expert! I came up with what I thought to be a worse case scenerio. I thought if I can perform the tricks flawlessly and be a JUST OKAY showman, I thought maybe worse case is making like 3 to 4 dollars a show. And if I did like 2 shows per hour that would be like 6 or 7 bucks an hour working 8 hrs a day and at least 5 days a week. so I figured in WORSE CASE in a town like that, that would be enough to get by on if I had to. SO in a tourist town like that, with solid tricks, and my performance being lets say mediocre at first, do you think that that is a good worse case scenerio I came up with? OR do you think it could be much worse...like making a $1 or less per show? I would think that if they enjoyed the show alright that they would tip at least something, no?
5) I was thinking about maybe levitating something around to draw in a crowd. First...do you think that would draw a crowd? And second...if so...how many people? Do you think I could draw in at least 5 to 10 people with that?
6) In you guys' experience, is there any average percentage of people that will tip you opposed to people who won't? Like if I had a group of 10....about how many of that 10 usually tip something?
I know that's a lot of questions and a very long post, and I know I could find all this out through trial and error, but I just hoped maybe I could get some of these questions answered before I get out there! Any answers or suggestions? Any help will be GREATLY appreciated....Thanks