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 Post subject: Need a license to perform street magic ?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:57 pm 
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Hello,

I couldn't find an answer in the topics I read, so I would like to know if a license or a special authorization was required to perform street magic in Boston MA, harvard, cambridge areas ?
Besides, I am french, here for the summer, and I feel like trying the street magic here.
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 Post subject: Re: Need a license to perform street magic ?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:00 pm 
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catusse wrote:
Hello,

I couldn't find an answer in the topics I read, so I would like to know if a license or a special authorization was required to perform street magic in Boston MA, harvard, cambridge areas ?
Besides, I am french, here for the summer, and I feel like trying the street magic here.
Thank's

Nicolas


The best way to find out is to contact your local city government- police, city council; Whom ever deals with that stuff down there. NOT ASK HERE! :roll: We dont live there. ITs YOUR responsiblity to find this stuff out, not ours.

It will also depend on age, if your taking money...etc...

By street magic do you mean busking or 'blaining'


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:10 pm 
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All right, thank's I will try to find out here with the police and the city hall maybe.
I want to set a small table, and perform my favourite tricks. If I can get some tips I would be happy too...
In france, I am used to work in restaurants, weddings, but I had never tried in a foreign country.

Is there any bostonian's magicien here ?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 3:32 am 
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when i read your post i read it with a french accent


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Fanuil hall is a bear to get in at. You have to audition and they are full for the year. Other places around Boston you have to check. The easiest way is to talk to someone working a pitch there. They know where to get legal.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:05 am 
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Daniel, you are right, I have a real french accent !
Thank's paddy

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Hey man, I live in Boston. I don't think you need a permit to do street magic if you are just doing it and not taking any money. I think you need one for busking though.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 7:26 pm 
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Hey man, I live in Boston. I don't think you need a permit to do street magic if you are just doing it and not taking any money. I think you need one for busking though.


If you are "just doing it and not taking money" you are not doing street magic. You are playing little kiddie games and showing off so people think you're a cute kid.

If you are performing magic you are busking. If you still don't think there is a diffence try "doing it" at Fanny Hall and see how fast you get run out.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:49 am 
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paddy wrote:
CrazyMobster wrote:
Hey man, I live in Boston. I don't think you need a permit to do street magic if you are just doing it and not taking any money. I think you need one for busking though.


If you are "just doing it and not taking money" you are not doing street magic. You are playing little kiddie games and showing off so people think you're a cute kid.

If you are performing magic you are busking. If you still don't think there is a diffence try "doing it" at Fanny Hall and see how fast you get run out.


So what's it called when you go to the park/mall/school/ect. and see a really bored person so you do a quick trick for them? Or when you spontaniously (sp?) do a trick or two for friends? Or maybe a free show for a really close friend (girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband/ect.) at a party or something?

IMHO, I still consider that magic. I meant no offense as I wrote this, it was just a couple of questions.

-Phil

EDIT: I just thought about what you said. I guess it's because I'm still young that I didn't fully understand your post at first. If you could answer the questions anyways, I would greatly appreciate that :D. Sorry for the mis-understanding.


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Well, ask the questions.

The situations you brought up, i.e. doing tricks for friends is a unique situations that singers, musicians and magicians get all the time. We are asked to perform for our friends and family. Sometimes I do that.

The first scenario you mentioned was that you "see a really bored person so you do a quick trick for them?" You are interrupting someone's private thoughts by doing that. They may "look bored" but actually be deep in thoughts and or memories and you have no right to intrude into their private time.

OOPS caught 2 spelling screwups.


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I love performing tricks for people, but if I can win money, ti's always better for me , cause I am a student and I have lot of things to buy in your beautiful country guys.


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paddy wrote:
Well, ask the questions.

The situations you brought up, i.e. doing tricks for friends is a unique situations that singers, musicians and magicians get all the time. We are asked to perform for our friends and family. Sometimes I do that.

The first senorio you mentioned was that you "see a really bored person so you do a quick trick for them?" You are interupting someone's private thoughts by doing that. They may "look bored" but actually be deep in thoughts and or memories and you have no right to intrude into their private time.


Woah, I never thought of it that way. I'd hate for someone to do that to me. I'll have to stop that...


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:32 pm 
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I found what I was looking for. There is a 40 dollars license. Only a photo Id is needed, and that's it !
So I will be performing soon street magic in Cambridge/Harvard Square !!!!
By the way, thanks for your answers.
Crazy Mobster did you get my message ?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:58 am 
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I saw this over on the Magic Cafe:

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Seems good to me.

Fill it in with sharpie, and just get a license anyway.

"It's like a condom, I'd rather have it and not need it, then not have it and need it."-Alien VS Predator

-Jeff


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Excellent !!!!


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