but, is there anyway to ask for a tip while being polite
just my thoughts on this.. I don't think it's right to ask ANYONE for a tip.. If they liked your show, they should WANT to give you money at the end.. i think a good street performer should have funny / clever hat lines in every routine.. but it's not asking for money.. It's SUBTELY REMINDING the people that if they watch your show, they OWE you money... yes, they OWE you.
I was taught that the people already know they owe you money if they watch your show (and enjoy themselves).... They just don't know if YOU know.. Your hat line lets them know "the jig is up.. we both know you people owe me"
here is an example.. If your doing a miser's dream you could say "PARENT'S WHEN YOU GIVE YOUR KIDS MONEY TO GIVE ME AT THE END OF THE SHOW, MAKE SURE IT'S NOT THE KIND THAT JINGLES BECAUSE ALL THE OTHER KIDS WILL JUST LAUGH AND MAKE FUN OF THEM!!!.." ... pause for a second, and then look at all the kids.. "WONT YOU KIDS!?!?!?".. .My teacher who was working in Ocean City, MD told me this line, and I died laughing..
You haven't really asked them for money... You shouldn't have to!
it's NOT about the magic.. all about good showmanship... If keeping the secret is more important than the impression it has on the audience : It's not a trick worth doing. See? The pattern is emerging. Your hat line is just as important to the show as the trick you are doing... Showmanship, something we all keep forgetting... We should all go back to the Fitzkee Trilogy and re-read the first book
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