OK, start by getting "Tales of the Street" by Kozmo. Then get 3 effects, get them PERFECT. (the street is unforgiving) then start out. First draw a tip (crowd) I don't start until I have 5 people. Then start your first effect, remember to use a LOUD voice, you want to attract more people to the tip. As you finish the first effect start your hat lines, letting themn know you are going to pass the hat and want money put in. Tehn your middle effect with more hat lines, finally the ending BIG EFFECT and at the end you walk around with your hat out to get money put in. Total run time 15 minutes MAX.
You will SUCK when you start. We all did, it's the only way to learn, but KEEP KICKING IT!! Don't get discouraged because you will get better. Don't expect to make what Bobby Maverick, Kozmo, or I make starting out. Heck, I remember getting $2 in the hat and $20 days. Now, on a weekday I work until I hit $100 minimum, if the tips are good I'll put in 3 hours and make more. On a weekend my goal is min $500 a day or 4 hours if the hats are big enough. But I have done this for about 15 years so don't expect to get that this year. remember, short shows done often and hat the crap out of them.
Thanks so much for the information! It is going to really help me out! I have somewhat of a routine down. I am doing some card tricks, then cups and balls and ending with my sponge ball routine..... does that sound like a good busking routine? I am going to be constructing a portable table too. One question though. What are some good hat lines that will make people laugh, while still letting them know that i need tips? Also, Is it necessary that i use standard street cups? Right now I am using stackable metal drinking glasses, and they always work great for me. Should I invest in some quality cups? Thanks so much!