Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Labor Day 2006

Worked the Promenade. Wrestled with a tough call decision, great spot in the heart of the day. Unfortunately, it was also in the heat of the day and an unshaded area. I opted to find a shady spot. I could have toughed it out, but I thought it unrealistic to think that I was going to get an audience to watch the whole show in the baking heat from 2-4PM.

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went back at 4 to see about that spot and who happened to be set up in that spot with a bunny rabbit, none other than Mr. David Groves author of:

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He seemed like a very nice guy and made me feel very welcome in my new city. We both agreed it was nice to see another street magician. We chatted briefly and I watched the first 10 minutes of his show. A guy who obviously knows how to work the formula. An artful bit of crowd gathering If I do say so myself. Shame I had to split and find another spot to work from 4-6PM.

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Finished up a nice afternoon of street performing and pitching trick decks. I don't get it, I have trouble getting a person to tip a buck, but they'll cough up $20 for a stripper deck. Hey, whatever works. Lately my deck sales are half my day and usually making more than my street shows. What is this telling me.

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Polly had the holiday off from work and later that evening prepared a wonderful dinner, some sort of tequila, lime grilled chicken recipe, with peppers prepared in a well seasoned cast iron skillet along with rice made for a delicious meal.

My life with Polly is just great. Madly in love we still exhibit behavior that even makes us gag. We gaze into each others eyes and tell each other how much we love each other. Excuse me . . . I'm going to blow chunks.

3 comments:

Timmy Jimmy said...

Have you read the book? Be a street magician? And if so, what are your thoughts?
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Tom said...

Nope, never read it. I remember when it came out glancing through it at a magic shop.


Hope you are doing well Tim!

Anonymous said...

People will pay $20 for a deck of cards, versus $1 for the pleasure of watching you, because for $20 they get something they can walk away with that is exclusive to others. (Not everyone gets one) Why should they pay you when everyone else can watch you for free. It is a delightful example of providing a public good (non-excludable and joint in supply) versus a private good (excluable and non-joint supply) meaning that you can't really stop non payers from watching you and everyone else watching doesn't dimish the enjoyment of the viewer. On the other hand, if a person buys a deck of cards, no one else can buy that deck and if someone else buys it, it dimishes the enjoyment of the person who didn't buy it. Ask any magicians wife ;-)

Okay, enough of those lectures. Glad the caramel and circus peanuts aren't even a little stale!