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Advice for buskers
Posted October 6th, 2012 - 2:44 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
I wrote this article on busking, a guide for beginners: www.dirtyvagrant.com/a-complete-guide-to-busking/, and I'd like some feedback on it from experienced buskers.

(cross-posted on the musicians and singers group)

Posted October 7th, 2012 - 11:02 am by from Olkusz, Poland (Permalink)
you are completly wrong!
you've wrote:
-Fire spinning/glowsticking: You don’t have to be particularly good at this to draw gasps from the crowd. If you want to get good you can devote a lot of time, but for your first show you only have to spend a few hours or days practicing. I suggest using LED poi rather than actual fire, since the late-night crowd is usually drunk and clumsy.-
This is accualy dangerous stuf... if you are saing that "first show you only have to spend a few hours or days practicing." this is crazy... you might get to hospital... and if you will do something like this (or anyone will do) you will end up with shitty show and another firedancer will have to clean mess after that.
Why every one think that you don't need skill on this?
Shit. I am a fire dancer. I've spent 5 years on this and I'm still nod good enough!
Me and my fiance we are making fire duet. We are still learning our craft.
Maybe it is not dificult to do, to learn few tricks but try to dace and combining turns, rythm and firetricks.
You will end up wiht fire on your hair.
Another stuff - fire spliting - you have to have good knowledge about fuel that you are using. I've seen few cases of burning their own faces while splitting. It is not funny.
Don't get me wrong. It is very good that you want to help in busking etc. But still you should ask some one before writing anything. Imagin that some kid is reading it right now and in few days he will end up in hospital because he thought it is easy, and he for example swollowed his fuel while splitting or he just have seen few videon on youtube and he tried to do this with fire for start.
And all that can become thruth because you said - "first show you only have to spend a few hours or days practicing." -
You are responsibile for what you re writing.
if you want to know more about fire - just ask :)

Good luck

Posted October 7th, 2012 - 4:55 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Just a second, I specifically say that they should use LED poi in the article, it is in the section you quoted. I could word that more strongly, if you think that isn't clearly enough stated.

I know spinning is something that you can build a lot of skill on, and spend many many years perfecting, I have a few friends who do a lot of fire spinning. But in the dark it still looks pretty cool even if you are starting out. It's true that their show won't exactly be high quality, but I can't tell you how many terrible guitar players there are busking, and even shitty fire spinning is way more interesting than shitty guitar playing. It is more about encouraging people to just try it, and if they see that it is fun and they can be successful at it they will be much more willing to practice and build it into a real skill.

And the fire swallowing, I put that at the end of the article under category 3: dangerous if attempted, could lead to injury. I don't have any experience in it at all, so I didn't want to give any information about it except that it isn't a good busking idea for beginners.

Posted October 8th, 2012 - 2:14 pm by from Olkusz, Poland (Permalink)
yeap... correct :)
but still I think it is good idea of making smthing like this.

hope to see you some day :)