It can be a little scary going to a new pitch. You never know how the people in the area are going to react. In most cases, if there haven’t already been some buskers in the area before, people will chase you off their property. If they’re not used to it, most businesses don’t like having performers distracting their clients, clogging up the sidewalks and just generally being noisy outside their shops. The trick then becomes finding the spot that they don’t mind you being in while still being in a decent traffic lane.
I decided to set up across from the entrance to the parking lot, just a little ways away from the entrance to the event. I thought it was a decent spot but kept looking around for security guards, or worse, police officers. While there was a giant 76 station inflatable ball in the way, I thought I was pretty visible to the people running the ticket booth and that it wouldn’t be long before they came to shut me down. After about 30 to 40 minutes and a couple Exposition Park security cars driving by later, I actually started to believe that I was alright where I was and even started to settle in.
I was in the middle of some close up magic for three gentlemen when one of the event staff came over and got my attention. I figured this was them finally noticing me and asking me to get off the property when he introduced himself to me and asked for my card. He even joked that his card was the six of hearts, which I then had appear upside-down in the deck, figuring it couldn’t hurt to have this guy like me. Maybe he would suggest a location nearby where it would be okay for me to perform.
Then came my surprise. He asked if I wanted to set up inside the venue and perform for the people already inside. I said that would be great and started packing up to move to the new area. While I was packing up one of the producers of the event came out and introduced themselves. They asked if I would be interested in coming and performing every week for their events. Once inside I wound up performing magic until the trailers started.
So it’s always nice to know that I can still be surprised.
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