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Old 02-28-2013, 08:15 AM   #21
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:28 AM   #22
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I walk right by them, because whenever I'm in a place where they happen to be, I'm actually doing something, or on my way to do something.

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if they're doing something awesome i might drop them a quarter or two, or the devil horns handgesture if im drunk
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:42 AM   #23
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When I was in London I saw a guy doing some crazy stuff on a Chapman stick and I gave 5 quid. He was freakin' crazy.

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Glasgow has some decent buskers though my own town has some sick ones. We had this violinist who played some sick classical/jazz stuff. I tipped him a couple of quid.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:43 AM   #24
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They're all over the place in Paris. There's simply too many, so I don't give them anything. If I heard something truly amazing I might give them a euro or two though.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:09 AM   #25
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I try to ignore them, but that's because I work in a local music shop. When I make eye contact they recognize me and then I have to be fun and give them cash or a discount or something, and when I'm out and about I'm REALLY not in the mood for that.
But in the occasion I see someone play that is genuinely good and entertaining, I'll pass them a few euro's
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:22 AM   #26
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Normally I spit on them and say "Screw you, asshole"
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:24 AM   #27
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most around where i am are not worth listening to, let alone tipping. some are good tho, ive seen an excellent spoon playing old woman, believe it or not. another guy ive seen quite a few times playing accordion who is pretty good as well. if i catch myself standing and listening to them, ill usually throw the change in my pocket to them.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:03 AM   #28
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I only ever stop to listen if they're some sort of horn player, generally. People who busk with string instruments are usually really, really boring.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:19 PM   #29
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There's this one guy who busks outside the Beer Store near my place. He is there every time I go and even in the past few snow storms he's been there. I've never given him a cent because he absolutely sucks balls and is more of an annoyance than anything. I do admire his heart though, standing out there no matter what the weather, annoying the shit out of people
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:24 PM   #30
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How do you deal with/treat them?

I usually give them around 5 bucks if they're genuinely entertaining. Not necessarily talented, but entertaining. I also usually give them around 5 minutes of time to wow me first though. I don't want to give someone money just because they're out there with an instrument. Anyone can do that.

To become a busker here, now (this past decade), you need a license.
How to go about getting that license.. No one knows, or, a busker might, you could ask them while they're not playing, if they're happy to talk.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:34 PM   #31
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I actually recently got back from an attempted trip across the country (started in Pennsylvania, and tried to make it to California) hitchhiking/busking for food and cig money along way. I actually made some decent money. Busking at places like truck stops and gas stations yielded a hell of a lot more money during the day then playing in downtown areas, but at night it was definitely better to go near the bars.

I easily made enough to pay for my meals/cigs during the trip, and it sort of brought to light what most homeless (at least in the areas I was in) spend their money on. They pretend to need money for food and what not, but then they turn around and spend it all on drugs and alcohol. Hell, when I was passing through Kansas City, I made over $100 after busking for 5 hours and was able to buy myself a room for the night.

But ANYWAY, payout varies, but I'd say on a good weather day, you can average over $10 an hour, which is higher than minimum wage here in the states.

And incase anyone cares: I made it to Oklahoma City before getting tired of sleeping in parks and ditches with my guitar tied to my legs. But I made enough money busking to afford a Greyhound ticket back to Pennsylvania. The trip from Penn to Oklahoma took about 8 days total, and I probably made more money then I made working an actual job this year.

And if anyone attempts this. STAY OUT OF ST.LOUIS. Busking/Pan-handling is illegal and heavily enforced there. I literally got thrown out of every spot I tried to busk within 10 minutes. It's illegal in Oklahoma City too, but I felt like they took a hell of a lot longer to catch me.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:35 PM   #32
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I also usually give them around 5 minutes of time to wow me first though. I don't want to give someone money just because they're out there with an instrument. Anyone can do that.



Well, I can't exactly speak as a musical busker but from a juggling standpoint.

You get far more money if you are entertaining than technically proficient.

They majority of passers-by don't care about technically proficient, they want to see/hear something fun. Someone who can only strum open chords but has a nice voice and sings songs people want to hear will make money than some shredder.

In juggling, it like the "eat an apple while juggling" trick. It's lame, anyone who can juggle 3 objects can do it, but that is what people like to see. Seriously, people prefer to see jugglers doing that over watching someone do 7 clubs behind the back.

Also, people who interact with the "audience" get far better cash. You can have the best juggler in the world juggling the hardest tricks imaginable standing next to some guy doing 3 and 4 objects and cracking jokes with the audience, involving them in the show, etc. The 3 to 4 ball guy will make far more money.

The reason why? I'm a juggler. I love watching jugglers doing difficult technical tricks and it gets boring pretty quick. Now, take someone that doesn't really care that much, they'll get bored even faster.


So tl,dr: Entertaining buskers get money (regardless of technical ability).
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:35 PM   #33
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I ignore them. The only one I've ever given money to is the rock violinist that's always playing here.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:38 PM   #34
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I listen to them, and one time with a friend drunk/stoned of our asses on the corner of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, I think it was (outside the Burger King, not the Mac'D's or the Subway). Was being critical of one who tried to play Stairway To Heaven, -- we just burst out/creased out laughing when he hit a bum note or, the wrong note in the intro, like, all was right but that note, and... We chuckled letting it be known; this was late, like 11pm, midnight, but, his playing was alright, I guess, we we're better but, he had drew a crowd, which included our young-ass-selfs.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:46 PM   #35
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One time, I was playing my bass (unplugged) outside while waiting for my mom to pick me up, and some girl throws a quarter to/at me and made some stuck up comment. I kept that quarter though

I'd have flicked her off and threw her quarter back.

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If they're good, I'm willing to give them a dollar or two. Most of the buskers around here think good = I play 3 chords. So, they don't get a cent.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:07 PM   #36
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All proceeds went to a local animal shelter.

Either way I usually look to see if they're selling their own material or not. Unless one really catches my ear, I won't give.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:29 PM   #37
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I see them all the time. Every time I go in the subway, or wander around downtown I come across them. Some of them are "famous" and draw crowds while others are just trying to get by. Most of them have their own corners, or subway stops. Occasionally I'll just come across someone with a sign that says "I'll tell you a joke for a quarter." I've never obliged.

If I have money on me, I'll tip someone who entertains me from time to time. I don't typically like to hear the traditional songs that would probably earn them the most money. If I have time to listen I'd like to hear a song that I've never heard before.

I also like going to cafe's that have lunch time live music. Usually just a guy and an acoustic. I'll sometimes give them a few bucks too.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:11 PM   #38
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I listen to them, and one time with a friend drunk/stoned of our asses on the corner of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, I think it was (outside the Burger King, not the Mac'D's or the Subway). Was being critical of one who tried to play Stairway To Heaven, -- we just burst out/creased out laughing when he hit a bum note or, the wrong note in the intro, like, all was right but that note, and... We chuckled letting it be known; this was late, like 11pm, midnight, but, his playing was alright, I guess, we we're better but, he had drew a crowd, which included our young-ass-selfs.

seriously what does this even say
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:16 PM   #39
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seriously what does this even say

Allow me to translate:
"Trebor and his buddy got high once and mocked a busker like jackasses."
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:21 PM   #40
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dude i used to make more busking than i do from my job lol i had one chick walk by and drop a benjamin once. im pretty sure she was mega-baked though lol. she prolly thought i was jimi hendrix or something playing train lol
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