This is the first entry I ever recorded after doing shows. It was Jan. 19th 2008. I had arrived in San Francisco on New Years Eve with nothing and, as the old chestnut goes, I still had most of it left. I’m sure I was told on the 18th to take notes after every show and that I should write my ideas down in a notebook. I haven’t missed a show yet. I haven’t edited this at all but I really wanted to.
Sat, Jan. 19th
Balloon Twisting & Juggling
No one watches a guy just juggling. Need music & a lot of props displayed. Set-up draws a huge crowd. The Robot and Robot Jr. drew 50+ people just setting up. The breakdancer gathered just as many people doing nothing. The drummers set up nearby but lost their crowd to the break dancers. People love to pose, think of something to have people pose with. Sea seat? Bearded woman or strong man?
The pier market was a great pitch, I worked it from 12:00 until about 12:30 or one ‘o’ clock. I made around 25-30 dollars there but would made more if I got there earlier. The Pro-Life parade got in the way. Work it from 9-12 next weekend if it’s nice. No need to have music there (too loud) or to have anything extra i.e: the wheel, large balloons, etc (too crowded). I left the market and walked down to Pier 39 in time to catch Greg Frisbee’s 1:45 show. He had a 100+ crowd which is great. I worked near the “circle pitch” and made a killing. Fifty plus dollars in 2 hours or so.
I put on instrumental music which seemed to help fill the time during complicated twists. People love the patter. Keep talking. Parents tip more when their kids are laughing and engaged. Try and remember that you’re performing, not just twisting balloons or juggling. I made more monkeys than anything else. This is because I was wearing a monkey on my shoulder
The bag of balloons was $23 something. The apron was 2.99, 3 Sharpies for 4.99. All in all I made a profit.