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First, I'm not Mark Lewis; my name is John Hamilton. I'm twenty-three years of age, and I live in the Flathead Valley. Area code 406; Rudy can confirm this, because I spoke with him on the phone, thus he has my number, (the one with a 406 preface)...and I suppose that's just sheer dumb luck of Mark Lewis's IP address ALSO happens to be from Montana. =P

Secondly, yes; I've had a rough life up until recently. I was born in Alaska, over 100 miles away from anything close to a real police station in a small town full of drunks, lumber jacks, rednecks and mountain men, over half of the population being Russian. As a result, I grew up with anger issues, and with some skewed messages/lessons being taught to me. I come from an entirely different world than most; it might as well have been the wild west.

I got bullied a lot as a kid because I was always a strange child, and had trouble fitting in. I didn't understand a lot of things that other people seem to take for granted, or otherwise just know by instinct. Social nuances and norms, the differences between appropriate and inappropriate actions and speech, all dependent on circumstances which tended to fly right over my head. I was always somewhere else in my mind; dissociated/detached. I'd say weird things; not necessarily bad though. Just...odd. Like contemplating the speed of dark; figured that one out a long time ago. Speed of light was already covered in the science books; never said anything about the speed of darkness though. I didn't learn until earlier this year though that I'm autistic; after mother and I fled Alaska from my violent, alcoholic, and now-cheating sex-addicted father, (whom can happily burn in hell for all I care). 

Anyway, I never handled being bullied real well. Granted, MOST of the time I had no earthly idea that I was even being bullied; they'd mock me or imitate me, and I'd laugh right along with them because they looked funny. I thought they were just being friendly. It was only when all the dots finally started connecting in my head that people had malicious intent, and then I would just flip out and go into blind rages, overwhelmed with betrayal. ...I was a lot worse as a kid lol; I've since learned to master my emotions to the point that I can pretend to be normal very, very, very, very well. From the age of twelve I'd started getting transferred between psychowards, juvenile detention centers, foster homes, rehab centers, wilderness therapy boot camps, and one military school. I actually liked the military school though; that was the only one where I didn't have to spend years at, and I never got my ass kicked a single time there because nobody would ever get violent with each other out of fear of the Staff Sergeant lmao. Very tight ship; clean, orderly, and great life lessons, and a great experience being around military personnel who have put their lives on the line for our country; I attended on Elmendorf Airforce Base near Anchorage, Alaska. 

These past few years though? It's been great; haven't been locked up anywhere since 2012. I'm on a roll; I got this whole "normal kid" thing down pat now. XD

PS: Sorry for the semi-crappy photo; felt I should put one up of me to further prove I'm not this Mark lewis dude, and I figured I should probably do something magic related, but all I had near me was my lighter and some cigarettes; not a lot to work with. Remembered an old trick I learned in Utah though that only requires your hand and a bic lighter....so I made a fireball. Tada! Lol. XD 

 

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John, welcome back. I can attest that there is at least one other strange child here on the forum, so at least in that regard you are not alone.

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Welcome John and thank you for that long introduction. I think now that everything is settled we can continue talking about magic...

What are your plans, magic related?

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Good news: No one has a spotless background or family history (even those who pretend they do usually don't), and everything you've been through gives you something unique to say, if only you can excavate and present it in a compelling manner.

More good news: Odd thoughts like contemplating the speed of dark can make memorable, compelling premises for magic tricks.
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@Anthony: Thanks. =)

@Luigimar: Current plan is to get a few good tricks up my sleeve that have been practiced to perfection, then start doing some street magic to spread the word around. 

Looked into getting a buskers license, but I don't think Montana requires them; couldn't find them anywhere. 

@Chris: Indeed; thanks. =)

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A quick internet search reveals that you don't need a license to play music in the street.  A permit is required to use a sound device such as a loud speaker, megaphone, or stereo, or to perform in or next to a park.  If you are planning on selling anything then you need a street trading license.  (often buskers that play music have cd's to sell).

There is no mention about other form of entertainment.  Music falls under the catagory of free speech.  You may want to check with your local police to make sure, or to find out who to ask.    

You can only practice so much eventually you have to go live. Everything changes in front of people. Obviously know your stuff.  But chose wisely. Don't rely on Sleight heavy stuff (in my opinion) get a feel for performing. 

Very few tricks are bad, although there are many bad performers.  Now get out there and start performing!  

Also be careful about street performing to 'get the word around'  what word are you looking to get around?  If you are wanting to get the word around that you are a street performer, then excellent.  And there is nothing wrong with that.   If however you want the word to get around that you do coorperate events, Weddings, birthday parties then you are looking at the wrong place to get those words around.  Performing on the street is a long way from a kids birthday party.  One is not more difficult than the other, but it is two completely different animals.   Chances of landing little Billies fourth birthday party because mom saw you performing for change in the street is going to be extremely rare. 

Just some things to think about. 

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Indeed; hadn't quite thought about that last part. 

Thinking I'd rather be a street performer; kids are stressful and parents can be overprotectice and just kind of tense and high-strung in general from the stresses of parenthood. It'd take all the fun out of magic for me if I ended up loathing birthday parties with a couple dozen kids high out of their minds on sugar and caffeine. XD

Adults are much nicer, and I've always done more adult-level magic; kid-level magic is pretty much alien to me. I'm more into seemingly supernatural abilities that would make most parents want to hide their children from me lol. That, and escape artistry; LOVE escaping; I've been kidnapped four times in my life and escaped every single time, ...Hitchhiking in Alaska can be dangerous as a teenager. Who knew? Mom did...but she'd let me go anyway, because (a.) I'm a human weapon, and (b.) I have SERE training. They still worried a bit though; mom moreso about what people might do to me; dad probably worried more about what I'd do to THEM in return lol; they kidnapped the entirely wrong little kid lol. Sigh....I hate Alaska; Montana is much nicer; it has almost everything BUT the dysfunctional members of my family. XD Almost miss being kidnapped though; really like that feeling of triumph at bringing all their plans crashing down with a little bit of kevlar cordage, (the friction can burn right through rope, duct tape, cable ties, even police issue flexi-cuffs....basically, all the things that run-of-the-mill punks and psychopaths will most likely try to restrain you with. They also make plastic handcuff keys that you can hide on your person; a favorite is known as the TIHK; the Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key. I've seen boot laces with handcuff keys built in too; they also make bracelets with a handcuff key hidden in the buckle. I've escaped from handcuffs with a safety pin though; my record is about 10 seconds; usually closer to thirty seconds....I handcuffed myself though; none of my handful of kidnappers ever used handcuffs on me lol. Police have, but I'm not such an idiot that I'd try to escape and/or fight the police; I've watched "Cops" before, and that NEVER ends well for the escapee. XD ...I know HOW to escape from cops; the same escape protocol that's used for escaping from enemy troops or guerillas. The police force is no different, really; same psychology and strategy would be used, but the only reason I could ever imagine my having to use those tactics on police is if lives were somehow in jeopardy and I was the only one who could and/or would save them; it would probably be during the start of a Red Dawn scenario. =P 

PS: I've done a little bit of street magic; not for pay or anything; I just liked seeing the looks on peoples faces lol. A few though asked me what they owed me as they went for their wallets, but I was kinda dumb back then and told them I was just doing it for fun and no pay was necessary. Dagnabbit; coulda started capitalising. XD

Learned a lot of lessons doing that though; one in particular in which a street lamp at night revealed how a certain levitation involving a matchstick was done. Bummer moments, but definitely good teachers. =)

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