How about a piece on "real" street magic?
I'd love to see an in depth piece on Cellini, Gazzo, or some of the other kings of the wild frontier.
The stuff I've seen about Jeff Sheridan has always been great, but there are many other guys knocking out a living by drawing an edge and filling a flush hat.
For 2 weeks last summer I stood watching Gazzo ply his trade at anillegal "Guerrilla spot" here in Boston.
He did 4 or 5 tricks, every last one of them hoary standards played a million times to people all over the planet.
But, this guy was different, very different. Every single action had been honed by 15 or 20 shows a day, 5 or 6 days a week, 30 weeks a year, for about 20 years.
This was the guy who had a seal blow in his head while he worked a pitch. Everyone thought he was dead.
The guy I saw was anything but. People I talk to either love him or hate him but they all agree he is at the top of the pyramid as far as street workers go.
This sounds like quite a story to me, and I didn't even mention who he learned his punch work from. He was the only student of the steel gutiar playing card shark Walter Scott. Also known as the Phantom of the card table.
Hell, re-reading this Gazzo could probably sell his life story to Tom Hanks.