Passing the Hat
Today we look at 'passing the hat'. It is an expression that street
performers use to describe the act of going around with a hat and
Most people who watch a street show know that the performer will be
collecting money at the end of the show. They expect it. But you still
have to tell them that you want money. That is where your hat line comes
into the picture.
Here's a tip. Always deliver your hat lines BEFORE you do your finale.
People will stick around and listen to your hat lines just to see your
finale. They want to see the grandest part of the show. However, if you
say your hat lines after your finale, people are going to walk off.
There is nothing to keep them there and generally, most people do not like
giving away money.
So deliver your hat lines, do your finale, say a quick thank you...get
the hat and start collecting the money. Be fast...but don't look
In my book, 'Street Performer', I have provided quite a few hat lines
that are witty and yet get the message across that you want money and
that they have to donate! A good hat line makes all the difference when
it comes to collecting money.
I wish you all the best.