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Doug Higley
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Now your talkin' Doc...(by the way...I do comical sculpts too...not just icky...
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I could make a fortune in Mexico!...well...somebody could.
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Zack
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Those skeletons are standard. They sell them in Hispanic areas around halloween. I think they're some kind of folk tradition.

Hollywood toys carries them.
vernon
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And this is why I don't want (difficult to stop...) anyone videotaping my show...loads of peole get to see it if that's the case and I don't get tipped.Its not on...I know of many performers who get the folks videoing to stop (in a nice way...as bad karma affects the hat...and after alls said and done that's THE big reason a lot of us busk)as those that tape don't normally pay. And why should someone be able to walk away with a video of a performance...unless the perfomer has allowed it.Just a question...did the videoer of this skeleton A)Get permission and B) Tip the hat...Now Vids have been shown here by performers of their own performance...which is okay, but not for someone else to do without A and B...Sorry just a wee rant there...
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Greetings and Salutations vernon,

There's nothing wrong with politely asking a videographer to stop taping, and I understand your point completely; however, based on my more than 10 years experience as a news photographer, your ability to make someone stop taping you at a public venue is limited at best. If you perform in public you are inviting attention, which in turn invites cameras and video cameras, which leaves you with only a few options: 1.) stop performing, 2.) ignore the camera and carry on with your show, 3.) ask them politely to stop filming, or 4.) (fill in your own creative solution, 5.) etc.

My point, which I'm not making quickly enough is, you can ask them to stop, you can try to guilt trip them into tossing a tenner into you hat, but if you're performing in a public place -- which while busking you usually are -- there's little you can do to stop them from taping you wihtout stopping your show. I'm pointing this out for those who may not be familiar with the laws regarding photography/videography in public places, and "public place" has been interpreted pretty widely.

Joe in KC
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Great post, Joe. The only thing that you left out is that anyone who videotapes a busker without tipping is reborn as a skeleton puppet! That's why you can get them so cheap these days.

Yours,

Paul
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Greetings and Salutations,

I was curious about those low costs ... Thanks for the reminder Doc! Smile

Joe in KC
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Hi MagicUlysses, you are quite right. I have found that at first I got really peturbed and tried a variety of tactics to get them to pay...and at times just plainly asked them to stop taping...the problem with that is there always is someone taping (well 95% of the time...due to working in a specific tourist area...)So my way of dealing with it now is to make some joke(turn repeatedly to face camera and say'is your camera broke...is your camera broke...is your camera broke'...ad nauseum)It gets a laugh.As you say noght can be done, but I do find it galling, but let it ride...
Good call though.
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When I went to Barcelona, there were plenty of Street performers. This beats them all.
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WOW that guy was very good. I would like to meet him and get some pointers on where to start. I'm sure something like that would be very amusing busking!!
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Joe Russell
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Very funny, it almost took on a life of its own a couple of times youd swear it was real
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That is a great act! It is just another example for me of the thought that goes into an act to get the idea, timing, music, etc...to all come together and look as smooth as this does. I'm off to practice some more!
Mario Morris
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Finally got to see it!

I loved the way he worked his hat.

Mario
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Yeah, my daughter watched the clip with me and said when the puppet cried at the hat that would have prompted her to put in a dollar right there!
"He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." - Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche
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I just put an Awesome Skeleton Marionette up for sale in 'Tricks and Effects for Sale'.Check it out.

Rich
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Awesome that's all I have to say.
they thought it was impossible until they met me.

theres no reality in magic

did the magician come before the assistant or the other way around.
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Custom Made Dancing Marionette with unique "flyaway arms legs and head feature".This can be a Buskers Hat filler! Reduced to $165.00 PP USA.Check TRICKS AND EFFECTS FOR SALE for details.PM me for a Photo.
Steve V
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Can you post a linky thingy to a photo?
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Y'know, having seen that act, I could never bring myself to do it. Even if the guy was in Barcalona and has no chance of ever coming up to Providence and catching me work. Simple fact is it's his act and I couldn't do it as well.
"He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." - Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche
Harry Murphy
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Well you know that this guy (good as he is!) is not the first to do a dancing skeleton act. I got to see the great Percy Press in Blackpool England perform a dancing skeleton back in the late 60’s. Percy had performed his routine off and on for over 5 decades (it had the fly away head, arms, legs, etc). Many of the elements of this sweet act seem to be right from Percy’s.

You already know that Doug Higley performed a version back in the 70’s. I used to use my little ol’ Pelham (mentioned by Doug above) to draw crowds back the late 70’s too. I know of several other puppeteers/performers that have used the dancing skeleton on the street. Heck, after watching this I have pulled out my ol’ Pelham and started playing with it again! Not that I plan to perform it, but may just entertain house quests from time to time.

What I am saying is that if you could build a nice routine and maybe even thrown in your own original bits and moves (not to mention pick your own music) and not be stepping on anyone’s toes!
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Harry,

Good points. The trick is to make your own act. Using a skeleton is not the same as using a trademarked Purple Dinosaur. Don't think you'd get that big a reaction of of B****y any way.

David
Yes, I am a magician. No I did not make my hare (hair) disappear... it just took early retirement.
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