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I've seen a bunch of big juggling or sideshow acts, but what's the biggest street magic show you've seen? Was is at a festival, or were they able to pull it off on the streets?
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Do you mean crowd size or do you mean production?

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I mean production.
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Cirque Du Soleil's Midnight Sun show put on at the Montreal Jazz Festival. (ok not a busking show, but still a street show production)

For a busking show, was High Strung http://www.highstrung.ca/gallery.html
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This isn't the biggest production, by any means, but the crowd was MONSTROUS. The first year I worked at Dickens on the Strand, we were booked to do the broom suspension as well as a number of smaller items on a sidewalk that was elevated about 5 feet above street level. We had a crowd that stretched across the street, plus down to each end of the block. What a trip!
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Heres a large crowd,,, small production though,,,

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The Karamazovs used to do a five man juggling show with lots of props, etc.
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Great pic nick!

Sure you had over 1500 people watching you at the night busker fest last year in Auckland!!!

See you agin here soon!!

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The biggest one I ever saw was a guy named Pepe in Covent Garden. He does sort of a walk behind act.
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Sorry, I think that's Pep-pe [pronounced Pep-pay]. I dunno. Anyway, he would completely fill the big piazza on an ordinary day, no fest. That pitch is huge, not only filling the ground but the upstairs terraces. I could only imagine him at a festival. The locals told me there that that's every day for him.

He's kinda scary. You don't know what he might do, and no one is safe from his mischief. Every show I saw, there would be a group of strangers who would band together in a group to make a run for [@ 20 people] from behind him, so they get to where they were going. The funniest part is when he would discover them, and they'd start screaming and running, and he'd chase 'em.

One week, every morning he'd instruct me a little, but I suck too bad at character miming.....I still feel honored he'd take the time with me.
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On 2007-01-03 16:48, jimmy talksalot wrote:
One week, every morning he'd instruct me a little, but I suck too bad at character miming.....I still feel honored he'd take the time with me.


Jimmy, you are a natural clown, my friend, and I mean that as the highest compliment. Learning that kind of panto is like learning to play an instrument. It feels very unnatural until it starts to swing, but trust me, you would be awesome at it if you wanted to.

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Every show I saw, there would be a group of strangers who would band together in a group to make a run for [@ 20 people] from behind him, so they get to where they were going. The funniest part is when he would discover them, and they'd start screaming and running, and he'd chase 'em.


I really want to understand this, but it makes no sense written as is..love your enthusiasm.
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He would be doing his show [harassing people]. He had built a massive crowd in a circle, so people could not get down through the street, which created a need for a good many pedestrians to need to get through. These same pedestrians were too afraid to pass by the entertainer, so they had a meeting behind him where he could not see them. They decided to all run together, as a group, to have strength in numbers. When he noticed them, he began to chase them; which frightened them, and they, in turn, panicked and ran screaming.

Alright, you had to be there.
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There are several UK buskers doing this type of Mickey Take show. Dave Solo is probably the best at it, as he knows where the boundaries are.
The guy in the Garden has over-stepped the mark on several occasions (stopping transport, sitting on the bonnet of moving cars, etc., etc.), and it has backfired on him more than once.

This type of "Show", if that's what you call it (I would describe it more as a walk around entertainment), plays on situation...visible, not verbal, and relies on feedback for result.

People feedback can be plus or minus, so the outcome is not under the control of the Performer/Mickey Taker...so as a street act earner, it would, on the whole, fail.

Best described as the antics played on unsuspecting speckies by the slightly over the eight...drunk!!!

Solo's act is structured so that he can go out of the circle to take the mic, then pop back into the performing area to take the applause. This works very well with him keeping his crowd tight, and gives him the ease of the bottle at the end.

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I always love these kinds of acts. I think the "line" is far more blurred with this kind of panto/clowning. There is lots of Chaplin, Keaton, and Jacques Tati in these acts, and much of the funniest situations are when these guys get in trouble with other people. I also think the people understand what is going on and have some kind of a choice. I don't know, it really is a grey area. This guy, Pepe, from what I understand, plays the part of a homeless drunkard. He actually is hanging out with the real homeless guys when he stands up and does a show.

If that is your character, and you are going to play it well, you really need to go way over the top. I can see it causing a lot of problems, and I can see him having trouble with the law. But I bet it is hysterical to watch, and he probably makes a killing. I really love this type of clowning.

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I met Pepe this year and saw him perform. I must admit, I have never laughed so much watching a street show. I was crying and my sides splitting, and even now thinking of his show is making me laugh. This guy is a real legend that just does what he does, and I don't think he knows how he does it himself.

One night, while out for a drink, an unmanned bar was soon manned by Pepe. It was the funniest thing I have seen for a long time. Soon, there was ques ordering drinks from him, taking orders and money, but the taps were off. Security guards moved in and, not finding their happy place, escorted him off site.
I laugh every time I think of it.
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See, I told you.


Ar Don, do you perform? I couldn't find any info on you. Check me out at myspace.com/jimmytalksalot

I hope you understand what we're talking about, now.

I think I need a proper site...oh well.
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Jimmy,
I think your MySpace looks great! I think it works as well as a regular site would.
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