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1984 Edinburgh Festival Fringe: I witnessed bits from Macbeth which utilized Knife Thru Arm & a spiking effects through the body combined with masses of stage blood. The play's spectral aspects came to life by the same principles of physics (static charges) seen in a levitating orb.

What was brilliant about the effects is that they punctuated what was acted not as an end in themselves. The magic was paced like throw away moments, whilst remaining utterly inexplicable stage combat & ghosts effects. There was real magic in the performance.

The brief bit in the street designed to promote their next show worked. I bought a ticket & wasn't disappointed.
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York has a couple of piano guys (no robots though). They just do the trickle and add a nice bit of ambiance to the place. No vans just piano's on wheels. they move about chasing the tourist route, just push the thing from pitch to pitch. Cool!
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I wrote a short act based on a longer math show I created. It's called, "everything you learn in high school math in 15 minutes or less". I've yet to perform this short show on the street, but I've been busking for a couple of years now and am pretty sure that it would/will play just fine and make decent hats.

My pitch is no longer a hidden treasurer, so I may not even go out this year. Hence, this show may never see the light of day. However, I'm a writer and a creator. Having written the show was as much of a rush for me as having performed it. And thus, I'm still at ease with the project regardless of any hats it may one day make. QED
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I have performed the subtrunk on the streets many many times. I think its probably the best setting for the subtrunk!! I worked the Streets with INVENTORUR, to be found here on the forum. Providing you use an all round cloth it's fantastic. I have also done a mind reading routine on the streets
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One who hasn't been mentioned yet is Artis the Spoon Man. He is quite possibly the best spoon player in the world, bar none. When he plays, he looks like an explosion in a cutlery factory. He also does some of the best string figures around. He is a busker, through and through. I met him while working at the Texas Renaissance Festival. We also ran into each other at Scarborough Faire. He has entertained all over the world with his spoon act.

Look him up on YouTube.

I remember him when he was living out of an old school bus. He still might be. He was one of the most memorable characters I ever met.

Another really cool street act whose name I do not know was a fellow I saw on the square in front of the cathedral in Salzburg. He had a marionette that looked like Duke Ellington that played a miniature piano. If you put a coin in the glass on top of the piano, the puppet stopped playing, lifted his shades and looked into the glass. The music came from a boom box that was controlled by a switch on the control bar. It could have been a mercury switch, so that when the bar was turned to let the marionette lift his shades, it turned the music off.

This was a very subtle "money-getting" device. You would drop in that first coin, the marionette would stop playing and look into the glass. You might have thought "did I just see what I thought I saw?" And you would do it again. You could go through several Schillings (or Euros, now) before you realized the cleverness of this approach. The music was good, too!
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I saw a guy with a huge rig, he performed a slack wire act juggling and riding a unicycle on a slack wire. his finale was a one armed hand stand 18 feet above the street with no net. He drew huge crowds and his hats were the same.
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On 2010-03-13 15:05, Bill Palmer wrote:
Another really cool street act whose name I do not know was a fellow I saw on the square in front of the cathedral in Salzburg. He had a marionette that looked like Duke Ellington that played a miniature piano. If you put a coin in the glass on top of the piano, the puppet stopped playing, lifted his shades and looked into the glass.


I met this guy in Switzerland years ago in the 1990's. There's a whole village in Yugoslavia that's known for these handmade puppeteers. I'll post a few pics of him that I took when I run across them.
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