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joculari
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Hello,

I've juggled for little things at friend's parties and for my school before but I've never performed in front of people I don't know. I was thinking since I don't have too much of the showmanship charisma I was thinking I could do some busking through a "statue".

Essentially I'll pose on a soapbox downtown and whenever someone gives me money I'll do a flourish or mills mess with clubs then I'll resume my pose. I've never really done anything of the sort and I was wondering if anyone else has and whether they have any words of advice.

Thanks in advance
Scott Xavier
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This stuff banks! There is a lot of people who give large sums of money for such activities, and surprisingly enough they love statues...

Also I would recommend giving something away, maybe candy.
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Sounds interesting. Give it a go, and let us know how it works in the real world!

It wouldn't work for me, because I could not stand still and shut up long enough, but I admire a performer who is wise enough to know what he is, and isn't and willing to try something new.

Good Luck, and Go for it friend!

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There are a few "statue" type buskers in Los Angeles. Two of them have silver suits and paint their faces totally silver also. They have silver whistles in their mouths and that's what they "talk" with. They stand on egg crates and move like robots when they do move. Another guy I've seen is really cool. He is a statue and he sits on a chair and everything about him looks like he's sitting in a 100 mph wind. His tie is sticking off at an acute angle as if in a strong wind.

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Jason K.
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Be warned:

Better have a plan for the jack****** that come up to you and try and make you laugh, poke your eyes, tickle you, etc.

I've seen it happen a lot.
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I've been doing the statue for about 4 or 5 years now. Jason K. is correct, you will get people that will attempt to harass the statue - although if you win the public over they wont be much of a concern.

You will also hear the same stock lines over and over, “I bet if I took his money it would make him move" etc.

When I work I have a few tricks that will get the audience to pay out more than once - sometimes two or three times. I also have some stock poses that I go through but I mostly adapt to what is around me.

Some healthy advice - stay mobile. This is not to mean that I mean stay animated all the time. I mean to say that if cash flow isn’t up to your liking or slows - move
yourself to a spot with more traffic.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to throw them my way.


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Europe is loaded with statue posers of all kinds. Especially clever ones in Amsterdam at Dam Square. People line up to have their photos taken standing next to them. Saw a lot of 'em in Florence, Italy too.

Clever image and makeup is the key. One guy just wore a death mask and a robe with a scythe and was doing well.

Oh yeah, two guys near the UFIZI (sp?) Museum in Florence dressed as famous artists (DaVinci was one) and they had a picture in a frame of Mona Lisa with a cutout hole for someone to put their face through... they were making a TON of money.

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Nothing like that was in Florence when I was there five or six years ago. There was, however, some street musicians from South America at the Dumo Cathedral.
You back from Europe, Pete? Welcome back.
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blindbo
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Pete, you're close...its Uffizi.

I was there two years ago and the posers outside the museum were great, as you said. Do you recall "The Real David"? HAHAHAHA, he was good!

I believe a Statueing magician would be a terrific idea! Come to life, like an automatron and do a trick....that sounds like a real winner!
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You could dress yourself and your box up like one of those kids 'ride on' toys with a box with a slot for coins (and a bigger slot of notes of course!). When someone deposits coin you 'come to life' and juggle/do a trick for a while and then 'shut down' again.

If you have the ability to stand perfectly still for a long time then you should have a lot of luck, as it has been said before, people love 'real statues'.

Let us know how it all goes,

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Yeah, I stay in Glasgow and there are two guys up there who do it and they are just phenomenal. They have a whole comedy thing going on. They're great. Go for it man.
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There was a juggler at the Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon, who did something similar to that.

He set up a coin box on a pole, like one of those little horse rides for kids, when people put in money it would animate him, like a ride, for a little while. The more money, the longer the performance.

He was an excellent juggler, with a comedic juggling style.

The box avoided people threatening to "take" his money. Him being behind it sort of set himself a little space, in the hour or so I saw him no one really tried to go into his space and bother him.
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Hey I didn't know statues could talk. No sorry man no offence I hope. I think that if you feel you lack that performance charisma statuing is a great way to get started. I know so many top street performer's here in Melbourne, Australia, that are jugglers now pulling in HUGE hats who started with statuing.

I say go for it and good luck.

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I've got to admit that I've never heard of this. Smile

It sounds like something different and a real attention grabber for spectators. Good luck with it! Please let us know how it goes.
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On 2003-08-13 23:13, magicbygeorge wrote:
I've been doing the statue for about 4 or 5 years now.

What city do you statue in?
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I saw a really good statue performer in Salzburg this past summer. He was dressed in gold lamè, and had his face completely done over in gold. He stood stock still until someone came over and tipped him. Then he moved and gently tapped the donor on the head with a giant sunflower, as if to bless them. It was cute, artistic and original.

When the fellow took his break, I gave him my card and asked him to drop me a line. He does some other statue characters also. He is originally from Croatia. He is quite an experienced mime. In the course of busking over the years, he has found that the statue is his best money maker.
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At Seattle's big music festival, "Bumbershoot", there were a number of these. The best ones my family saw were a pair of guys who wore a kind of cowl over their heads and sunglasses. They had on business suits as well. Every visible inch of them was covered in a painted pattern that resembled marble kind of, but also looked like Jackson Pollock paint spattering. Their facepaint blended with this as well.

They worked as a team so they could look out for each other. Their come-on was to unexpectedly reach out to shake hands or hug anyone who put money in their pot. Often times people would try to sneak money in without getting caught.

My wife and I watched them for close to 20 minutes. When I finally went to put money in I was ready for a handshake but was caught off gaurd when the other guy came up from behind and grabbed me in a hug.
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I just got back from New Orleans and saw three different Statue acts; one was a woman in silver, including her face, and she went through some robot motions when tipped. Another guy, took the same spot on a different day, and was dressed very ordinarily (Jeansm,a plaid shhirt, and a baseball type hat). He got very little attention, and I saw him leave the spot a couple of times and come back later.I never saw anyone tip him.

The most interesting one was a fellow dressed up as Uncle Sam; (very bright colors) and he was posed as if he was walking briskley and was in full stride with one leg way forward and the heel of the foot was just touching the ground with toes skyward. He also had a fake dog on a leash way out in front, and from the appearance, you could ealiy imagine he was walking fast.

He was set up across Royal street, almost from curb to curb, and had a 5 gal bucket next to him, and when anyone tipped him, he would verbally thanks them, without moving his mouth or changing his pose at all.

There wasn't much foot traffic on Royal street that day, but he got a few tips from passer bys.

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Back in the 70's and 80's I worked under the AKA

Mime over Matter. I was about 40 pounds lighter and in much better shape. Store work featured the "Statueing" you mentioned. I remember a fun gig at the Lancome counter work,Hallmark Stores in KC's Crown Center and the opening of our A,T &T Building. I also remember going in "Green Face" to a Zuchini Festival in Reno, Nevada.

I was off course a nearly normal mime, in that I included mouth generated sound effects.

As I got older, I perfered indoor to outdoor work. I still have a picture of working a New Years Eve outside in Downtown Kansas City.

If you are into workshops check out the Kapootz Clowns if they come to your area. I went to one of their workshops and benefited alot.

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Is there any literature out there on learning "statueing" that you could lead me to?? I assume this art form is similar to mime. Replies appreciated. Cheers........ Smile
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