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It doesn't change my thinking on the subject but I think you are correct.

At the same time, I'll bet there are balloonists that have lines/bits/gags for every balloon they make, literally an act,
and are actually entertaining the kids and parents while they endure the begging line.

There would certainly be some creativity in that, which I could appreciate give a hearty thumbs up.

Tony, if one is so in need of money and being a statue was a way to honestly make some income, I have nothing but praise and admiration for them.
They're doing something.
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An interesting article about statues...note the one fellow has been doing it 25 years!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2......rformers
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Ok, Off Topic post but this thread made me think of this....If there are any other Doctor Who fans out there I think they will know what I am talking about. How about a statue that is a "weeping angel"? Wouldn't that be something??
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I get it... I'm pretty certain 90% of your audience wouldn't.
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One time I saw a man using a fake human horse statue. In other words it looked like a human with a horse head on. The statue was on its hands with gloves on and one knee. One of its legs were kicked outwards as if he is holding his leg up the whole time. People thought it was a real human inside the outfit as they would leave money in the hat. The real human would set the statue up in a spot and walk away to handle his business. He would come back to take the statue and hat home the end of the day.

If you can have a hollow statue made like that, do busking about 50 feet away as you are watching the hat next to the fake horse statue. At the end of the day pack it up in your car and go home.

I think I saw it on Youtube.
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Dynamike, that is brilliant. Have my fake statue taking cash on one side of the street, and me taking cash on the other with my shows! I should hire you as my manager.
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On 2011-06-16 09:34, EVILDAN wrote:
I saw a guy a few weeks ago at Fanueil Hall. The bucket looked pretty good. Not sure how long he was out there. But yeah, they move when money is put in the bucket. They don't move a lot, but there seems to be the fascination on what it's going to do next.

How can we work that into a magic act. Toss money in my hat and see what I'll do next? The bigger the hat, the bigger and better the trick?


Funny you should mention that. I did think about standing behind a table and in front of the table would be a sign that reads "does tricks for money"....of course it might get me arrested :0)

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On 2011-06-21 00:30, Dynamike wrote:
One time I saw a man using a fake human horse statue. In other words it looked like a human with a horse head on. The statue was on its hands with gloves on and one knee. One of its legs were kicked outwards as if he is holding his leg up the whole time. People thought it was a real human inside the outfit as they would leave money in the hat. The real human would set the statue up in a spot and walk away to handle his business. He would come back to take the statue and hat home the end of the day.

If you can have a hollow statue made like that, do busking about 50 feet away as you are watching the hat next to the fake horse statue. At the end of the day pack it up in your car and go home.

I think I saw it on Youtube.


Ha ha! I remember this - about 4-5 years ago - Detroit possibly.
It would be funnier to enable it to move a little once money was inserted.
I'll just set up 20 of them and retire...
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I do the Balloon thing, and yes there is a ling,joke, gag, or bit for every thing. and I will at times refuse to make doggies. have the kids (or grown ups) to stump me. this is a lot of fun, but then agean I'm not a sword and doggie kinda balloon guy.

There is more to the statue thing than face paint and a milk crate, I have the luck to have seen some who were very good, and yes they made hat. but if you are just a "crate slug" well like any thing else you will get out of it what you put into it.

And the Dr. Who episode was "blink" I think. and I saw some one do a costume for that. way cool.
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Even if there's good money in it, I can't see myself standing for hours on end with out moving. Takes a special type of person to do that kind of work.
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Crate slugs...


ugh.



So many wannabe performers end up on the crate because their show never got any good, or they were lazy and didn't want to give it the time it deserves.


I think there are some fantastic statues out there and I respect what they do. Their costumes are beautiful, and their make-up is flawless. They have respect for what they do and it shows. These are true performers.
I laugh at the ones that do it because they just arent any good at anything else nor do they want to work at having a better show...so they go for the "easier money". "Oh look the statue is making more money than me, I'm going to the hardware store to get some paint!" These people are the "crate slugs".
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Perhaps someone should do an instructional video on crate slugging.
Do you think there's any chance that someone will do it?
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Riff, the crate is simply used to stand on
It would be funny to make a video explaining how a milk crate works
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Hey Zoobini...come to think of it, I don't ever recall seeing actual milk in the crates since school days...


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Perhaps when I get older I may want to do balloons and not a big circle show but I doubt it. Something about having a huge crowd. Eh, who am I kidding? I'd never do statue. If I wanted to just stand around all day in order to get money I'd work for the government.
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I am a professional entertainer that chooses the busking lifestyle. It's hard work, and very rewarding, and I've paid my dues. I post helpful comments around here when ever I feel like I can advance the dialog in a positive direction. I almost never get involved in personality disputes in threads driven by ego; I don't take sides for or against just because a certain person's name is being used. I couldn't care less if someone follows Gazzo over Talksalot; I couldn't care less if you twist, or do mime, or do circle shows. What I do care about is advancing our common name and our common reputation, especially here in the States where busking is so misunderstood. As Eduardo has astutely surmised, I don't do "half words". I talk straight and tell it like it is, 100% of the time. But sometimes I choose not to respond to childish taunts in the hope that they will just get bored and leave me alone. But when they don't; when they persist; when they get louder and start to bring in their friends, then it's time to step in and say enough is enough. Like with a drunken heckler. That's all I'm doing here. I'm just saying, hey you've had your "fun", but enough is enough, now move on. Just pick up your bottle, stop slobbering and tripping all over my stage and me, and move on and let me get back to work. Thank you. I'm here all week. Be sure to tip your waitress.
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I wish I could have stuff deleted. Like anything that has to do with statues. I think they are great at theme parks when water is shooting out of them and the makeup is gorgeous but I think the guys that paint themselves with spray paint from a diy store and stand there on a crate give buskers a bum rap. Anyone can paint themselves and stand still. ANYONE that cares to. It takes no talent and less brains. Makes Buskers look like beggars. That's a bum rap. Do they make money? Sure. I have seen guys with card board signs saying "Will Work For Food" walk around the corner and get into a Benz to drive away. In L.A. I've seen a guy dumpster diving and then go get in a Jag. There is money there but I feel there is little respect for yourself. How do you want to make money. Not how much money can be made.

That is how I feel. Is it worth deleting? As long as we are deleting feelings it may as well be. You have to wake up to yourself every morning. Not me or anyone else.

p.s. I have started a list of why I like GOOD buskers over cruise ship entertainers. It's given me a laugh. I may share it on a blog or something. #1. Buskers are funny.
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When I was studying mime at a certain Parisian school, we did a couple of evenings out as statues for exercises in perspective on certain aspects of mime training. We were also allowed to keep any money we happened to make during this exercise, it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. I must mention that I am not a busker or street worker (not really my thing), but I will say that it still takes a fair bit of creativity to come up with a good character and an interesting costume. Three of us cleaned up pretty well those 6 nights...I can definitely see how some statues do very well with it and as Frank Starsini said previously, when money needs to be made (desperately or not) at least they are doing something.
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