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In the vast, beautiful realm of the urban setting, aka the city / turf / or 'Ocean', there are a wide variety of creatures which the 'swimmer' / citizen will encounter. Although many are more dangerous, such as the mugger (aka thug / hammmerhead shark) or the purse-snatcher (aka sticky-fingers / mako shark), and others are more alluring such as the stripper (aka mermaid) probably none is so entertaining & endearing than the busker (aka street-performer / dolphin). This is our topic, along with some of the busker's cousins also found in the Urban realm.

Before examining the busker, let's have a look at some of the other wildlife, which is often confused with our playfull quarry.
1) THE BEGGAR (aka bum / vagrant / seagull) This creature's primary purpose in life seems to be the annoyance of all around him to the end of finally getting some sort of free handout. Beware....giving to one will almost assuredly bring on an entire flock of them. They really can't do anything to you, so it's best to simply try & ignore their screeching.

2) THE HUSTLER (aka con-artist / barracuda) Like gypsies, these slick creatures are often mistaken for buskers...to the erring one's peril. Although the hustler's actions may appear facinating & entertaining, rest assured, they are NOT meant to amuse, only to enrich. The hustler that is. Card & shell games are the primary method, along with the occasinal sale of hot (stolen / moody) goods. Though instances of attacks on citizens are rare, these carnivores are certainly not above using force if necesary, often employing freinds known as 'stick-men' to work security. There is also an unverified rumor that hustlers never cheat children. The child can still LOSE, but it will be FAIRLY. Also, if he's having a good day, the hustler might go easy on you if he likes you, but if you insist on being adventurous and swimming with these sharp predators, be ready for anything.

3) THE GYPSY (aka Pikey / shark) The life of this truly ancient species can be summed up in one word:SURVIVAL. Tracing it's roots back over thousands of years, the one thing which has remained constant is their reputation as untrustworthy predators, and citizen's fear of & facination with them. The species of gypsy varies tremendously from nation to nation, with the heaviest (and most dangerous) concentrations found in the Balkans. Although they can be beautifull creatures to watch, they should be regarded as attacking predators, especialy at night. Depending on where you are, their technique may range from a distraction-snatch, to posing as local plain-clothes police, and demanding a fine. If you must watch, do so from a distance, and in the daytime, when their actions are occasionaly entertaining. NOTE:One facinating aspect of the gypsy is that they must constantly remain on the move. They are almost never seen in the same area for more than a few days.

4) THE BUSKER (aka street-performer / dolphin) Of all the creatures listed, these are the ones which seem to have a genuine interest in citizens, and a liking for them. Wonderfully skilled and highly intelligent, they seem to have a desire to entertain, and happily accept any gifts thrown to them as a reward. As of this writing, there has never been an incident of a busker attacking a citizen, and children seem especially enthralled by their antics. In fact, in many cases where the busker's natural habitat is threatened by local authorities, or other authorities do things which may drive the buskers away, citizens have actually been known to protest in favor of the busker's rights! Probably the most oft-watched buskers are the 'juggling' variety....you simply can't help but stop and watch their amazing feats of playfull agility. The most common variety seems to be the musical busker, who offers naught but sound, and the quality can vary tremendously. The class of busker which seems to really get involved with the citizens is the conjuror class. They have been know to simply swim RIGHT UP to citizens and start amusing / amazing them. Rumors abound regarding the wild and wierd abilities of the conjuror buskers, with many citizens(often called 'hecklers') trying to disprove the conjuror's intelligence. Also bear in mind that if you encounter a conjuror class busker, you will more than likely be in for a bit of deception, teasing and good-natured mockery, but try to remember, it's all in fun.

In summary, it's a wild ocean...full of both visual wonders and dangers.....swim at your own risk.
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