Fun can be hard work, ask any entertainer–better yet, ask a busker.
At this year’s Busker’s Festival, I gained a front row appreciation for the sweat equity invested by these modern day vaudevillians.
When it comes to catching and holding a crowd, they’re playing with fire.
I had seen this married pair perform before, but enjoyed this close-up so much more.
The crowd was pumped…
As is often the case–a call was made for audience participation, and a young girl responded.
Fortified, our young volunteer made ready for the catch in the hat.
Alas, not all attempts are successful, though she made an after-the-fact lunge.
Despite the drop she was a happy camper, and got $20 for her performance.
Meanwhile the leader of the next act was warming up by massaging the shoulder’s of an audience member .
Until the tourist turned the tables.
These break dancers from the heart of the city, brought a bit of New York to Victoria’s island scene.
And yes, they asked for audience participants.
Earlier, I had mistakenly responded to their question: “Anyone here from New York?”
“Born in Brooklyn,” I shouted.
Minutes later, I found myself in front of my own camera, pulled up from my front row seat to “dance”. Dare I say, I got a bit carried away.
After I exited, to the high fives of 8, 10 and 12 year olds, the show climaxed with a successful leap over a bevy of new volunteers…
…and a fare thee well from the buskers.