Whilst I was in Bath last weekend there was a Street Performer who was very convincing as a statue. He was standing in the centre of Kingston Parade, which is a big square which has benches all around the perimeter facing in. It was good to watch people watching him, like this woman who was studying him and waiting for any movement.
At first I thought he was doing it for money and waiting for people to drop money into a cap, but he wasn’t. He was there to promote the Museums of Bath.
What made it very entertaining to watch was the reaction he got from people when he moved. As he was so convincing, the reactions were so funny, as you can see here when he just outstretched his arm to shake hands with the little girl.
You can see the effect he had on these girls. Shock and surprise, ending with laughter.
I wandered off to other areas and when I returned he had moved to the corner of the Abbey. Here, he was stood close to a wall and people have a narrower pathway to follow. So many people just walked past not even looking, not taking in it was a person. Some people walked quite close to him, and this is what created the most amusing moments as you can see as this woman walked close to him.
You can see the fear in her face as he just reached out his hand. I was in stitches.
This was the reaction of a girl who was standing quite near and watching what was going on. She found it as funny as me.
I moved my position to the side of the statue. I got this shot of this couple walking towards me, just looking around as they walked.
Then the statue reached out and touched the guy on his head as he had just walked passed him.
If you notice in this shot, he has crouched his head down in reaction to the touch. He then looked and saw me, and saw me laughing. HE seemd quite stern, but looked around to see what I was facing. I pointed out that the statue had touched him on the head. He burst out laughing and couldn’t stop laughing when he explained that he had just walked from in front of the Abbey where there was a man who attracts the pigeons onto himself, and there were pigeons everywhere. He had walked this way to get away from the pigeons and he had thought that one had dive bombed him. We were both in stitches of laughter, and turned around to watch what was happening to others as they walked past, still laughing. I think it made his and his partners day.
Imagine walking along, in your own thoughts, past a statue, and suddenly you feel something on your head. The shocked reaction is so funny.
This guy was really good. HE was able to stay so still for so long, and was so convincing to so many people. That is why his reaching out had such a shock factor to people walking passed that he reached out to. And what gave so much laughter to myself and others who watched what was happening. Isn’t it great to have such Fun, Free entertainment.