<![CDATA[Busker Central Odds and ends Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers en Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:03:32 -0500 <![CDATA[Re-imagining Times Square]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=194&c=8&sid=b1aee0f9c00c7b7ac1d95349fdd56f47 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=194&c=8&sid=b1aee0f9c00c7b7ac1d95349fdd56f47 (NEW YORK) Times Square, the self-proclaimed "Crossroads of the World," is the top destination for tourists hoping for the quintessential Gotham experience. An article by John Tierney in City Journal magazine takes us through a 2+ decades trip of Times Square. Recent developments have converted automobile traffic lanes into lanes for street-performers and street-vendors.
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"Fake Buddhist monks begging for money, living statues, the Naked Cowboy, topless women, and a horde of costumed cartoon characters are all pressuring tourists to pay them for a picture - because nothing says New York like a selfie with the Incredible Hulk."

"A remade Times Square could start taking shape at the end of this year when the new plaza is supposed to be finished. By then, city officials hope to have...

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Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:20:10 -0400
<![CDATA[Buskers melt in 117° desert heatwave]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=140&c=8&sid=b1aee0f9c00c7b7ac1d95349fdd56f47 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=140&c=8&sid=b1aee0f9c00c7b7ac1d95349fdd56f47 (LAS VEGAS) Let's take a trip down the Strip in Las Vegas and see how the buskers are melting. No, it's not that kind of trip. This is for reals.
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It's never been hotter in Sin City which just tied an all time record of 117 (47.2 C) degrees in June. Regular street-performers seem to be gravitating towards the Fremont Street Experience where it's a tad cooler. But anyone in an enclosure or costume almost has to have a whole thermos of cold water with them.

Cupid has the right idea. This short, chubby busker runs around in his wings sporting a white g-string. Mix in a few drunks and it makes for a good time - assuming you drink. This is, after all, Las Vegas - home to over 400 Elvis'.

Off to the left is a Golden Statue, to the right is Gold Man. In the center is Golden Girl. Down the way is Sponge Bob...

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Tue, 02 Jul 2013 02:05:44 -0400
<![CDATA[Worlds largest busk breaks Guinness Record]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=104&c=8&sid=b1aee0f9c00c7b7ac1d95349fdd56f47 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=104&c=8&sid=b1aee0f9c00c7b7ac1d95349fdd56f47 (SYDNEY) From hulahoops to didgeridoos, over 260 buskers turned out to break the Guinness World's Record of 230 set in the UK for the world's largest busk.
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Although not all were authentic buskers with the youngest being 4 years old, they were officially registered as performers who came out to busk for a worthy cause and break the record at the same time.

Performers played for two hours in 100 places as part of the Bondi Winter Magic Festival donating their day's earnings to SoundSchool which teaches music to disadvantaged children.

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Tue, 02 Aug 2011 02:27:03 -0400
<![CDATA[Cirque du Soleil celebrates 25th anniversary]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=45&c=8&sid=b1aee0f9c00c7b7ac1d95349fdd56f47 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=45&c=8&sid=b1aee0f9c00c7b7ac1d95349fdd56f47
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The circus company, with 19 traveling and permanent shows now playing, sold 11 million tickets worldwide last year and has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents since 1984.

What started as a ragtag group of 20 street performers has blossomed into a global entertainment empire with an estimated net worth of three billion dollars and 4,000 employees in 40 countries.

Founded by former fire-eater Guy Laliberte, whose idea to transform circus acrobatics into sensational, plot-driven theatre has revolutionized this sector of the entertainment industry, it has however always remained true to its root

The performers originate from n...

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Mon, 08 Jun 2009 03:44:29 -0400
<![CDATA[Famous busker returns to his roots]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=74&c=8&sid=b1aee0f9c00c7b7ac1d95349fdd56f47 http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=74&c=8&sid=b1aee0f9c00c7b7ac1d95349fdd56f47 (FISHERMANS WHARF) It looks like the Amazing Johnathan is returning to his roots and taking a break from his Las Vegas show.
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Years ago, the former street performer had his show at the Golden Nugget...or was it Fitzgeralds? Circus Circus? Anyway, I forget where John Szeles's show was but he's heading where it all began.

The insult comic, the Amazing Johnathan, has built his show over the years into a solid, if not down right weird, Las Vegas show that probably has more jokes per minute than any current show running. It also drops more F-bombs than Pesci in "Casino". With a 3-act structure, the former busker has shown others the way to create and perform Vegas-style.

I believe Carrot Top, like Sinbad, first started performing on the streets of Westwood in L.A. It's seems like a while...

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