Weekend wrap-up: Buskers Festival

Sentosa Buskers Festival is back again for its second year. I missed the first one so I made an effort this time round to see it. These buskers come from all over the world and are not your usual street entertainers along Orchard Road, such as your accordion player, the china troupe or some old man with clogs and a harmonica. The ones at Sentosa are a mix of jugglers, acrobats, puppeteers and mimes, who perform with a slight international flair. my favourite is always the mimes.

Senmaru & Yuki (Japan). they juggle spinning cups and plates atop sticks. kinda impressive but the Japanese accent made it hard for them to interact with the crowd.

 

There was water spinning from the plate.

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Jonathon Acorn (New Zealand) doing some string thing

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Acromanuel (Mexico) balancing on one hand?

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he got this kid in to participate. she literally stood there holding onto this metal stand that had completely NOTHING to do with the sticks his hand standing on. after that he congratulated her for doing a good job.

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spinning a metal cube.

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map of activity. i like the colours

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show times.

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Benny B (Australia). he does all sorts of things, one of it is juggling. here he is balancing an orange ball on a spoon.

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I love audience participation. he called this kid (probably Taiwanese) who barely understood English, and told him to hold his bowler hat upside down. Benny was going to juggle the balls and toss them one at a time into the hat, which the kid was supposed to catch. the over-excited kid started running after Benny WHILE he was still juggling, all the while shrieking and laughing like his life depended on it. the kid was so funny I wasn’t watching the juggling anymore.

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Video of kid freaking out over orange balls.

Karcocha. he’s my favourite act. he’s not completely silent as he has a buzzer tied to his nose or mouth or something, which he buzzes quite liberally at the audience. you can guess what he’s trying to say to you by the wondering tone or the disapproving wheeze of each buzz. here, one of the girls asked to take a picture with him so he agreed by offering his arm. instead of facing the camera, he walks away, while buzzing the Wedding March under his breath.

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He made her kneel infront of the imaginary altar while she protests loudly.

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after making the sign of the cross and saying I Do, he expected her to do the same but she didn’t, the poor mime was so distraught he couldn’t be comforted.

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WHYYYYYY???????????!!!!! he wailed. he was so upset he climbed onto one of the foam letters in the background and attempted to jump to his death. although it was a rather short jump.

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I went back again the next day to catch his act proper. Karcocha’s specialty is impromptu interactions with motorists but he modified his act with children. he is so funny!! Here’s another video off Facebook of him interacting with one of the lorries on Sentosa: VIDEO

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