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Southbank, Melbourne: 15 reviews and 30 photos

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Is there anything in the world as pleasing as a quality busker taking up half an hour of your time and purveying his wares?
This guy was good. I loved it. He was one of a few on Southbank on weekends and his patter was guaranteed to charm the audience, alternating between his tricks and manipulation of the spectators.
Ever armed with my camera, I raised it to take a shot when he immediately raised his hand and bade me wait as he threw himself on the ground in three outrageous poses (Pics 1-3) and had me click away. The crowd loved it.
He had entreated a good natured member of the audience to move in closer. Three times over a period of 5 minutes without avail until he went over and actually carried him next to the "stage". Needless to say, the crowd loved it even more.
Poor young Michael got roped in next, holding his arm, finger outstretched, up to the sky, whereupon Asher used it for a coat stand, with the rejoinder that "It's all right, if you get tired, you can switch to the other hand".
His act went for 45 minutes and, as Asher so correctly pointed out, busking is pure theatre. If you enjoy it, make it worth their while. Personally I make it a point to be at the head of the queue if they're good because, think of all the shows you've paid good money to see and not been entertained as well as some of these guys can do.
Asher, encore.

Address: Yarra River, Melbourne

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 12, 2006
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