Since I get my television through www.Direct2tv.com/, I have access to a ton of channels and, with so much out there, I occasionally find some strange stuff. In fact, that’s how I first got interested in street performing and all the various ways people can astound and inspire in public.
One form of street performance that has always been impressive to me is the “human statue.”
Just as the name suggests, a person stands in public – sometimes dressed as a famous celebrity – and holds that position. Some people jazz it up by donning an outfit with a distinctive copper shine to it to further convey the illusion that they are statues. Some people even hold very difficult poses.
However, the human statue performances that are most enjoyable are the ones where the performers like to ham it up and spook the audience. Some of these people are so skilled that people actually think they are real statues…until the performer smiles at them or jumps out to spook someone taking a picture.
As with anything associated with comedy, there is timing involved as well as dedication to the illusion. That’s what makes a great human statue performance even better – when you let the audience members participate.