I had always been a fan for Street Performers in the West who would daringly perform anything they fancied in public areas like beach sides and downtown's boulevards or even public parks.
I heard such performers or mimic actors originated from the days of the Roman empire, correct me if I am wrong. Anyways, I loved them coz I appreciate Arts of any form. I first saw such acts during my student days when Japanese mates drove me to Ocean City in New Jersey where such performers were attracting large crowds who thronged for their annual summer swim.
Then again, I saw them on off in Manhattan's Battery Park nearby the now collapsed World Trade Centre once stood. I guessed NYC has the most such performers in the States coz they have the highest number of street bums and jobless guys who would find anyway to earn money other than mugging or being street drunkards. How I wish our bastard Mat Rempits could also act and earn bucks doing any artistic acts at KLCC's Parks instead of robbing and vandalizing the streets at wee hours!
The Street Performers have become a hive Arts activity that is so well appreciated by general public till they hold such annual events on big scales in Edmonton-Canada, Venice, London and Rio De Janeiro.
I like this silver still-actors who would be standing or sitting for hours without moving a wink. By one hour, you can see their container filled to brim with assorted cash notes and coins thrown in by the public who are always supportive.
Then 2 nights ago, I arrived outside Sg.Wang to supervise an evening photography shoot of the Pavillion and Lot 10. We strolled the pavements and I was stunned to see this midget guy!!
He was garbed in fullest silver colour, from his hat to his painted bespectacled face till his shoes! Whooa! That was the first time I saw this in Malaysia. Have you, guys?? Tell me, if you see lots of them anywhere.
Why did he do that? Not many people supported him but he could have earned about RM10 in his tin can that night. Could he not get employed outside? But what could he do when he was just about 3 1/2 feet tall?? I pitied him and blamed his cruel karma for giving him no alternative choice.
On the better side, I am proud that he stood against all odds and braved himself to the public front to earn an honest living. So a word of advice to all you emo guys who have been sulking and choosy in your career paths!
TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NO MAN
"Woi you kena bayar duit dalam tin ni !!"
I was too engrossed in my deep thoughts until I forgot to give him any token. I will place RM10 in his can when I next spot him again.