You have probably seen the 35 second clip of the statue punch viral video of a street performer in Australia that had enough of the blond haired guy touching him and invading his personal space so he punches him straight in the face.
The video at present moment has about 15 million+ views on YouTube.
There is a fine line between what you can do and what you can not do that a performer walks when working in public areas and providing entertainment without any barriers or defined space.
You find yourself taking a risk every time you go for a laugh, a scare, or any other reaction at the public's expense. You take that chance because the rewards of hearing hundreds of human beings joyfully engaged in a reaction of laughter and amusement at the performance you are giving far outweigh the risk of having to deal with the occasional heckler and or drunkard.
But when those risks present themselves in situations like we see in the Statue Punch Video. It is still your job as a professional entertainer to breakdown and deflect as much of the danger as possible for the safety of not only you but the unsuspecting public just feet from where you stand.
They have stopped to give you their attention and a few minutes of their busy lives (and hopefully a few dollars too) but they did not agree to become victims of any sort of violence that could happen as a result of a poorly handled situation.
Yes you can argue that curiosity killed the cat and if they were concerned about safety then they should have just kept walking but then you would only be saying that to play devils advocate and you would be wrong because no matter what, innocent families and children do not deserve to bear witness to violence if it can simply be avoided by taking the high road.
Concerns From A Boss.
As a producer of live entertainment for events and festivals worldwide it worries me to think of the public's reaction to the statues we have booked now and statues we will book in the future. I have a vested interest in making sure my performers remain safe and I also go to great measures to assure my clients that issues like the one in the Statue Punch Viral Video will not be a problem at their event.
If you are interested in booking Bryan Dangerous to perform as a Living Statue at your next event, call 843-424-6146 or email him at Bryan@BryanDangerous.com to get the ball rolling.