Human Statues

The term human statue refers to a street artist who poses like a statue or mannequin, usually with realistic statue-like makeup, sometimes for hours at a time. Human statue performers can fool passersby and a number of hidden camera shows on television have used human statues to startle people. As with all performing arts, human statue performers may perform as buskers.

Performing as a living statue is a prevalent form of busking, especially in places with a high level of tourism. A living statue performer will strategically choose a spot, preferably one with a high level of foot traffic, and out of the way. The performer creates the illusion of complete stillness while standing. Sometimes, passers-by do not realize the performer is a real person, which often causes surprise when the ‘statue’ gives them a small gesture (such as a wink or nod).

A busker’s objective is to create moments of interaction that result in a tip. The amount of money a performer makes day to day depends on his or her ability to effectively interact with the crowd.

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