Some people obviously find Human Statues funny. They are called street buskers
Busking is the practice of performing in public places for tips and gratuities.
The place where a busker performs is called their pitch.
A good pitch can be the key to success as a busker. An act that might make money at one place and time may not work at all in another setting. Popular pitches tend to be public places with large volumes of pedestrian traffic, high visibility, low background noise and as few elements of interference as possible
There are three basic forms of busking.
Circle shows are shows that tend to gather a crowd around them. They usually have a distinct beginning and end
Walk-by acts are typically with the busker providing a musical or entertaining ambiance. There is no distinct beginning or end and the crowds do not particularly stop to watch
Café busking is done mostly in restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes. Musicians can frequently be found using this venue with the performers doing a show in return for tips and gratuities offered.
Most buskers will use their instrument cases or a special can or box to collect the tips. A bottler is a British term that describes the person with the job of collecting the money. A bottler may also be called the “hat man” or “pitch man”.
Mariachis are Mexican street bands that play a specific style of music by the same name. Mariachis frequently wear ornate costumes with intricate embroidery and beaded designs, large brimmed sombreros and the short charro jackets. Mariachi groups busk when they perform while traveling through streets and plazas, as well as in restaurants and bars.
At least they don’t move nor try to engage you in anything.
A mime on the other hand won’t sit still.
They are intent on you seeing the wall that isn’t there or the rope that isn’t there.
In fact they spend a lot of time with stuff that isn’t there.
The American inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin was a busker of sorts. He composed songs, poetry and prose about the political situation and went out in public and performed them. He would then sell printed copies of them to the public. He was dissuaded from busking by his father who convinced him the stigmas that some people attach to busking were not worth it. It was this experience that helped form his beliefs in free speech, which he wrote about in his journals.
Here a local Expat is trying to scare locals with a carving Oaxaca.
A mime artist (from Greek “μίμος” – mimos, “imitator, actor”) is someone who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving miming, or the acting out a story through body motions, without use of speech. In earlier times, in English, such a performer was referred to as a mummer. Miming is to be distinguished from silent comedy, in which the artist is a seamless character in a film or sketch.
I hate mimes club