Friday, December 12, 2014


While living statue buskers get a steady amount of business and tips during their performances, often lasting an hour, their audience tends to be more transitory, watching for a few minutes and moving on. That's not the case here, where the act has the audience more stationary. Here on Sparks Street, these two are balanced (for the moment), high on these customized unicycles.

You try that.


  1. Yikes! I can watch but I wouldn't try it. :) Great photo, William.

  2. I could not do it even on a short one.

  3. It is very difficult to make a living doing balances. Easier in a normal job.


  4. It's not only because of my fear of heights that I wouldn't try this ... If I would try it now, I would blown away in the storm, I think ...

  5. I wonder how many bumps and bruises it takes before you master that?

  6. folks that do this are amazing!! their balance is too too coo!! i love to see them get started. too me that would be the tough part. that and getting off the bike. staying up would be pretty easy - i think???! ( :

  7. I always admire those balancing artists, just one wheel can you imagine.

  8. I would really like to be able to do that!

  9. My nephew used to be able to do that, and juggle at the same time!
    Jane x

  10. I know for sure I could NEVER do that!

  11. Mounting and dismounting must be very tricky!

  12. I don't know how they do that. I like my feet firmly on the ground. Their sense of balance must be amazing. Perpetual motion!

  13. I have always regretted not learning to ride a unicycle (a much lower one) and now that I'm older, I don't think I want to give it a try. Fun to watch, though.

  14. These guys have drawn a really big crowd.

  15. Kudos to people with those skills, too. I'd have to be even more unbalanced than I am to try that!

  16. good talent to capture the attention!

  17. @Linda: I wouldn't be that balanced!

    @Bill: it took me long enough to learn how to ride on two wheels!

    @Tomas: it might be easier to work in a normal job, but perhaps more fun this way.

    @Jan: this would take a lot of practice!

    @Revrunner: lots of bruises!

    @Beth: getting up there might be a challenge!

    @Marianne: they're good at what they do.

    @VP: it really is a talent.

    @Jane and Chris: I can juggle a couple of things, but that's it!

    @EG: neither would I!

    @Ilan: it would be a challenge.

    @Denise: they definitely have to be coordinated.

    @Pat: they have.

    @Lowell: they're gifted at it.

    @Tex: definitely!

  18. The unicycles certainly catch my attention. Very few people can every ride a unicycle let alone ride a tall one.

  19. I definitely admire their skill! How do they get up there?

  20. I wouldn't even know how to get on one, much less ride it.

  21. Oh my! Those unicycles are almost as tall as the performers! The balance is amazing, and I wonder how they get on it. Maybe from a tall platform?

  22. Oh I don't think so William :) I'll join the audience there and gasp in awe!
    p.s. have you had experience of spammer 'Chris from France' did you just ignore him? I have.

  23. Always wished I had given this a try in my youth.

  24. They are very talented, I could never do this!

  25. You and I could do this, William, if we tried . . . . . .

  26. I would break my neck for sure. I though you might have snow pics up today! ;-)

  27. Just like people on stilts, they scare me! What a crowd!

  28. @Red: I've never tried it. I didn't really learn to ride a bike until eleven or twelve.

    @Halcyon: that's what I keep wondering!

    @Judy: these guys must be trained to fall in such a way that they go limp, minimizing the amount of damage they might do to themselves.

    @Tamago: the taller of the two's taller than both of them!

    @Grace: I just read that message and I thought, "yeah sure, Mr. I swear this isn't spam, you're a spammer." I haven't seen him before.

    @Birdman: I wonder what their parents must think of the way they make a living.

    @Linda: I wouldn't have the coordination to do it!

    @Marleen: me neither.

    @Anna: yes, the busker festival really brings out crowds. Fortunately on the side of the street where I took the shot from, you have a bit of a raised path, so I wasn't blocked from getting a shot in.

    @Jack: well I wouldn't have a problem with the height!

    @RedPat: curious that I'm showing summer shots in winter!

    @Jennifer: me too.

    @Norma: that appears to be the consensus.

    @Cheryl: definitely!

    @Luis: oh yes!

    @Ciel: and an entertained crowd!

  29. I think I'll pass. That's a long way down!

  30. Heavens no, I'm not even supposed to climb a ladder.

  31. one of the first guys I ever went out with was able to ride a unicycle
    his wasnt that high off the ground though!!

  32. Phew! Those are tiny wheels that are very distant from the seats. I'm impressed!

  33. They're amazing, really. Unicyclist have always fascinated me. My partner's previous home was in Bowmanville, and there is one guy that we see from time to time who gets around on unicycle.. though probably just for fun. It's always an unexpected but pleasing sight to happen upon him in the park paths or town streets.

  34. Nope! Never ever for me! I pulled a tendon riding a normal bike!

  35. Now these guys make me nervous wreck!

  36. @Meradeth: it is.

    @Janis: indeed!

    @Mari: my sense of balance isn't that good!

    @Randy: it's fun to watch.

    @Orvokki: they are!

    @Jen: this is quite high!

    @Kay: so was I!

    @Hilary: I see the odd unicycle here.

    @Jennifer: I couldn't try it!

    @Shelly: that's the point!

    @Whisk: it is!