Friday, August 17, 2018

Night Show

On the Friday evening of Buskerfest, there was a group show with several of the buskers doing a few elements of their routine together. I photographed the first two elements of the show. It was hosted by Dan Craig, one half of the pair Street Circus, who I'll be showing in a coming post. His wife Kim opened up the show with fellow acrobat Reuben DotDotDot. Before things got started, she was warming up on the handstands.

Then the show got started, with Reuben sharing the stage. I filmed a video of the two of them, which you can see right here. You might want to turn down the volume though.

The second part of the group show was Jaardu, a street magician billed as hailing from India who mixes together Eastern and Western influences into his act. While his actual name, listed in the Buskerfest brochure, is quite English, he does have the look of someone of a mixed background. Jaardu started off by having a child from the audience help him in assembling his turban.

For the group show, Jaardu took one part of his full act. He chose a lady from the audience for a trick involving a deck of cards... and a cobra in the basket. 

She selects one card from the deck, and he takes her around the circle of the audience so that everyone can see. The card is put back into the deck.

Then she was told to give the full deck to the snake. Yes, it popped out. And no, it was not a real cobra.

Jaardu instructed the snake to shuffle the cards and select the chosen card. Cards were tossed out at random, the snake chose the wrong card, got admonished: "you stupid snake!" And the snake came up out of the basket with the right card. It's a lot of fun to watch, and Jaardu brings a gifted sense of comedy to his act.


  1. It looks as if you are able to enjoy street entertainment all day and all night in Ottawa.

  2. Wow, there is a lot going on in the streets.

  3. Great street entertainment which we don't have here!

  4. Taking advantage of summer weather! Good crowds.

  5. These shows are magical at night.


  6. ...let the fun continue into the night!

  7. Hello, looks like a fun show. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  8. you know i really would love to try that .. looks great for the arm muscles. so cool!!
    happy weekend. ( :

  9. @Lady Fi: it was!

    @Rosemary: at least on that weekend.

    @Marianne: it is quite a big festival.

    @Nancy: this event is a blast to watch.

    @Kate: yes, the crowds loved it.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Janis: they are.

    @Tom: definitely!

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Beth: it would take a lot of practice!

    @Marie: oh, it's not real, but it does move. I don't know if it's remote control, because there's not enough room for a person to be serving as a puppeteer.

  10. So much fun to watch but I bet it's blooming hard work for the acrobatic buskers to keep fit. Loved the fiery images from yesterday's post William 🔥

  11. It looks like everybody was having a great time. :-)

  12. Great fun in great photos. The snake, that must have been really hilarious.

  13. Audience participation is always a good attention grabber.

  14. My niece is a magician and she did a similar card trick only she used a rabbit. It's fun to watch.

  15. @Grace: it would be a lot of work!

    @DJan: people enjoyed it.

    @Maywyn: it was funny!

    @Red: it certainly is, and these do tend to involve audience participation.

    @Sharon: I just wonder how it's done.

  16. That does look like fun, William!

  17. When one lives way out in the country the fun city stuff is missed---but we have you to enlighten us.

  18. Lots of entertainment makes for a lot of fun.

  19. What a wonderful event, William!

  20. @Whisk: it was!

    @RedPat: I enjoyed it.

    @MB: this is quite a festival to take in each year, and such a blast to watch.

    @Bill: that's true.

    @Marleen: I enjoyed myself.

  21. Another great light show and event ~ creative!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  22. Brilliant! What a fun way to make a living. At least I hope they all love what they do, bring all that enjoyment to others.

  23. Also mit eine Schlange kann man Karten spielen sehr schön.


  24. Good weather for evening shows.

  25. Real showmanship! Night and light make it special

  26. Certainly lots to see.
    I enjoyed your photographs.

    All the best Jan

  27. @Pat: it was fun.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Gill: it was.

    @Denise: they must do okay in terms of getting around the world.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @Klara: true.

    @Cloudia: it does.

    @Jan: thank you!