Friday, September 22, 2023

The Pole

Having had sufficiently shaken off the dizziness of spinning around in that hoop, Pancho Libre started to set the stage for his finale.

It involved bringing in some men from around the audience to hold the lines linked up to his pole. Which he was going to climb.

Some acrobatics were at hand.

The only thing holding him up there is one foot kind of wedging into the pole and locking him in place. You try that.

One more volunteer- a woman out of the audience. In typical busker fashion, he was flirting with her and asking if her boyfriend was in the audience. In fact, her husband was- he's the fellow in the black shirt holding one of the lines. Pancho got a big laugh out of the audience as he realized he'd better behave.

She was to hand up to him when asked this final extension for the pole.

Thursday, September 21, 2023


It was time to switch out my header for something more seasonal. This one was taken last October at the Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park, on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. The river itself can be seen in the background. 

Dizzy must have been the word on many a mind watching Pancho Libre spin around like this.

He came to rest as the spinning stopped, and staggered to his feet with comedic effect, telling the audience that after that, there's no need for tequila.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023


Acrobatic ability is the name of the game for buskers. I could not do this. Pancho makes it look easy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023


A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme for October is Transportation. And on this date in 2013, Ottawa Daily Photo saw its first post. Time flies.

By this point in the act the crowd around Pancho Libre was as big as you'd get, and he was putting on quite a show.