Swallow Your Pride (20051114)

Sword-swallower on the South Gate Promenade, Melbourne. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005 Sword-swallower on the South Gate Promenade, Melbourne. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005 This photo is, in Australian parlance, a busker that I encountered one evening. Sidewalk entertainers would be a dime a dozen in Melbourne, except that there is no single word in Australian English that means "10-cent piece". I felt quite bad for her. Just after she had unpacked her sword and informational bib - I'm sorry, her "Anatomical Informational Apron" - the light mist turned to a light rain and the one or two passers-by that were half-watching her scurried away. She finished her act as a friend from Japan who had relocated back home to Melbourne and I watched, slightly embarrassed and slightly amused that we were the only ones there.

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  1. Michele White on

    This is so nice to see! Thanks for posting it, Seth. A friend posted it on facebook, and I was right in thinking 2005. I was learning the craft of street performance, worked 14hr days, and yes, entertained crowds of 2,4 and a dog if I was lucky, at times, in those early days. I was totally passionate,oftentimes to my own detriment. Thankfully I don’t feel the need to creep out at night on rainy evenings and hone my delivery any longer! I am still a full-time entertainer, still learning, still working hard and having an awesome time. What a blast from the past! 🙂

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