Street shows in Lublin

I was booked to host a gala show at the Lublin juggling festival, but at the last minute the people paying the bills wanted the show hosted in Polish, which I can’t do. So instead of just doing a single act in the gala show, I was asked if I wanted to do a street show too. Why not?

Well, two reasons why not. First, I’ve not done a street show for about 10 months. Second, I’ve not done a solo street show, without Pola, for many years. That left me without the unique Art of Juggling section of the show that made us stand out against generic street show acts. Third, I don’t know any Polish, and have never performed in Poland before.

Anyway, I gave it a go in Lublin, and had a lot of fun. I did two shows, and got good hats for both. I thought the hat money was rubbish, but after talking to other artists, it was apparently very good for street shows in Poland, even for street show festivals.

So here are two videos, made and uploaded by someone else at the festival.

The first is the finale of my show. It’s my take on the classic “do something dangerous, high up, using audience volunteers” routine. There are some old lines in there, but plenty of material I’ve developed myself over the years. The hat line at the end I came up with on the spot, about the exchange rate, and how I found it out from a taxi driver. It’s probably been said many times over the years too, but it was original in my head.

This video is part of the start of my show. I normally perform the diabolo to music, but had none this time out.

Many street entertainers don’t like showing their material to other performers, in case their best lines and jokes are stolen. At the same time, they steal other lines from other people. Personally, I don’t mind if people copy my jokes and line. My show isn’t about jokes, it’s about my stage character and charisma. I could do this same show and not repeat a single joke, and still be entertaining. Once you have that, it doesn’t matter where you perform, if you have music or not, if anyone understands English or not. Forget about lines or stealing, and be engaging.


Where I spent my birthday this year: Mykonos, Greece

“Hey Luke, what did you do on your birthday?”

Thanks for asking! I was on the Greek island of Mykonos. It was my first time visiting, so I took the tender from the cruise ship to the main town.

The newest cruise ship for the moment – HAL Nieuw Amsterdam.
The newest cruise ship for the moment - HAL Nieuw Amsterdam.

I took a look around, but the light was completely wrong for any interesting photos. I spent an hour or so online, trying to work out why nobody had sent me birthday greetings on Facebook (hint: I’d set my birthday to private), and took the tender back to the ship.

I planned to return to the same spots again just before sunset, and take photos that I’d visualized on the earlier trip. They turned out pretty much exactly as I imagined they would. I think this means I’m getting better as a photographer.
I planned to return to the same spots again just before sunset, and take photos that I'd visualized on the earlier trip. They turned out pretty much exactly as I imagined they would. I think this means I'm getting better as a photographer.

The softness of this image was applied by the technique called “breathing onto the lens”. Did it work? I could have probably done it better in Lightroom.
The softness of this image was applied by the technique called





In the early afternoon I spotted the waves crashing on this rock. I didn’t even bother taking a photo then. But I thought I might get a photo with the sunset behind if I came back later…
In the early afternoon I spotted the waves crashing on this rock. I didn't even bother taking a photo then. But I thought I might get a photo with the sunset behind if I came back later...


If I’d seen this boat on the horizon earlier, I might have framed it better. Either way, I think it’s pretty dramatic. The horizon is so close here because I was literally crouching in the sea.
If I'd seen this boat on the horizon earlier, I might have framed it better. Either way, I think it's pretty dramatic. The horizon is so close here because I was literally crouching in the sea.


I’m guessing these people didn’t get the same kind of photos as I did.
I'm guessing these people didn't get the same kind of photos as I did.

Maybe I should have spent the time pointing the camera at the people watching the sunset, rather than the sunset. A shot like this with the light from the sunset would have been much nicer.
Maybe I should have spent the time pointing the camera at the people watching the sunset, rather than the sunset. A shot like this with the light from the sunset would have been much nicer.

The Nieuw Amsterdam docked in Katakolon a few days later.
The Nieuw Amsterdam docked in Katakolon a few days later.


NYC day 4 – shopping on a Sunday

Today I didn’t do much except some shopping in Manhattan.

This part of Broadway was closed for a street market.
This part of Broadway was closed for a street market.

My cycling route.
My cycling route.

I went to the Strand bookshop to get something to read. I forgot just how uninspiring this shop is to someone who wants a good science fiction novel. The last time I visited, back in 2004 or 2005, I bought a book from the $1 bin outside, as nothing inside caught me eye. Today I bought nothing.
I went to the Strand bookshop to get something to read. I forgot just how uninspiring this shop is to someone who wants a good science fiction novel. The last time I visited, back in 2004 or 2005, I bought a book from the $1 bin outside, as nothing inside caught me eye. Today I bought nothing.

I bought a new camera lens case from B&H photo. I’m now completely ready for my walk down Manhattan on Broadway. Or so I hope.
I bought a new camera lens case from B&H photo. I'm now completely ready for my walk down Manhattan on Broadway. Or so I hope.