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Stories From The Pitch

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Stories From The Pitch
Stories From The Pitch

Stories From The Pitch

Busker Hall of Fame

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GREAT STORIES FROM THE WORLD OF STREET THEATRE

Latest Episodes

Busker HoF 103 - Julio "Klown" Santiago

EAl Millar sat down with Julio "Klown" Santiago of the USA Breakdancers to talk about growing up in the Bronx during the birth of Hip Hop, his journey from breakdance battles to street performing, creating the USA Breakdancers, working with Ciruqe, and much, much, more.

63 MINSEP 15
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Busker HoF 103 - Julio "Klown" Santiago

Busker HoF 102 – Geoff Cobb

EEric Amber journeyed from Canada all the way down to southern Arizona to have a chat with Geoff Cobb (aka Thom Selectomy) about surviving cancer, working Renaissance festivals, going to clown college, cheating death as a sword swallower, his life as a street performer, and now being mostly retired, happily working on a ranch in Arizona.

70 MINAUG 15
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Busker HoF 102 – Geoff Cobb

Busker HoF 101 - Dom Ferry Interview

EAl Millar connected with Street Performing legend and one of his biggest influences, Dom Ferry, to talk about the history of street performing in Australia as well as Dom's journey through our crazy world.

107 MINJUL 15
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Busker HoF 101 - Dom Ferry Interview

Busker HoF 100 – CBG & SFTP

EIt all started with an idea that David Aiken pitched to Robert Nelson during a visit Dave made to Robert’s place to Hawaii back in October of 2011 for a podcast dedicated to creating a living oral history about street performing and some of the crazy characters that populate this world. That idea turned into a website that website then hosted the very first Stories from the Pitch Podcast that was released on November 1, 2011.But how do you capture what the Street Performing community is in an audio podcast? The characters are so varied, so diverse and so many. The answer seems to have been one story, one person, one episode at a time. We, as a community, are such a rich tapestry of creative energy and talent that no one episode can capture it all and 100 episodes feels like just the beginning.Magic Brian sat down with co-founder of the Busker Hall of Fame, David Aiken to discuss the history of the project and try to make sense of the seven and a half year journey from the original ...

67 MINMAY 15
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Busker HoF 100 – CBG & SFTP

Busker HoF - Rob Torres Re-Release

EOn June 26, 2018 Rob Torres, The International Man of Mirth took his final bow on the stage of life. Rob Torres was the sort of creative soul who always sought out the most interesting narrative whenever he was performing, be it in Circus, on Stage or playing the Street. Inevitably that narrative would create tension then a release which came in the form of laughter. The result always seemed to be happy smiling faces in the wake of his performances.This pursuit of laughter, of Funeestuff that everyone in his audience could relate to guided the course of his career, from Ringling Clown College to Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus to the International Festival Circuit to any venue that was enhanced through his innate ability to create laugh inspired joy for an audience.The Busker Hall of Fame was lucky enough to release two episodes of the Stories from the Pitch podcast which featured Rob. The first, a conversation with original founder of the B-HOF project, Robert Nelson, The Butterfly ...

-1 sAPR 15
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Busker HoF - Rob Torres Re-Release

Busker HoF 99 - Two Clowns and a Truck

EWhat is it about boys and trucks? And in this case, what is it about this specific 1961 Morris Minor Pick-Up Truck that captivated the imagination of two very different performers? Did the truck really have a personality of it’s own or was this vehicle simply a reflection of the person who owned it when they owned it, how they treated it when they drove it, and what it brought to their lives?For Robert it seemed to be an outlet to exercise his OCD in spite of a general ignorance of all things mechanical. His pig-headed tenacity (and a ridiculous amount of money) willed the truck back to life, but seemingly on the truck’s terms. For Martin the truck was just that, a truck - a cute truck sure, but still, just a truck and the perfect performance partner for his shenanigans on the Big Island of Hawaii.David Aiken originally recorded Robert Nelson talking about his ‘Tonkah’ Truck back in May of 2012 and then picked up the conversation with Martin Ewen in January of 2019 to discover h...

-1 sMAR 16
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Busker HoF 99 - Two Clowns and a Truck

Busker HoF 98 - Kim Potter Interview

EIf you’re driving and trying to get to a specific destination, then having a map will help you get to your goal. If what you simply like is driving, then the destination is somehow less important. When put in terms of a career in Street Theatre, if you’re goal is to make a million dollars, then your show will be structured in a certain way, if your goal is the adventure, then you’ll derive endless enjoyment from the pursuit of the craft. Kim Potter is a great example of a guy who likes to pursue a multitude of aspects of what life as a street performer has to offer. Juggling skills - Check! Character development - Check! Live Music - Check! Sure there may be a formula for how to make the most money in the hat, but if following that formula negates some of the other interests you have, it’s easy to choose the path that’s of most interest - the hell with the money. Magic Brian connected with Kim Potter before the start of the 15th Annual Grande Prairie Street Performers Festival ...

-1 sFEB 16
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Busker HoF 98 - Kim Potter Interview

Busker HoF 97 - James Jordan Interview

EWhere there's a pitch, there's a way. Even if the way is riddled with bureaucracy, red tape and prejudice, performers can either learn to adapt to their environment or move on to another spot. But it can often be well worth the hard work and dedication it takes to build a busker program in spite of any obstacles if you’re willing to put in the time. James 'Jimbo' Jordan loves his home town Calgary, Alberta, Canada and did not want to "move on.” Despite the lack of street performing awareness, the challenges faced because the venues that lend themselves to doing street shows aren't exactly user friendly and winters that are so cold you'd be crazy to perform outdoors, he persevered.Using knowledge from his experience working other successful pitches around the world James returned home and developed a show that almost can't fail. Eric Amber connected with James to riff on what it takes to make things work and the challenges James had to overcome in the city more known for oil money ...

69 MINJAN 15
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Busker HoF 97 - James Jordan Interview

Busker HoF 96 - Allison Williams Interview

EThere’s a theory floating around that suggests that it takes about 7 years to get really good at something. Getting good at anything takes drive and determination of course, but it goes back to the idea that it takes roughly 10,000 hours to become proficient at a skillset or profession that you’re passionate about. Street performers often seem to accelerate this timeline a bit because the people who are drawn to this style of performing are often the type who have greater drive and greater passion for achieving the goals that they’re after, not to mention the fact that buskers aren’t usually the type of people who wait around for opportunity to knock, but are rather the type who proactively create the opportunities that they’re after. Allison Williams is an incredible example of someone whose drive to achieve and succeed has been virtually unstoppable. She’s been successful in the world of education, successful in the performance arenas of circus, renaissance festival and stre...

73 MIN2018 DEC 15
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Busker HoF 96 - Allison Williams Interview

Busker HoF 95 - Hal Dion Interview

EBecoming a Street Performer is as much a calling as it is a choice. It’s as if the Universe has a predetermined plan for those who exhibit the characteristics necessary to pull off this rather untraditional vocation. Those willing to be open to the guidance that the Universe inexplicably provides are the ones who get the most out of this incredible opportunity for a life full of adventure. Sure there can be obstacles in the way, and for Hal Dion ‘weather’ and ‘authority’ were the two occasional barricades that presented themselves. These hurdles end up being inconsequential when compared to the avenues that opened up after he took his love of the eye-candy of body isolations and mime and created a non-verbal show that he took to the streets. Derek McAlister connected with Hal and dialled the clock all the way back to the 70’s to hear about how Hal got his start, the hey-day of playing the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and some of the amazing adventures that Hal enjoy...

81 MIN2018 NOV 15
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Busker HoF 95 - Hal Dion Interview

Latest Episodes

Busker HoF 103 - Julio "Klown" Santiago

EAl Millar sat down with Julio "Klown" Santiago of the USA Breakdancers to talk about growing up in the Bronx during the birth of Hip Hop, his journey from breakdance battles to street performing, creating the USA Breakdancers, working with Ciruqe, and much, much, more.

63 MINSEP 15
Comments
Busker HoF 103 - Julio "Klown" Santiago

Busker HoF 102 – Geoff Cobb

EEric Amber journeyed from Canada all the way down to southern Arizona to have a chat with Geoff Cobb (aka Thom Selectomy) about surviving cancer, working Renaissance festivals, going to clown college, cheating death as a sword swallower, his life as a street performer, and now being mostly retired, happily working on a ranch in Arizona.

70 MINAUG 15
Comments
Busker HoF 102 – Geoff Cobb

Busker HoF 101 - Dom Ferry Interview

EAl Millar connected with Street Performing legend and one of his biggest influences, Dom Ferry, to talk about the history of street performing in Australia as well as Dom's journey through our crazy world.

107 MINJUL 15
Comments
Busker HoF 101 - Dom Ferry Interview

Busker HoF 100 – CBG & SFTP

EIt all started with an idea that David Aiken pitched to Robert Nelson during a visit Dave made to Robert’s place to Hawaii back in October of 2011 for a podcast dedicated to creating a living oral history about street performing and some of the crazy characters that populate this world. That idea turned into a website that website then hosted the very first Stories from the Pitch Podcast that was released on November 1, 2011.But how do you capture what the Street Performing community is in an audio podcast? The characters are so varied, so diverse and so many. The answer seems to have been one story, one person, one episode at a time. We, as a community, are such a rich tapestry of creative energy and talent that no one episode can capture it all and 100 episodes feels like just the beginning.Magic Brian sat down with co-founder of the Busker Hall of Fame, David Aiken to discuss the history of the project and try to make sense of the seven and a half year journey from the original ...

67 MINMAY 15
Comments
Busker HoF 100 – CBG & SFTP

Busker HoF - Rob Torres Re-Release

EOn June 26, 2018 Rob Torres, The International Man of Mirth took his final bow on the stage of life. Rob Torres was the sort of creative soul who always sought out the most interesting narrative whenever he was performing, be it in Circus, on Stage or playing the Street. Inevitably that narrative would create tension then a release which came in the form of laughter. The result always seemed to be happy smiling faces in the wake of his performances.This pursuit of laughter, of Funeestuff that everyone in his audience could relate to guided the course of his career, from Ringling Clown College to Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus to the International Festival Circuit to any venue that was enhanced through his innate ability to create laugh inspired joy for an audience.The Busker Hall of Fame was lucky enough to release two episodes of the Stories from the Pitch podcast which featured Rob. The first, a conversation with original founder of the B-HOF project, Robert Nelson, The Butterfly ...

-1 sAPR 15
Comments
Busker HoF - Rob Torres Re-Release

Busker HoF 99 - Two Clowns and a Truck

EWhat is it about boys and trucks? And in this case, what is it about this specific 1961 Morris Minor Pick-Up Truck that captivated the imagination of two very different performers? Did the truck really have a personality of it’s own or was this vehicle simply a reflection of the person who owned it when they owned it, how they treated it when they drove it, and what it brought to their lives?For Robert it seemed to be an outlet to exercise his OCD in spite of a general ignorance of all things mechanical. His pig-headed tenacity (and a ridiculous amount of money) willed the truck back to life, but seemingly on the truck’s terms. For Martin the truck was just that, a truck - a cute truck sure, but still, just a truck and the perfect performance partner for his shenanigans on the Big Island of Hawaii.David Aiken originally recorded Robert Nelson talking about his ‘Tonkah’ Truck back in May of 2012 and then picked up the conversation with Martin Ewen in January of 2019 to discover h...

-1 sMAR 16
Comments
Busker HoF 99 - Two Clowns and a Truck

Busker HoF 98 - Kim Potter Interview

EIf you’re driving and trying to get to a specific destination, then having a map will help you get to your goal. If what you simply like is driving, then the destination is somehow less important. When put in terms of a career in Street Theatre, if you’re goal is to make a million dollars, then your show will be structured in a certain way, if your goal is the adventure, then you’ll derive endless enjoyment from the pursuit of the craft. Kim Potter is a great example of a guy who likes to pursue a multitude of aspects of what life as a street performer has to offer. Juggling skills - Check! Character development - Check! Live Music - Check! Sure there may be a formula for how to make the most money in the hat, but if following that formula negates some of the other interests you have, it’s easy to choose the path that’s of most interest - the hell with the money. Magic Brian connected with Kim Potter before the start of the 15th Annual Grande Prairie Street Performers Festival ...

-1 sFEB 16
Comments
Busker HoF 98 - Kim Potter Interview

Busker HoF 97 - James Jordan Interview

EWhere there's a pitch, there's a way. Even if the way is riddled with bureaucracy, red tape and prejudice, performers can either learn to adapt to their environment or move on to another spot. But it can often be well worth the hard work and dedication it takes to build a busker program in spite of any obstacles if you’re willing to put in the time. James 'Jimbo' Jordan loves his home town Calgary, Alberta, Canada and did not want to "move on.” Despite the lack of street performing awareness, the challenges faced because the venues that lend themselves to doing street shows aren't exactly user friendly and winters that are so cold you'd be crazy to perform outdoors, he persevered.Using knowledge from his experience working other successful pitches around the world James returned home and developed a show that almost can't fail. Eric Amber connected with James to riff on what it takes to make things work and the challenges James had to overcome in the city more known for oil money ...

69 MINJAN 15
Comments
Busker HoF 97 - James Jordan Interview

Busker HoF 96 - Allison Williams Interview

EThere’s a theory floating around that suggests that it takes about 7 years to get really good at something. Getting good at anything takes drive and determination of course, but it goes back to the idea that it takes roughly 10,000 hours to become proficient at a skillset or profession that you’re passionate about. Street performers often seem to accelerate this timeline a bit because the people who are drawn to this style of performing are often the type who have greater drive and greater passion for achieving the goals that they’re after, not to mention the fact that buskers aren’t usually the type of people who wait around for opportunity to knock, but are rather the type who proactively create the opportunities that they’re after. Allison Williams is an incredible example of someone whose drive to achieve and succeed has been virtually unstoppable. She’s been successful in the world of education, successful in the performance arenas of circus, renaissance festival and stre...

73 MIN2018 DEC 15
Comments
Busker HoF 96 - Allison Williams Interview

Busker HoF 95 - Hal Dion Interview

EBecoming a Street Performer is as much a calling as it is a choice. It’s as if the Universe has a predetermined plan for those who exhibit the characteristics necessary to pull off this rather untraditional vocation. Those willing to be open to the guidance that the Universe inexplicably provides are the ones who get the most out of this incredible opportunity for a life full of adventure. Sure there can be obstacles in the way, and for Hal Dion ‘weather’ and ‘authority’ were the two occasional barricades that presented themselves. These hurdles end up being inconsequential when compared to the avenues that opened up after he took his love of the eye-candy of body isolations and mime and created a non-verbal show that he took to the streets. Derek McAlister connected with Hal and dialled the clock all the way back to the 70’s to hear about how Hal got his start, the hey-day of playing the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and some of the amazing adventures that Hal enjoy...

81 MIN2018 NOV 15
Comments
Busker HoF 95 - Hal Dion Interview