The extremes of what Busker Fest has to offer


Sword swallower Thom Sellectomy demonstrates his trade at the 2011 Lawrence Busker Festival. Thom Sellectomy is scheduled to perform again at this year’s festival.

There’s going to be plenty of wild stuff to see at this year’s Lawrence Busker Festival.

Event organizer Richard Renner helped the Journal-World with a teaser of headline acts, by superlative.

Highest: Pogo Dudes

These stunt-crazy acrobats, at Busker Fest for the first time, use next-generation pogo sticks to propel themselves more than 8 feet in the air. “What they do from there is anyone’s guess,” Renner says.

Scariest: Thom Sellectomy

Thom Sellectomy is a really nice guy, but he swallows swords. Renner says he’s seen Thom have bystanders stick a magnet to his chest to prove the sword’s really in there.

Smallest: Jonathan Burns

He may be a normal-sized man, but contortionist Jonathan Burns shrinks. “He can fit inside an overnight bag,” Renner says.

Sexiest: Foxy by Proxy

Lawrence burlesque troupe Foxy by Proxy combines song, dance, comedy and scanty costumes — but not too scanty. “This is going to be PG,” Renner says. “They’re out on the streets, you know.

Loudest: Shibaten Spirits

Japanese performer Shibaten Spirits plays the core-rumbling didgeridoo — and a bunch of other instruments at the same time.

Quietest: Mechanical Man

He may mime and do the robot, but the statuesque Mechanical Man probably won’t have much to say.

Hottest: Tricks of the Light

These people dance with fire. That’s hot.


traveler12 5 years, 10 months ago

Sigh. Blight on this town. I'm sad for Lawrence. Sigh.

jcphawk 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm not sure why you think it is a blight on the town. This is a fun and entertaining event for everyone. My family enjoys going downtown to participate every year.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

Don't worry, traveler12, I'm sure that it won't disturb you as you stay home and watch reruns of Lawrence Welk.

appleaday 5 years, 10 months ago

The acts are very similar to what you see at Ren Fests all over the country. You either like it or you don't, but it's not a blight on Lawrence any more than any other performing art.

Matt Schwartz 5 years, 10 months ago

just move along then and find some happiness somewhere else.

Lori Nation 5 years, 10 months ago

Dates and times would be a good thing to post.

Richard Renner 5 years, 10 months ago

Check out the web site to find a full schedule of acts and times.

Peaty Romano 5 years, 9 months ago

My daughter and I had a great time on Friday, here are some pics I took if you care to look:

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