Posted at 11:33 AM on April 11, 2007
by Rex Levang
As Don Lee points out below, Joshua Bell's flirtation with busking is the classical story du jour, or de la semaine, and the consensus is that the experiment was a failure, including a financial failure:
In the three-quarters of an hour that Joshua Bell played, seven people stopped what they were doing to hang around and take in the performance, at least for a minute. Twenty-seven gave money, most of them on the run -- for a total of $32 and change. That leaves the 1,070 people who hurried by, oblivious, many only three feet away, few even turning to look.
Or are my assumptions way off? Any readers with busking experience care to weigh in?