Let me add to what Ron Pearson said as I too have just spent some time with Gazzo and love watching him work. The main thing is that when he works, the area he is working is HIS stage and no different than when a good stage performing magician walks on, he has total control of the stage and he maintains it. Now I had several lay friends with me who loved watching him work. While he was on the riske side, he had children there and had them as amazed as the others and kept their attention too, and for those that have or do not work with children, that IS the hardest thing to do for performers.
Gazzo had a horible busker before him who was driving people away with his horid singing and even worse guitar playing and when asked how long he would be playing, the guitar player replied "I have an hour if I feel like it" to which he was told "Well it will be hard to only play with two strings" to which he left within 10 minutes. So, with an empty walk (the other busker really, seriously drove them away), Gazzo gathered a huge crowd all the while setting up his table, props AND loads, in front, making jokes and gathering the audience. He already had total control.
During his performance, he had a heckler and he was so rude and so mean to him that he left. A magician later asked him "You were so mean to him, I mean just rude, why did you alientate a member of your audience" to which Gazzo replied "Because I didn't want him there!". Think about this for a minute. Gazzo did not want the guy there and as such got rid of him, not only ridding a heckler from the audience BUT keeping total control of his situation. After the guy left, Gazzo made a few cracks and everyone LOVED him once again.
Street performers - you gotta love them or hate them, your choice. Also, it is your choice to pay for the priveledge of watching him or not, and beleive me, all did. Some people like Vanilla ice ream, some prefer Strawberry and/or chocolate. Our right is to eat them or not, the same as Gazzo, but like him or not, if you are interested in working "Stret", he is one to study, a lot!
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