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Have you seen this boy?

Manchester’s had its fair share of characters over the years – the market street mincer, the crutch wielding samurai, and THAT busker outside Boots. Now there’s a new, pint sized addition…

Published on January 2nd 2007.


Have you seen this boy?

A few months ago, I was waiting in the queue for a cash machine at Piccadilly gardens when a small child with a big speaker laid down a mat and started breakdancing to blaring hip hop music.

My immediate thought was that the street wardens would be along soon to chase this annoying ASBO away, but as I waited in line and scoured the horizon for red jumpers I realised that this kid was actually pretty good. So I threw 20p into his upturned baseball cap and sauntered along on my merry way with ‘In da club’ bouncing around in my head.

Weeks later I came across a huge crowd gathered in Market Street. I fought my way to the front expecting to catch a glimpse of Liam Gallagher, or at least Norris from Coronation Street, only to find the same small child, writhing around to the sounds of Justin Timberlake and delighting onlookers who were all standing around taking pictures and video of the kid on their mobile phones.

Then just before Christmas, while desperately trying to get some last minute shopping done, the breakdancing kid made another appearance. Obviously the busking’s paying off, as he had some diamond bling in his earlobe that would put Puff Daddy to shame, and he’d managed to attract a crowd of more than 100 Christmas shoppers. I stood transfixed for ten minutes or more while this tiny person wiggly wormed and backspinned his way through some “pumpin’ beats”.

We think that this kid is great – a fantastic little mover and a brilliant role model to his peers. (That is, ahem, as long as he has his busking license in order – Ed).

Has anyone else seen him? Do you know who he is? Let us know your thoughts and comments by filling in the form below.

Jayne Robinson

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He's there most weekends, me and my mates reckon his brothers/mates are going round pick-pocketing the crowd whilst they stand watching him! Such cynical attitudes!! He is rather good though bless him!

Charlotte Hunt

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He's an annoying little gimp who causes an obstruction in a street which always busy anyway - move along now, there's nothing to see!

Anonymous (contact details provided)

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Yeah, the little ASBO git robbed the Lino from my Kitchen! Thanks for the heads-up on his whereabouts...

Andrew Marshall

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yes, i've seen him just the once when i was racing round doing xmas shopping. was in a totally bah humbug mood, didn't want to stop for anything, and ended up watching him until he stopped. bloody brilliant.

Corinne Gerrard

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Oh my god, he's hillarious. He takes it so seriously and there's always a Mum type figure watching him. Bless. Chavs.

Anonymous (contact details provided)

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I love that kid!! I agree with you re being a role model. He's earning his money which is such a credit to him. I saw him just before Xmas with a woman who I assumed to be his mum acting as his roadie. He walked like he was six foot tall and she walked alongside him with such pride. I really hope you find out who he is - I miss him when I walk along Market Street now!!

Anonymous (contact details provided)

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I thought he was crap!!!! Didn't quite get the whole thing which made me think that there was an ulterior motif to it all - call me cynical but why is this kid doing it ?

Gaynor May

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I agree with Gaynor, i didnt think much of him at all. It's ridiculous how a kid can do anything and old people will give generously because they are a 'child' . These children performers make a fortune. Did you ever see the 4 piece brother and sister band about 3 or 4 years ago, who had an average age of about 8. Drums, guitar, bass and vocals. They would go to a new city each day, i saw them in london, liverpool, manchester and leeds within 3 weeks. People loved it because they thought these intrepid kids are making money and showing initiative, whereas really, their parent 'managers' are the ones reaping the rewards and using their children to make money, and by money, these guys used to make hundreds a day, with people throwing in fivers with the same regularity as pennies, well that was the case with the kids i just mentioned, they are no longer around, chances are someone got in a lot of trouble, i cant say anything for sure about this new kid on the block, but chances are its the same, how does he power his hifi? Do they teach 10 year olds how to hook up a car battery and invertor to power their busking machines these days, and as someone has just mentioned he has a supervisor, his mother or whoever it is, wouldnt stand by him all day for nothing, its nothing more than a cheap con trick, if he would just doing it for the love of dancing, then thats a pretty decent spot outside boots to just be indulging in your hobby, and theres a reason why he will be no where to seen in a couple of weeks when someone catches on.

Anonymous (contact details provided)

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I am appalled that any adult would condone a young boy out on his own in the city centre and practically begging for a living. If he is so brilliant at dancing there are far safer methods of displaying his skills and getting paid for it and remaining safe too. He obviously would not be granted a busker's licence so it can't be legal. Where are his parents and where do they think he is!!!!! If they are in the crowd watching, then they should still be ashamed!!!

Mary Clare

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I can't believe how many negative comments this kid has got!? I was Christmas shopping last minute and he brightened up my day. I saw some guys doing the same in New York and they were the real con men spending at least half an hour shouting at people to get a crowd round. Then when they eventually started the moves were rubbish and they were constantly going round intimidating the crowd with hats for cash. This little kid in Manchester has got some bottle to do that in the middle of town on his own (even if his Mum is watching?), and yeah i bet he gets loads of cash but good on him. Anyone who thinks different must be jealous they can't bust those kind of moves and get so much attention. At least he is not robbing your car while you are out shopping. And for those who you really don't like it keep walking! ... you don't have to give him any money if you don't want too. So Happy New Year to all and less of the humbug.

Anonymous (contact details provided)

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I imagine he uses batteries to power his hi fi...

Anonymous (contact details provided)

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Saw this kid on tuesday in St Anns Square, dancing away to Sean Paul- he was quite good (for his age) but found it so amusing- he clearly takes it very seriously- good bit of lunch time humour!!

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i have seen this boy a few times and every time i do see him i am amazed by his moves, he is so cute. i havent got a clue who he is, he just turned up one day showing off his little moves. The first time i seen him i was in a rush to the bus and as i was walking along i couldnt take my eyes off him, i ended up bumping into a few people on my way to the bus, was all worth while thou! :o) keep dancein boy!

Anonymous (contact details provided)

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Can't say I was impressed with him at all. A couple of us got to speak to the kid the second time we saw him on Market Street and we asked him why he was doing it. He told us he was doing it for his hero 'Micky T' whoever that is!!??

Anonymous (contact details provided)

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To be honest, it really narks me that his actions consistently block Market Street, and also indicate to others that anyone can do anything on Market Street. There's also the Carpenters Crooner with his electric guitar that blasts you out as well. Doesnt our Council have some sort of regulation for this street entertainment? I dont mind it if it was in a much more convenient place for all. So there!

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