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Huggybear
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Post Number: 324
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Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 10:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok - if you've been to art openings in the past ten years, you've probably seen him - so what's his story?

Relatively tall, very thin guy white guy. Short grey hair. Always wears a button-down dress shirt and a belly pack [c.f. fanny pack, codpiece]. If I recall, the schtick is doing origami on dollar bills. Just saw him last night at Russell Industrial wearing a pin that was a origami butterfly of... surprise... a dollar bill. Maybe that's his stage name; I don't remember. I thought I heard that once at Bankles a long time ago.

Performance artist? Advertising for a tax service? Pocket capitalist? General purpose eccentric?
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 11:02 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

lol, for a second, I thought you were talking about George W. Bush. :-)
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Jcole
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Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 11:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bush doesn't fold 'em, he makes them disappear. Different schtick
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Ragtoplover59
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Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 11:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Bush doesn't fold 'em, he makes them disappear"

That's the second trick, The first trick is pulling them out of thin air?
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Dannyv
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Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 12:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've heard him called Dollar Bill.
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Rjlj
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Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 12:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Why didn't you go up to him and say hello?
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Norwalk
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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 9:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think its Bill Dollar actually
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Spacemonkey
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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I haven't seen that guy, but he reminds me of this over-weight sweaty guy who used to troll the same circles in a suit doing performance art that consisted of stapling dollar bills to his forehead or doing other simple magic tricks.
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Birdie
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 10:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

his name is bill dollar.
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Lafayette
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 3:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

you're right birdie. and he appeared on one of Bob The Singing Bass Player's CDs. Quite a humorous segment, it was. And a great CD.
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Downriviera
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 5:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is the old guy that makes quarters stick to his forehead still working at Lafayette Coney island?
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Terryh
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 6:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bob used to frequent Goldengate Cafe on Wednesday. Gave me a copy of the CD with the Bill Dollar performer. Bob is very environmentally concious. Nice guy.
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Jimaz
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 7:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This sounds similar to another curious currency-related performance artist, J. S. G. Boggs.
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Any person who gets a Boggs note can usually sell it for much more than its face value: a $10 Boggs note may be worth more than $1000.

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Dannyv
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 8:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How does origami work on a CD?
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Lafayette
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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 10:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You hear the dollar bills being folded and Bill narrates what he's doing. He & Bob The Singing Bass Player also do a brief interview about what he does and why. It's funny.

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