The Blue Man Group Speaks (the Pseudo Genre of Percussive Entertainment)

I’ll never forget the London Blue Man Group show my grade 12 class went to on our England trip in 2007. The moment when the blue trio crawled through the audience for the finale is embedded in my memory. Colourful streamers and large, inflated spheres rolled over each row in abundance.

As we were in awe, one Blue Man singled me out and plucked my favourite hat off of my head. He looked at me and I just knew what the look in his eyes meant: he ‘signed’ my hat with a blue thumbprint. I was livid. I couldn’t believe he’d mark my hat with paint.

After the show, I realized how ridiculous my reaction was and found the same Blue Man outside posing for photos with people. In his English accent, he reassured me the paint would come out in the wash. He could’ve been lying to me, but I believed him. The mark remains on my hat to this day. Maybe it was a good thing I acted out. I mean, I did get a Blue Man to actually speak to me in the end.

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The Blue Man Group’s percussive show grasps the audience with visually stunning schticks and appealing choreography. Here’s a taste of what their show is like…

I’m happy to see the Blue Man Group still going strong today. Go see them if you get the chance. It’s a great show.

I’ll take this opportunity to ridicule my high school, Goldilocks self.

2007 Manny and the English Blue Man who spoke to me.

I’m sporting a classic tourist look: a Hockey Night in Canada shirt and a digital point-and-shoot camera case strapped underneath my rain jacket. You can see the blue thumb print on top of my hat as well.

I wonder what this man is doing today. I wonder if he’s still a Blue Man and still performs. I wonder if he still gives the same soul-piercing stare in every photo he poses in.

Cheers to the Blue Man Groups all over the world and cheers to humiliating decade-old pics.

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