The anonymous busker
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Joshua Bell: 16 facts about the great violinist
11. The anonymous busker
In an experiment conducted by 'The Washington Post', Bell performed as an incognito busker at a metro station in Washington D.C. on 12 January 2007. Of the more than 1000 people who passed by, only seven stopped to listen, and only one recognised him. He collected just $32.17 from 27 people (excluding $20 from the woman who recognised him).