If you go down to the Wharf today, you're in for a big surprise...
March 5, 2014 1:18 AM Subscribe
If you have been one of the thousands of tourists drawn in every day to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf
, you may have been walking down past Tarantino's restaurant, taking in the tourist-trap sights, when one of the bushes on the sidewalk -- come to think of it, the only bush on the sidewalk -- suddenly jumps at you while growling. Congratulations; you are the most recent wharf-goer to fall victim to The World Famous Bushman
Wharf visitors have been surprised by one of two men, Gregory Jacobs and David Johnson for the past 36 years. One of the most unique busking concepts
in the wharf area, what appears at quick glance to be a bush is in fact a man crouching by a trash bin holding tree clippings; as visitors pass by, he shakes them and yells, startling the visitor. While this seems like a pretty simple trick, the amusement of seeing someone else fall for the same thing you just did has a certain resonance; Jacobs reported an annual income of $70,000
, although he may not be the most reliable narrator.
Not everyone on the wharf has been supportive of the act; in 2004, in response to business complaints, a number of public nuisance charges were filed against Johnson; the DA eventually dropped the case
While Jacobs started out over 15 years ago as an assistant to Johnson
, the two had a difference of opinion and began working separately, with Jacobs recently being accused of aggressive panhandling and lewd remarks.
Last week, he passed away
at the age of 60 of a heart ailment. David Johnson continues to lurk behind his bush, startling new visitors to Fisherman's Wharf