Where is Bucket Man?

By Amy Anderson, Hollie Smith and Claire White

Local icon, ‘Bucket Man’ has vanished from his Princes Street hotspot! The unique performer, who never fails to pull a crowd, was last spotted almost two months ago by a local policeman outside his usual residence, Jenners: “I’ve not seen him in about six weeks. There is a good chance he has moved on since the end of the [Edinburgh] Festival.”

‘Bucket Man’, also known as Andy, is one of Edinburgh’s most recognisable street performers. Desperate to get to know the man inside the bucket, we set out on a mission to track him down.

Devastatingly, he was nowhere to be seen and all that remained outside Jenners was a circular-shaped serration on the pavement where he once balanced.

Grief-stricken admirer, Daniel Blackburn, Milwaukee, WI USA, inconsolably commented:
“It is a tragedy he has disappeared! He was the best dressed homeless person I’ve ever seen.”

What has happened to the city’s most notable entertainer?

In the handwritten note to his admirers, which he proudly displayed beside his bucket, Andy stated that although he is homeless, standing upside down in his bucket is what he does ‘for a living’ and that it is ‘up to you if you want to give’; fear has it that the detrimental credit crunch has caused our favourite local celebrity’s trade to cease!

Sign which says bucket man is homeless but he hopes he has given you a laugh.
Sign which says bucket man is homeless but he hopes he has given you a laugh.

Other worries are that the upside-down phenomenon has been tempted to join the Gouranga cult! Perhaps, had an upside-down related accident or, worse still, one of his competitors has stolen his bucket in a desperate attempt to ruin his flourishing career as Edinburgh’s most popular street oddity.

Bucket man stayed upside down for hours at a time
Bucket man stayed upside down for hours at a time

Bring back ‘Bucket Man’! It’s just his job five days a week, a bucket man, a bucket man.

Another notable entertainer who appears to be absent from the city’s streets is ‘Silver Man’.

When passing his usual spot, only a spray painted outline of his iconic feet remained, suggesting that although he has left, his territory is marked and will be returning for the lucrative Christmas period.

Will ‘Bucket Man’ be back for the busy winter period with an adequately festive bucket to match the merry mood?  Only time will tell…

Where is bucket man?