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Adjust To Your Audience : Toronto Spider-Man

I recently went down to Toronto to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Outside the ROM was a busker/street performer dressed up as Spider-Man. Now normally I’ve experienced different Spider-Men across Toronto at various places of interest. Such as Yonge Dundas Square and the Rogers Centre. I never knew if it was the exact same person. However if you plan to wear the costume and take on the persona of Spider-Man, your demeanour matters.

Whenever someone decides to represent a recognizable brand such as Spider-Man, the everlasting slogan applies:

“With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility.”  – Uncle Ben Parker

I found the interactions of this Spider-Man aka Peter Parkour rather obnoxious at first. Normally buskers do performances in exchange for some sort of money. Some local bystanders and tourists passed by and take a quick photo. Yet this Spider-Man would call out people telling them to delete their photos. Here we have an example of one of the key features of Spider-Man’s performance not working out. If we examine Spider-Man’s busking MVP features, it would be the following:

Spider-Man’s Busking Minimal Viable Product

Must Have: Friendly interaction and posing for quick photographs (selfies). Optional donation.

Like to Have: Friendly interaction. Monetary exchange for group photos and videos.

Future Updates: More physical interaction with audience. More tricks and stunts for higher monetary exchange.


I was shocked when a friend had told me their ordeal with Toronto Spider-Man from previous years. They had shared me a review page from Toronto Spider-Man’s Facebook page. This is the first time I have see a busker with a Facebook review page. The takeaway from these metrics show a negative experience from the audience. When you’re moniker is “your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man”, it’s important to support that persona.

-JD