Everywhere you look at the fair, there are unusual sights and sounds. But one act is so still and quiet, audience members are sometimes left wondering if it is real or not. Our Candace Hopkins has a behind the scenes look at the Living Statue performers.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- "The older folks, they like it a lot more. They're like, oh, you're beautiful, the teenagers are like, oh my god."
At first glance, they look like statues, but in the blink of an eye, these two performers are instantly animated. During slow times, they are so still, observers can be easily fooled.
"It was amazing. I thought they were real statues at first, so to see them coming alive and being comical and playing with the crowd, it was great," Buffalo resident Tailia Blair said.
Joey Nieves and Maria Kent have performed all over the country and even abroad, but this is their first appearance at the Great New York State Fair.
Kent is a professional dancer and says it look some time to transition between the two types of performances.
"It was just something that was completely different, so I was up for a challenge and I wasn't so good at the beginning, because like I said, I was used to seeing people's reaction, 'cause I'm used to having my eyes open, so it took some time," Kent said.
We caught up with them while they got dressed for their performance Sunday morning. It takes about 20 minutes to pull their look together and once they're in character, they don't talk at all, despite attempts to get them to crack a smile.
Nieves said, "You just stand still and I always hum, that's one of my secrets actually, because someone will try to make you laugh, they'll tell you a joke."
But the joke is on the audience, as the pair plays pranks on those brave enough to come close, even unsuspecting reporters.
If you'd like to catch the Living Statues, they'll be performing several times at the Fairgrounds at the Colonade throughout the end of the fair.