Semper Fi – America’s Living Statue Soldier

The term ‘Living Statue’ refers to a mime artist who poses like a statue or mannequin, usually with realistic statue-like makeup, sometimes for hours at a time.

Living statue performers can fool passers-by and have been used by a number of hidden camera TV shows like ‘Candid Camera’ to startle people. These are not limited to individuals either, at times groups enacting a scene would be mounted on an elaborate stand decorated to look like a monument. Believe it or not, there’s a World Championship of Living Statues held annually at Arnhem, Netherlands (better known to Americans as Holland).

Living statue performers can be found in Key West at either Mallory Square before sunset or on Duval Street during the day. This one stands motionless with a bucket at his feet and shouts out loud ‘SEMPER FI’ upon receiving a donation from passers-by. Semper Fidelis is Latin for “Always Faithful” known as the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps (shortened to Semper Fi). If this is not there don’t be too bummed, there’s others!

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