By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You might not have the time or resources to take advantage of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, which ends its two-week run this weekend, but one of the nice things about having it here is that you might run into a performance. That’s what happened to the lunchtime crowd at the Reading Terminal Market and the Comcast Center yesterday afternoon.

Eric Bates flipped and balanced cigar boxes in an elaborately choreographed version of juggling. It’s one of the acts in the show his troupe, “7 Fingers,” is presenting at the Merriam Theater but, for this performance, Bates was working in the Center Court at the Reading Terminal.

“It’s fun challenges cause you don’t have your lights or your own space but it actually went really well and people were really receptive,” he said.

His performance drew rave reviews from the crowd.

“I thought it was very good and he was very good.”

“I fell in love with just.. how they did that. It was very interesting.”

“I haven’t seen anything like that before… really nice.”

Festival director Nick Stuccio says the hope is these pop-up performances will get people talking about the show.

“People’s opinions matter more than reviews as much as they used to.”

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