Diabolo performer, 14, hit by mainland street magician
The young performer and the magician had a row which allegedly ended with the magician hitting the boy over the head; he was later charged by police
A 14-year-old local boy who performs diabolo on the streets had to go to hospital after getting into a fight with a rival entertainer while they performed in Kowloon on Monday night.
At 11pm the teenage boy got into a dispute with the other street performer, a 24-year-old man from mainland China, who was doing magic tricks next to him at an open area outside Star House in Tsim Sha Shui, news website HK01.com reported.
It was understood that the boy, who is a secondary three student, was upset about the lack of income he made because he had few people watching. He lost his temper and threw his equipment case on the floor, which made a sound that disturbed the magician.
The young performer and the magician argued, and the magician allegedly hit the boy on his head with a mobile phone.
Police received a report about the incident. When they arrived at the scene, they found the boy had an injury on his head, so they sent the boy to hospital for medical treatment.
Meanwhile, the mainland Chinese man was arrested for alleged assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
It was understood the boy taught himself diabolo tricks, then started doing performances on the street a year ago, for three to four nights a week to earn some money.