This is more Punch than Judy! Shocking moment street performer hits passer-by in the face because he tried to put him off. For a freeze-frame street performer who makes a living by standing very, very still, patience is more than just a virtue.
But when a trouble-maker tried to put the silver cowboy off his act by tickling his ribs and putting a soggy finger in his ear, no amount of patience could keep him still... so he punched him in the face.
The incredible reaction was caught on camera on Cavill Avenue shopping street in Australia's Surfers' Paradise today.
The performer had been innocently plying his trade, shaking hands with a young member of his audience when a blond and tattooed trouble maker attempted to put him off.
He tweaked his nose, tickled his ribs, doffed his hat - and even licked his finger and thrust it in the entertainer's ear.
And still the thick-set performer held his composure. Then the grinning passer by made one final attempt to distract his foe and rubbed his face with his hand.
From nowhere, the moustachioed cowboy broke from his trance and lashed out, thumping the man in the jaw with his fist, knocking him to the ground.
As horrified shoppers looked on the cowboy returned to his pose and continued the act as if nothing had happened.