An 8 year old blind, autistic boy came across a street performer (Video)

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And what happened next was beautiful.

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  • BabyFarts Magizax

    beautiful is right… gotta love life

  • divex


    • nevermore

      find a cliff,walk off it.

      • r@f

        divex, tell us where your daddy touched you?

    • Ryan

      I see your meh and i raise you a meeeeeeeeeeeh

    • bucknasty


    • Travis

      Your mom should have had an abortion while carrying you.

  • llwproductions

    Wonderful. At 1:57, the boy actually glances up and flashes a smile. It's quick and brief, but he smiled. A child this severely autistic rarely smiles. And kudos to the performer for having patience with the child.

    • true story

      this is the first time i actually hit the thumbs up button.. i always thought u had to have an account…..

    • TitoRigatoni

      Agreed. As the father of an 8 year old autistic boy, I want to find this performer and drop a twenty in his hat.

      • Andrea Swan

        I have a thirteen year old who is autistic and I would also like to do the same. So many make fun or stare at my child when he does atypical things.

      • Amy
      • tcja4

        I too have a son who is autistic. Finding those who have patience for them is too few and far between. It was wonderful to watch their mutual connection to music. Just beautiful. Now I'll go wipe my tears away.

  • CgG

    There's ….dust….in my eyes.

    • Attaxia

      Yes…. dusty here also

    • Dakota Moore

      dang allergies

  • Dean Jackson

    Faith in humanity restored.

  • garibaldi

    Thats awesome. Its like he was learning the song.

  • Edge

    That man epitomizes being a Chiver. Giving time to someone else because they may not get it from others. Chive on my friend and thanks for the example.

    • JohnnyAppleSeed

      Or maybe he epitomizes just being a good person? I'm sure this man knows nothing of this site and wouldn't care to.

      • Dolphins13

        Yeah he doesn't have a clue about the site, he is a very good friend of mine and is an amazing person. I'm a huge Chiver and wondered if they would post the footage. My wife and I were there in Lawrence the day before trying to catch up with him but couldn't. I only wish she and I could have been there to witness it. I've talked to him a few times since and he has stated that it was one of the most amazing experience he has ever had. He plans on doing a follow up with the child because the boy plays guitar himself. If you ever met him you would find one of the nicest people in the world. He has been playing for years and comes from an amazing family of musicians. They would do anything for anybody no matter who they are or where they came from (True to the Chive Philosophy). He is a staple on the streets in Lawrence Kansas and travels all over the states.

        • Bub

          I live in Kansas City, where does he perform? On Mass? I want to drop $ for this guy, made me weep.

  • alf

    The hippy should work with special needs kids, he has the right mindset/patience for it. He actually did all the right things with the kid.

    • TitoRigatoni

      Yep. I especially liked when the kid puts his hands over the strings and the guy's like, ok, we'll play muted chords now :-)

    • boobs

      what ignoring him?

  • Kyle

    Hope that guy got a huge tip for that moment

    • KyleGamgee

      He didn't do it for the tip, fellow Kyle.

  • yuval

    I'm not shame of it. I'm fucking crying in here.

    • Sylvain R.

      same here. Man Humans are capable of the most amasing and the most stupid, but this was a nice thing to see.

      thx chive!

  • Marty Adair

    I have sent this to just about everyone I know. That was a magical moment caught on film for us all to enjoy.

  • Michael Marquez

    Who cut an onion in my living room?!! Man, that was awesome.

  • Tracy Angell

    Soooo sweet! My 5yr old daughter who is Autistic also does that same thing. :)

    • kashakesh

      yeah – my 3 1/2 year old boy (IDIC 15 and Autism) would be jumping up and down, trying to help the guy finger chords there. Good to see. :)

    • sandy

      My son is 5 years old and Autistic also- its small things that we take with such
      joy in with our special little guys! :)

  • Whimsymaker

    Awesome in so many ways

  • Ryan

    Fucking quality right there

  • jim

    brought a smile to my face

  • CC101

    Music speaks to every soul. This warmed my heart in so many ways.God bless that man & that boy.

  • Jason Roberts

    One of the most amazing things ever. Music touches everyone. That man just kept right on playing! Well played sir! Well played.

  • Jess

    I hope his mom did the smart thing and went right out and bought him a guitar.

  • Mikeg01sf

    MOAR of the mom

    • Web2992

      Don't be a douche.

    • Mdot

      Not the time. Something bigger then your boner happened.

      • Spelling Police

        *than* – what you typed reads like "that's what she said."

  • Tommy-Gunn

    Awesome. I wounder what his experience of the moment felt like.

    • Web2992

      I took the chord and wounder up… Like that?

    • Amy

      In response to the "Jacob and the guitar man" video:

      First of all, I cannot thank you enough for visiting my website and being interested in my music. I am completely blown away by the number of visitors on here.

      I try not to take the internet too seriously and involve it into my daily life, for I feel there are better things to focus on. (I would rather spend my days outside when it's beautiful spring weather). It really shouldn't choke me up when I see this much traffic on my website. However, I get choked up when I am looking at how many people are getting my album, listening to my music, and sending me the most heartwarming mail I have ever read. I got home last night to do my regular routine of music e-mails and promotional work I was so emotionally overwhelmed by the number of people who have purchased my album. I cannot be more thrown back by all of this in the greatest of ways… it has brought me to my knees and to tears. These Cd's are bringing me that much closer to my long term dream of owning an RV to tour in (that runs off of waste vegetable oil). I cannot begin to thank you all enough for taking the time to listen to my music. Whether it's at a show with 1 person, or a packed house, each and every person who takes the time to listen just blows me away.

      It brightens my week when someone picks up a cd online. I usually hope for a couple a week to help out with rent, bills, etc. For 15 people to visit my website in a day is an unusual day. I can't even grasp that 6,000 people have been to my website today. It's not processing quite yet.
      I started responding to each e-mail I woke up to today. But with nearly 500 in my inbox, I found it difficult to get back to everyone this morning. I truly do love reading each and everyones story, and enjoy to see where every one is from.. so keep them up. I just don't have time to respond to every single one (although I'm going to still try!)… that is why I am writing on here :)

      Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so very much for taking the time out of your day to listen to my music and find a connection. It means the world to me. It means more than I can even explain. I find it a miracle to reach out to so many people I have dreamed to reach out to for so long. In only two days.

      As far as the video of Jacob and I goes, I am so surprised at the response. Very surprised. I didn't know the internet was so powerful and could connect to people so much! haha

      Either way.. It was an ordinary day, walking to my regular spot to busk when I don't have a gig that night, and play music on the corner for a rotating crowd. When Jacob came over I felt excited about having another kid listen to the music. (Makes my day when kids dance to the music on the street… I already had a couple come over that day so it was already nice). However, unlike most kids that come up to me with curiosity, I felt so much energy coming off of him and I was completely overwhelmed. His hand on my leg was very powerful and about brought me to tears while playing. Not because he is blind or autistic.. but because of a connection I have never felt and one that is impossible to explain. Honestly, a feeling that came from my toes all the way up my body and surrounded me. I can't begin to explain it. I want to try to put it into words, but there is no way to tell how powerful his energy felt.

      It was a powerful moment that made my day and reminded me of the good things in life. Reminded me why I love different interactions with people when playing music. Reminded me of how powerful music can be between two people. It also reminded me not to take things for granted, for most of us have it pretty easy in our everyday life. So, I just simply went home with a very big smile on my face that day, and a story to tell my close ones.

      I would love to continue it in the future. Maybe share and play more music together with Jacob. Although, his mama also told me that Grandpa likes to do some pickin' himself, and that Jacob has a guitar as well. I'm sure that coming across me on the sidewalk that day was that little something that struck a chord in his heart that he found familiar and could relate to that day :)

      Once again thank you all so very much for everything.
      Thank you for the kind words and heartwarming stories. Thank you for listening to my music and thank you for simply spreading the love. It brings me to tears when I see how many people have listened to my music. Thank you.

      – Tyler

  • southernmost

    Where was this ? Would like to reward the street performer.

  • raptors09999

    This dude shows exactly what it takes to be an amazing guitar player; takes a pure soul. This dude shredded it and made a kid day all at once. That's what it's all about

  • MCD

    this happened in Lawrence Kansas. I met this guy many times. He always performs on the streets and he is really good.

    • ZenTechnocrat

      I'll confirm this. It's in front of a great store called "The Third Planet". I used to live in Lawrence and this sort of thing doesn't surprise me. The community of musicians that play downtown on Mass street are fantastic. Chive On Buddy!!

    • Nate

      When you see this man. Shake his hand for Chivers all around please

  • Web2992

    Got something in my eye again… Some sort of weird coincidence how it happens watching these videos.

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