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Are those snakes real?

Street Performers: The Snake Man

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A bevy of street performers dressed up as film and cartoon characters can always be found along Hollywood Boulevard between Grauman's and Highland. They're fun to take pictures with, but if you do, be sure to give them a tip ($1 is more than enough).

The Snake Man shown here is from Venice Beach, and many guidebooks will lead you to believe you can still find him there, but we've got the inside scoop. He says the snakes (which are plastic, by the way) are lucky, especially for women. If you drop a small tip in his container, he'll tell you the strange story of how he got them.

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