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The Butterfly Man

Robert Nelson's performances at 
PIER 39 in the 1970s and 1980s 
inspired a generation of street 
performers in San Francisco and 
around the world.

The Butterfly Man, as he was
known, was brash, hilarious and 
always kept the audience laughing.

"How can you count 
or know the amount 
or the value of a man? 
By the dhow displayed 
of the beauty made 
by the touch of the juggler's hands." 

Robert Nelson 
The Butterfly Man
September 16, 1949 - August 27, 2012

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