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If a great musician plays music but no one hears, was he really any good?

A Washington Post journalist, Gene Weingarten, conducted a hilarious social experiment with world famous violinist Joshua Bell at one of the Washington, DC metro stations last January.

Joshua Bell, whose sell out concerts sell for $100 per ticket, or more, played his $3.5M Stradovarius violin during the morning rush hour at the top of the escalators in the L’Enfant Plaza metro stop. He received $52.17 in tips from appreciative commuters. $20 of that came from the only person who actually recognized him.

Also read the live discussion Washington Post held last Monday about the article.