Have An Edge

One time I was performing for an audience that was half British and half German. I call this “picking your poison”. To many performing neophytes, the very notion that one must decide which segment of the audience you’re going to go after is anathema. “You must please the entire audience” they protest. No, you don’t. In fact, you can’t. More to …

How I Got This Way

My biggest stroke of luck was to grow up a short distance from a magic club called The Long Beach Mystics. The Long Beach (largest non-county seat city in the U.S!) that my parents grew up in was sometimes called “The Des Moines of the west coast” because of its lack of what we now call “diversity.” By the time …

Varieté Redux

My wife explained to me at length that our neighborhood variety theater has a “brunch show” each Sunday starting at 12 noon. When I asked, incredulously, how performers can expect to stay awake through the night to do a  show in the middle of the day, she explained to me that they “go to bed early” on Saturday and “wake up …

Varieté in Germany

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to see the latest offering at Varieté et cetera in Bochum, Germany. The current show features world-class acrobats, contortionists and a guy with a cube, but for my money, two performers stood out among the rest. One of them, happily, is the bounce juggler Abbdi. At first glance Abbdi seems to share a background …

DAVID DEEBLE

A COLUMN IS BORN Jugglers And Fans Of Juggling And The Related Arts – It is not yet clear whether this column will post daily, weekly or monthly. That wil be determined by reader interest, so probably the latter. While it’s difficult to predict at this point exactly what direction it will take, one can reasonably infer that it will …