Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Thou Shalt Not Steal

As I wrote in my first column, Comedy Darwinism, whenever I’ve asked any group of comedy jugglers or comedy magicians where their jokes come from, most answer: “It was something that happened while I was onstage.” Almost no one says: “I stole it from someone else’s show.” And yet, if you watch most shows, and I’m definitely including my own …

Notes and queries and a case full of clubs: Subjugation

As jugglers it seems to make clear and perfect sense to define ourselves based on our props: on tricks, on whirling orbits and topological paths, and perhaps also through our connection to the juggling community and the wider, but related, communities of other circus arts. Sometimes, and if moving away from the basic facts of juggling to those of performance …

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 …

The juggling scene here in Brazil!

Brazil is a huge country, with nearly 200 million people and more than 8.4 million square kilometers. Unfortunately, we don’t have as many jugglers as the United States or Europe. While juggling is starting to grow here, we don’t have any schools that focus only on juggling (at least not that I know of). But we do have a lot …

Notes and queries and a case full of clubs: Words of the Week

My last article took one particular theme (efficiency) and explored it as fully as I could. I often tend to fixate on one particular aspect of juggling at a time, and then try to understand and clarify my thoughts and beliefs on said aspect. Sometimes that clarification takes place in a notebook, sometimes in my head, and sometimes in an …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Collaboration

When John Park, my first juggling partner who eventually fled the country to get away from my never-ending notes, and I first started performing together, we were lucky enough to have great comedy mentors to learn from including: The best comedy teacher I know: Greg Dean. The fastest hands and fastest mind in comedy juggling: Frank Olivier. My BFF and …

Diabolo: Same concept, different prop.

I recently started practicing swing poi, and I noticed that there are lots of poi concepts that can be applied to diabolo. You can find concepts like this with clubs too, so… maybe we can find concepts with staffs, devil sticks, or other props that we can apply to diabolo as well. There’s no big difference between different props; you …

Brad Weston’s Stagecraft: Bubbles

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This column explores different art-forms and the creatives who work in them. We look at how choreographers approach their work, what an improviser needs in his tool kit to do well, and how a painter sees the world. In each case I will apply the techniques of each specific art-form to juggling and demonstrate ways in which we can apply the creativity of other disciplines to our own.

This month I sat down with bubble performer Geoff Akins [bubbleshows.com] to find out how he manages to make a living with soap and water. In his show, Geoff not only blows bubbles, he inspires a whole new generation to get out there and be true to their own visions. His program is not only cool to watch, it makes you think about what you can accomplish in your own life.

Perhaps inspired by the topic of bubbles, we met up at a laundromat halfway between our homes. In a couple of hours we managed to make a short movie, get our laundry done, and share some ideas about what it means to be a working artist.

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