Joan and the Gentleman Juggler Review

When a ghost wants to tell a story, listen. A single flame wanders in the dark before the lights go up on L. Frank Baum (Ric Walker), the phantasmal narrator of Joan and the Gentleman Juggler– a delightful blur of unlikely friendship and good old-fashioned spectacle. Performed as part of the 9th Annual Living Literature Festival at the Metropolitan Playhouse …

Mother Africa at the New Victory Theater, Times Square, New York

The first thing you notice is the plethora of color. Colorful sights and colorful sounds. African costumes, and African music. Before during and after each act. The format is traditional circus. Act follows act. But instead of clowns between the acts, the troop comes out and does a high-energy tribal dance. Each dance is different – different costume, different music …

Big Apple Circus, 2013- Luminocity

The Big Apple Circus is back again. Every year it’s pretty much completely different in terms of acts and themes. This year’s theme, “Luminocity,” puts you in the hustle and bustle of Times Square, New York, and the performers are just plain folks walking down the street under the bright lights and noise, each looking for an excuse to break …

Life is Looking Up for Mark Angelo!

On September 11, 2012 Mark Angelo Peachock became a Guiness World Record holder by spit juggling two ping pong balls 212 consecutive times breaking the previous record of 186. That along with a recent appearance on the David Letterman Show plus a busy performance schedule means that life is looking up for this juggler. Mark is also a three time …

10 Questions With Delaney Bayles

     When I walked into the gym at the IJA Festival this past July, my twin brother ran up to me and immediately said, “You’ve got to come see the stuff that this teenaged girl is doing.  She’s amazing!” He was referring to Delaney Bayles. While I didn’t get a chance to see Delaney juggle very much during the week …

The Pastels: Amateurs Triumphant

The four guys who won the Teams Competition at the 2013 IJA festival are not really jugglers. That seems a harsh thing to say about a team, the Pastels, dressed in pastels, who blew away the audience with an intricate, energetic club passing routine covering all of the stage and including complex four-person patterns and some acrobatics, passing from atop …

Kyle Driggs, Individuals Champion: from Local Philly Phenom to the International Stage

The winning act in the 2013 IJA Individuals Championships looked foreign: New Age music; ethereal, plain background; slow, perfect choreography, and for props, only rings and an umbrella. But the winner was 22-year-old Philadelphia local boy Kyle Driggs, a product of the juggling hotbed that the City of Brotherly Love and the Philly Fest have become. But the foreign exoticism …

Circus Pages 2013 Show Review

Florida-based touring circus show Circus Pages returned to the Lenawee County Fairgrounds in Adrian, MI for two shows on June 5th, 2013. Now in its 23 annual touring season, Circus Pages brought back many of its usual acts along with a few new ones. Like the previous year, this year it was also held outside on the fairgrounds has opposed …