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Karen E. Gersch – Artist Portfolio

KAREN E. GERSCH If anyone knows about the circus it is Karen E. Gersch. She has performed, created and directed circus and painted, drawn and illustrated it. Her work is beautiful and captures the whimsical nature of the circus soul. Here are a few choice examples of Karen's work with her descriptive text. The ‘Nickel’ in this oil painting, “Nickel Storms the Ring” was my teacher and mentor, Nina Krasavina, a star acrobat, aerialist ad the first woman clown ever to grace the ring of the Continue reading...
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The Rob Torres Tribute Book

After a year of assembling photographs, quotes, personal comments, essays, and more photographs we finally have a beautiful book to offer the fans and friends of Rob Torres. The professional photographers that have contributed their work to the book are: Michelle Bates, John Cornicello, Rob Falk, Mark Gardiner, Maike Schulz, and Wednesday Aja. Of course, I have photographs in the book as well. A community celebration of the life of Rob Torres. Commentary by Paul Binder (co-founder of The Big Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with Kevin Venardos – Venardos Circus

I flew to Asheville to visit a few good friends and to interview Kevin Venardos. He is the founder of Venardos Circus and the ringmaster on every show. He talks about all the things that go into making a one-ring circus possible. Great show! The truck that carries the tent and bleachers, props, lighting and sound equipment is parked next to the text. It was a very overcast day when I arrived. The show had great lighting and sound. The international talent lineup was amazing! Broadway Brian Continue reading...
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The Seashore Variety Hour at Coney Island USA – August 1st, 2019

Steeplechase's own 'Funny Face' (Brendan Schweda) the first to take the stage and introduce the show. San Francisco based 'chair stacking balance' performer MeeZee hosted the evening with Coney Island based sword swallowing, aerialist Wendy Blades. ~ ~ ~ Featuring the other talents of Koo Koo The Bird Girl, Jelly the Clown and Rasutin's Marionettes. Koo Koo The Bird Girl started the show off with her wonderful eccentric act. Koo Koo performed blind folded in an aerial hoop and was wonderful. The Continue reading...
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Bindlestiff’s “brooklyn abridged” show at The Connelly Theater

Bindlestiff's own Keith Nelson begins the wonderful show! Ermiyas Muluken (from Ethopia) performs his amazing 'ladder act'. The multi-talented Cassady Rose Bonjo performed her 'hula-hoop' act. Flying high above the stage was the remarkable Kenneth Stephen Neil. Bringing the audience back to the sideshow Keith Nelson performs 'blockhead'. What goes into the head must come out. Keith removes the nail from his skull Angela Buccinni and Yoni Kallal perform their wonderful acrobatic duo act. Esther Continue reading...
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Bindlestiff Open Stage ~ Mirror Tent at Big Apple Circus ~ 1/7/2019

Guest Photographer/Blogger Maike Schulz On this special The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue was hosted at the Mirror Tent at Lincoln Center on January 7th. It was an amazing lineup of great acts. I am posting the work of photographer Maike Schulz who has specialized in shooting circus worldwide for many years. Her work is stunning! Bindlestiff Co-founder Keith Nelson hosted this wonderful evening of variety arts. Opening the show with his 'Chinese YoYo' act was Keith Nelson. One of my Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with Thom Wall – Juggler

Thom Wall was coming to Brooklyn in between gigs and I got a chance to interview him. He is currently performing with Cirque du Soleil show 'Totem'. Here is Thom's personal site with video and more information. And here is more of Thom performing his wonderful 'vaudeville' style juggling. # # # # # Continue reading...
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Circus Amok – “Enough is Enough” – Summer 2018 Parks Tour

There is always wonderful performances when you see Circus Amok in the parks. I attended the Tompkins Square Park performance on Sept 14th (one of 5 parks they performed in) and had so much fun!  Here are a few photographs and video from the show. The Circus Amok Band needs attention first. They add so much to the show!(left to right: Jenny Romaine, Lee Free, Mary Feaster, Jessica Lurie and Ben Myers.) Some delightful audience members who came to support Circus Amok.(Lori E. Seid, Peggy Shaw, Continue reading...
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A Collection of Posters

POSTERS I usually post a recommended book on Monday but I couldn't find anything new! So here are some lovely historical posters from the Circus, Magic, and Sideshow world. # # # # #   Continue reading...
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“My Heart is in your Shoe” – A clown play directed by Yury Belov

To Commemorate the Birthday of Yury Belov I present this remembrance of his first NY show! "My Heart is in your Shoe" - The Clown Conspiracy The cast, crew of show and family members of Yury Belov. John Grimaldi(Left kneeling), Joe Killian(Green shirt), Tanya Belov(Center), Jan Greenfield, and Fred Yockers (Front Right kneeling) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ We landed in the USA at the end of March of 1981 and our Show "My Heart is in your Shue" was premiered in October of 1981! YES, WOW!!!! What a joy that was! Continue reading...