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The Clown UnMasked Series – A Comprehensive List 2010 – 2016

The Clown UnMasked

In 2010 I had a concept in my head one day that I should photograph my favorite subjects (Clowns) without their performance costume and makeup and match it with a performance shot. The ‘Unmask’ shot would be black and white and the performance shot in color.  I decided to call it The Clown UnMask. I began shooting in Feb. 2010 with one of the funniest clowns I know and admire. Glen Heroy.

I followed up with many more (almost 50) until I stopped shooting the series in 2016. Here is a comprehensive list of the performers (with links to the original posts) I documented in my ‘hallway’ studio. In the order in which I photographed them. Full post are reached by using the links. Some portrait are provided for visual excitement!

(The wall came down in 2016 so the series was discontinued)

Matt Mitler

Clowns ExMachina

John Leo

Eric Davis

Hilary Chaplain

Audrey Crabtree

Keith Nelson

Ambrose Martos

Joel Jeske

Amy Gordon

Rob Torres

Patrick de Valette

Tiffany Riley

Dick Monday

Julie Ferrier

Fred Blin

Tanya Elchuk

Nina Levine

Hew Parham

Mark Gindick

Peter Daniel Straus

Kevin C. Carr

Jeff Hess

Chris Allison

Drew Richardson

Lilli Sukula Lindblom

Mona Ray

Thom Monckton

Sampo Kurppa

Jenny Lee Mitchell

Michael Trautman

Jennifer Sargent

Maja Bieler

Helen Donnelly

James Godwin

Avner Eisenberg

Summer Shapiro

Neil Arthur James

Gustavo Pace

Didi Sanchezco

Kenny Raskin

Mooky Cornish

Adam Kuchler

Barry Lubin

Daniel Passer

Angela Delfini

Armitage Shanks

Matt Roper

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Big Apple Circus Clown Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals interview with Mark Gindick & Adam Kuchler

Vaudevisuals‘ Karen Jenson sat down with Big Apple Circus clowns Mark Gindick and Adam Kuchler to hear what they had to say about
‘clowning’ and where they got their start.

More about Mark Gindick and Adam Kuchler:

Mark Gindick is a professional actor, clown, physical comedian, director, teacher and writer/creator of his own theatrical shows. Wing-Man, his original theatrical piece without one spoken word, won BEST ONE-MAN SHOW in United Solo Theatre Festival, the largest solo festival of it’s kind in the world. Mark has appeared in major feature films, including the Nora Ephron comedy Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep; on televison, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and was featured in The PBS mini series CIRCUS; starred Off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in the New York Times acclaimed hit The Comedy Trio Happy Hour; clowned on circuses such as Cirque Du Soleil, Ringling Brothers and the Big Apple Circus as well as teaching clowning at SUNY Purchase College and other New York City venues. Mark wrote and starred in How To Be A Man at the Palace of Variety on 42nd Street (NYC) and Mark’s unique blend of vaudeville, dance, and physical comedy earned him three Golden Nose Awards.

Adam Kuchler is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Adam followed in his uncle’s footsteps and became a clown. Since 1995, he has worked in 43 of the United States and 14 countries around the globe,  in circuses, variety theaters, parks, cruise ships, and once in a bullfighting ring.   He appeared on Late Night with David Letterman multiple times, and in 2012, was honored to be awarded a special prize for clowning at the International Circus Festival in Figueres, Spain.  In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing ukulele and eating popcorn.

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Vaudevisuals interview with Keith Nelson – “A Cardboard & Duct Tape Spectacular”

UPDATED POST!

The new show will OPEN May 4th thru the 14th!

Come and see it and have some real FUN!

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Presents

“A Cardboard & Duct Tape Spectacular”

2016.05.07Bindle_256Adam Kuchler doing a one arm balance planche.

2016.05.07Bindle_224Kinko the Clown (Keith Nelson) succeeds in spinning all 8 plates and getting the spoons in the cans!

2016.05.07Bindle_191Ekaterina performs a lovely aerial hoop act.

2016.05.07Bindle_367Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder Stephanie Monseu rocks the house with her jumping rope skills.

2016.05.07Bindle_364Richie Maguire seems ‘gravity free’ in his wonderful acrobatic dance skills.

2016.05.07Bindle_343Peter Bufano, Nate Tucker and Adam Kuchler add a wonderful music touch to the show in this scene.

2016.05.07Bindle_297Adam Kuchler, Kinko, and Stephanie Monseu add the juggling to the cirkus that makes so fun!

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Brooklyn Lyceum – March 13 – 16th

The legendary Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret returns to Brooklyn from March 13 – 16 at the Brooklyn Lyceum! For 20 years, Bindlestiff’s New York City Cabaret season has been an alternative New York favorite providing a stage for the world’s best in circus, sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque, and variety.

Over 400 circus and variety arts stars have appeared in the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret since its inception by Brooklynites Stephanie Monseau and Keith Nelson two decades ago, featuring aerial performances, fire eating, funambulism, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, sideshow stunts, oddball novelty turns and much more. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where audiences may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, artists made known by America’s Got Talent, and even local legends all on stage together in the same incredible show.

In keeping with Bindlestiff’s underground New York City roots, the audience is encouraged to participate in the glamour of the evening by dressing the part. Those in costume or circus makeup can ask for a discounted ticket at the door. Perhaps you’ve got some top boots and a tailcoat in the closet? Or a corset and tutu you’ve been dying to wear? A cotton-candy-floss wig and sparkly eyelashes? There’s no better time to dig them out, put them on, and be part of the spectacle!

The New York Times said the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret is, “old-fashioned variety entertainment of the sort Ed Sullivan so astutely scooped up, but with twists.”

Tanya Solomon does some sideshow 'talking' .Tanya Solomon does some ‘talking’ inviting attendees to see the sideshow.

Stephanie Monseu performs as the Ring Mistress for the show.Ringmistress Philomena moves the show along as well as perform herself.

Kinko the Clown entertained the audience with some music on the 'squeezebox' accordion.Kinko the Clown entertained the audience with some music on the ‘squeezebox’ accordion.

Sabrina Chap provided a wonderful evening of music.Sabrina Chap provided a wonderful evening of music.

Adam Kuchler performs the Cigar Box ManipulationAdam Kuchler performs the Cigar Box Manipulation

Cardone amazes the audience with his magic.Cardone amazes the audience with his magic.

Cyr Wheel performer was amazing.German Wheel performer Chris Delgado was amazing!

Keith Nelson performs a 'sword swallow'.Mr. Pennygaff (Keith Nelson) performs a ‘sword swallow’.

Ekat Miss Ekaterina performing on the silk.Ekat Miss Ekaterina performing on the silk.

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Get your tickets now for the Cirkus!

FOR TICKETS: brooklynlyceum.wazala.com
More information: 1-877-BINDLES or bindlestiff.org
WHEN: March 13-16
WHERE: Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

ADULTS ONLY SHOW (18+): 8:00 pm on March 13, 14, 15, 16
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 at the door / $10 discount for clowns in make-up (walk-up only)
FAMILY MATINEES (all ages): 3:00 pm on March 15 and 16
Tickets: $12 or 4 tickets for $40

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Adam Kuchler performs “Cigar Box Manipulations” – A Vaudephone Presentation

Adam Kuchler from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs 'Cigar Box Juggling' at Dixon Place.
Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche
https://vaudevisuals.com
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Adam Kuchler will be performing with the Grand 20th Annual
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret
March 13 – 16th, 2014
@
Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Avenue
COME OUT AND SEE A GREAT SHOW!
For more information go HERE!
http://bindlestiff.org/pages/current.html

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The Clown Un_Mask – Adam Kuchler

Adam Kuchler in Clown Un_Mask seriesAdam Kuchler poses in my hallway for Clown Un_Mask series.

Adam Kuchler performs another funny act with balls.

Adam Kuchler performs as the 'bird' character.Adam performs in many different disciplines and guises and brings his own delightful zaniness to make them all shine!

A regular with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and he will be performing this summer with Circus Flora in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Mr. Aviner’s Variety Hour – Dixon Place – April 27th, 2012

The Co-Host of the show were Book Kennison and Mike Dobson.

Book Kennison hosting the Evening’s talent line up.

Mike Dobson co-host the Mr. Aviner’s Variety Hour at Dixon Place

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Gabriel Drouin

Gabriel Drouin performing on the Cyr Wheel

Having trained in martial arts prior to his work on the Cyr wheel Gabriel Drouin has great balance.

With legs crossed and still maintaining a great sense of movement.

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Adam Kuchler

With nothing but a few hats and a shopping bag Adam Kuchler makes the audience hysterical.

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Karianne Hayes

With fine technique and beauty Karianne Hayes captivates the audience.

Currently in her second year at Ecole de Cirque de Quebec, Karianne Hayes has amazing promise for the future.

Karianne Hayes has complete control over her body and technique.

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Aaron DeWitt

Aaron DeWitt has been juggling for 10 years and has an amazing talent.

Aaron DeWitt juggles effortlessly with mystical results.

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Aerial Emery

Aerial Emery performs with her hula hoop at the beginning of her act.

Aerial Emery has plenty of talent to share with the audience.

Performing with multiple hula hoops all at once.

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Adam Kuchler

Adam Kuchler displays his cigar box juggling skills.

Adam Kuchler caught in mid air juggling his cigar boxes.

Adam Kuchler juggling many cigar boxes.

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Karianne Hayes

With precision and technique Karianne Hayes performs on the German Wheel.

Karianne Hayes performs beautifully on the German Wheel.

After finishing the act Karianne Hayes takes her bow while holding the German Wheel.

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The Piccolini Trio

(Josh Stack, John Stork, Joy Powers) The Piccolini Trio act up as the final act of the evening.

The Piccolini brothers try to catch the falling dish from the Piccolini sister.

After breaking up all the dishes the Piccolini Trio take their bow.

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Look for future productions of MR. AVINER’S VARIETY HOUR at Dixon Place in the future!



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The Superfun Superfund Variety Show at FILM BIZ Recycling – April 21st,2012

12 Acts

Wonderful Line Up of performers

Great Location for a show – A warehouse full of movie props. The FilmBiz Prop Shop

Imagine a variety show on the set of a Twilight Zone Episode about a warehouse full of antique movie props….Awesome

Before the show the performing space is being set up.

A pillow for an audience member.

Josh Bisker readies the track lighting fixture before the audience arrives.

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SHOW TIME

Ellia and Josh Bisker get the show going by introducing the show.

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DALE SEEVER

Dale Seever begins his ‘spirit drawing’ session with a big easy chair and some spirits in hand.

Dale Seever holds up the ‘spirit drawing’ he did on the audience member.

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ZERO BOY

Zero Boy makes monster mayhem with his Sci-Fi Robot and Dinosaur love making scene.

More wonderfully insane stories told thru the vocal imagination of Zero Boy.

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ROB LOK

Rob Lok performs his manic madness on the audience.

Rob Lok performs an amazing handstand on 3 stacked chairs.

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PARIS

Paris (The Hip-Hop Juggler) spinning the red rings on his foot and hands.

Paris juggles five rings while kneeling on the floor. (Not enough ceiling height?)

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JOSH BISKER

Josh Bisker sings a lovely funny song for the audience at Superfun Variety Show

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DAVID BOYD

David Boyd performs card magic for the audience at Superfun Variety Show

David Boyd performs magic for onlooker Tanya Solomon who looks amazed.

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CARLA RHODES

Ventriloquist Carla Rhodes and Cecil Sinclair perform a hysterical set for the audience.

Cecil Sinclair sings a very funny song about Salt Water Toffee for the audience.

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ADAM KUCHLER

Adam Kuchler performs his wilding funny act for the audience.

While performing his wild act one of his swinging props lands in a precarious place.

Adam Kuchler realizes about his little mistake and feels the pain.

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BAD ADVICE

Right after the intermission the audience had a chance to ask questions which a select group of panelist would answer wtih “bad advice”.

Ellia Bisker sets up the table for the “Bad Advice” section of the show.

With Josh Bisker looking on, Cecil warms up to audience member panelist Mary Kelly Rayel.

Cecil loses his head during a heated fight between himself and Mary Kelly. Carla looks on!

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ELLIA BISKER

Ellie Bisker sings an original song from her Sweet Soubrette album.

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CHRIS GETHARD

Author of a new book titled A BAD IDEA I’M ABOUT TO DO. Chris invited an audience member (Austin Horse) onstage to liven up what he thought might be a slow performacne.

With Tazer in hand audience member Austin Horse proceeded to terrorize Chris.

(It was indeed a ‘bad idea that he did’)

While Chris Gethard reads his book he is constantly on the watch for Austin with the Tazer in his hand.

Chris Gethard almost gets ‘tazered’ by the hand picked Austin Horse.

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JEFF SEAL AND CHRIS MANLEY (BUTTONS)

Jeff Seal and Chris Manley pointing at me during the performance.

Jeff Seal and Chris Manley performing some rudimentary but hysterical acrobatics.

Chris Manley and Jeff Seal leave the audience with a sense of ‘being lifted off the ground’ by their antics.

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To keep up with Josh Bisker and what is going on and when the next Superfun Superfund Variety show is go here!

To keep up with Ellia Bisker and Sweet Soubrette go here!

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2012 Edition of The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – New Home at Dixon Place!!!

The beginning of the New Year was a great FIRST showing of the New Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show at Dixon Place.

After getting noticed by the Village Voice Choices editor and Time Out the house was SOLD OUT!

Here are a few moments from the wonderful evenings performances.

Hosted by Bindlestiff’s own Master of Ceremonies Keith Nelson.

Keith Nelson with one of his favorite props. The spinning wooden top!

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JACOB D’EUSTACHIO

Jacob D’Eustachio juggling to open the show.

Jacob juggling 7 balls off the platform.

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DAVE COX

Dave Cox unicycling without feet on the pedals.

Dave Cox attempts a ‘hula hoop’ finale that gets the audience’s support.

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ZERO BOY

 

Here is an excerpt from Zero Boy’s vocal trickery that leads you down the path of creative visualization.
This piece was performed at the Jan. 2. 2012 Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show at Dixon Place.

For more information on Bindlestiff Open Stage.
http://bindlestiff.org/menu/calendar.html

For more information on Zero Boy.
http://www.zeroboy.com/

For more information on Dixon Place:
http://www.dixonplace.org/

 

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ADAM KUCHLER

A funny character piece by Adam Kuchler was a delight to the audience.

A ‘balloonatic’ on the loose. Adam gets sidetracked from his goal by the balloon.

Finally he gets his one arm balance accomplished. Amazing!

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BILLY SCHULTZ

Billy Schultz begins his ‘Song and Dance Man’ piece behind shades!

“I want to be a Song and Dance man”.

Billy Schultz makes the ‘split’ look pretty easy.

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KEITH NELSON

Keith Nelson attempts to catch 2 spoons in the cups while keeping his plates spinning.

Keith Nelson keeps his 4 plates spinning and next month will add more.

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MAGIC BRIAN

The suave performer Magic Brian takes the stage and begins his routine.

The volunteer audience member handcuffs Magic Brian first.

Magic Brian gets tied up with rope and his feet secured with chains and he is blindfolded.

He attempts to escape the ‘bonding’ and do it before the female volunteer can find her card in the deck.

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KEITH INTRODUCES THE NEXT ACT WITH A TOP TRICK


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999 EYES

The ‘sideshow’ band 999 Eyes performs a few songs from their set.

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RYDER COOLEY

Ryder Cooley performing with uke and kazoo an original song and projections.

Vieled and mysteriously aloff Ryder Cooley entertains the audience with her song.

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KYLE PETERSEN

Suave “The Brooklyn Juggler”  Kyle Petersen on a unicycle juggling clubs.

Kyle changes his wardrobe and begins to unicycle and hulahoop at the same time.

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OLIVIA

Olivia begins the piece as a classical accordion player and then everything goes wacky.

The sheet music leaves the stand and ends up on her shoe. She continues as if nothing happened.

With her accordion behind her back she some how ends up on the floor trying to read her sheet music.

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AMAZING AMY

Amazing Amy is indeed the most amazing contortionist around.

Great strength and flexible body makes this woman the most Amazing!

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JAN MANKE

Jan Manke enters the stage with crutches and angel wings.

Beautiful physical control and technique on the aerial act.

Sometimes the act took on a visual resemblance to a painting.

 

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHS © 2012 Jim Moore