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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue @ Galapagos Art Space

With the news that Galapagos Arts Space is moving to Detroit, I wanted to post a series of photographs that I took while I documented the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue there.
Here is a video collage and a few images from that series.
Currently Bindlestiff is presenting it’s monthly series (1st Monday of Every Month) at Dixon Place.

Jen Slaw Juggler
Jen Slaw – Juggler

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Keith Nelson – Host of Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue

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Catahoula Cajun Music Band

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Stephanie Monseau on the ‘Rola-Bola’.

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Magician/Ventroliquist Dave Cremmin

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Aerialist Amy Chen

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Clown/Comedian Jeff Seal

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Zero Boy with Tanya Elchuk

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Rob Lok

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Michael Richter

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Jan Damm

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Ekat MissEkaterina

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Magic Brian

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Sincerely Yours

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Le Gateau Chocalat

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Amazing Amy

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Cast of Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue at Galapagos Art Space.
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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Sept. 3rd, 2012 at Dixon Place

Keith Nelson warms up the audience with his opening act.

Keith Nelson is always adding new moves to his amazing diabolo act.

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Audrey Crabtree and Billy Schultz

Audrey Crabtree and Billy Schultz performing “No Reservations Needed”.

Directed by John Towsen and Piano by Will Shaw.

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Torkova performs amazing tricks with money.

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Helena Reynolds

Helena Reynolds performs her hula hoop act.

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Gustavo Pace Estefan

Gustavo Pace Estefan performing a new piece of monolog.

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Joe Showers

Joe Showers performing with his own kendama.

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Josh Bisker prepares the silk fabric for the next act.

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Amanda Hackman

Amanda Hackman performing on the silks.

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Keith Nelson – Plate Spinner

Keith completes 7 spinning plates.

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Alberto Burgos

Alberto Burgos performs a funny monolog skit.

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Amazing Amy

Amazing Amy performs contortions with disbelief.

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Helena Reynolds

Helena Reynolds amazes the audience with her skill.

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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 juggling to open the show.

Jacob juggling 7 balls off the platform.

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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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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.

For more information on Zero Boy.

For more information on Dixon Place:


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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 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 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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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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999 EYES

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

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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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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 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 is indeed the most amazing contortionist around.

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

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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

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The Amazing Amy – A Vaudephone Presentation #6

The Amazing Amy performs her pretzel bending body into shapes and forms for us all to Amaze at!


Vaudephone is a co-production of and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

Recorded at Dixon Place on October 25th, 2011.

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‘tinydangerousfun’ – ONE YEAR OLD! – June 28th, 2011 Show

The curtain in the basement of Sycamore Bar – ‘tinydangerousfun’ –  1st Birthday!

John Leo, tinydangerousfun’s curator, attempts to host without his usual cohost ANDY SAPORA (who is in London for the summer)…

…until John’s “sister” AUDREY CRABTREE shows up to save the show! 🙁

John playing 52 Pickup with Audrey.

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Gustavo Pace with an illogical but funny rant about yellow hands.

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Audrey makes John do their Irish family tradition of bumps on the head for your birthday.

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Cougar yoga: Raaawwrrr!

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John and Audrey with their yoga.

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Jeff Seal with some funny jokes!

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Gotta love that bellydancer at the 1 year birthday party!

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Redhot Pinky does Amelia Earhart

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The 13th Act

Audience members receive their assignment for…The 13th Act!

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Jane, Joe and Horn

Joe, Jane and Horn perform earnest folksie music.

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Mollena (Mo) Williams

Mo grabs us with an erotic bedtime story

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‘Wait, sis, I’M the pinata?!

I don’t like being a pinata”

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Chris Rozzi as a human video game

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Brother and Sister dancing arm in arm (and butt in hand).

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Curtain Call Finale

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If you want to come and see this wonderful show the next one is JULY 26th, and will be hosted by


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‘tinydangerousfun’ Variety Showcase – March 29, 2011

The hosts for the evening’s festivities.

John Leo and Andy Sapora.

What was it that ‘bugged them out so much?

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Violetta pushes the boundaries of the tiny space with a dance.

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Tiny Dangerous Regular Glen Raphael makes us laugh with more of his witty lyrics.

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Improvised dance theatre artists, READY TO (BLANK), (L to R. Jamie Graham, Amy Larimer, and John Leo).

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If Christopher Sheer gets this wrong, he’s gotta get nekkid.

Darn! He got them right!

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Host Andy Sapora ask me to try this ‘whatever is on the plate’?

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This is NOT a drill.

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The 13th Act (audience members) misheard “Libya” as womanly parts.

The 13th Act in the 13 orgasm of the night.

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Amazing “WOW” Amy.

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Andy and John risking their vision.

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Billy Dee Bedlam sings!

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Andy and John with protective Eyeware, testing this month’s ‘Dumpster Dove! Treasure Trove!

Tanya Solomon, John Leo and Andy Sapora.

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Christian’s offering saves us all from having to double dip with Sycamore plastic ware.

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Host Andy Sapora’s tribute from Christopher Sheer.

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John Leo is costume.

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Lola Bruise

Lola grosses us out and gets us off with tinydangerousfun’s last orgasm of the night.

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All Photographs © 2011 Jim Moore / All Rights Reserved




Big Top Variety on an intimate scale in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

Last Tuesday of every month

Sycamore Bar, Brooklyn

Blog Text by John Leo
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Coney Island Side Show USA – BB Kings Dec. 30, 2010

Coney Island USA

When I walked into the show Coney Island Sideshow USA at BB Kings the other day I had a feeling I was walking back in time. Or taking a step into a past that was vibrant and alive with performers who loved presenting for the ‘people’.

My love of Coney Island and it’s history is probably why I made this blog entry look like photographic postcards I found in a dusty steam trunk in my aunt’s attic. Discovering the ‘sideshow’ was something that happened to me as a young man walking into Al Flosso’s Magic shop on West 34th St. He had a picture on the wall of Dreamland Circus Sideshow with all the performers standing in front of the entrance posing for the photograph I was looking at. It was dated 1931. I wanted to think that Dreamland Circus Sideshow and Luna Park were still open for attendance. I would have loved to have had that experience.

Dick D. Zigun (the founder of  Coney Island Sideshow and Coney Island Museum.) presents this delightful show at different venues around town during the winter months.(Warm weather at their home on Coney Island-one of the few buildings still standing)  A great lineup for a wonderful show of talent and skills that aren’t to be found in our media/television heavy 21st century.


The Great Fredini

The Great Fredini hosted the show and performed his sword swallowing. (to start with)

Audience volunteer helps The Great Fredini pull a sword from his throat.


Princesss Pat

The cast of the afternoon’s show was all a public could want in variety.

Princess Pat dances sultry with her large ‘live’  snake.


The Amazing Amy

‘The Amazing Amy’ twisted herself into many impossible yoga positions set to techno music.


Adam Rinn

A ‘postcard’ pic if I ever saw one

Here is ‘wildman’ Adam Rinn with two young women standing on his chest thru a bed of nails which he also seems to be laying on.

Adam Rinn doing a magical cigarette trick. Swallowing?

A multi-skilled performer Adam Rinn eats fire.

Here Adam Rinn is blowing fire.


The Great Fredini puts Princess Pat in a box which he then stuck 30 blades into.

He then invited audience members up on stage to see her in the box.

The Great Fredini explains to audience members the story behind the box while they look in at Princess Pat.


Jennifer Miller – Zenobia

One of the ‘Original’ members of the Coney Island Sideshow and a wonderful performer in many disciplines.

She is juggling machetes!

A ghost like shot of Jennifer Miller juggling her machetes.


The Great Fredini and The Electric Chair.

With audience members The Great Fredini is able to electrify them and get a florescent bulb to illuminate in one of their hands.


The show was completed with Princess Pat dancing for the audience.

A great afternoon of entertainment and a lot of exotic surprises that weren’t expected.

See them next at THE HIGHLINE BALLROOM on January 2, 2010.


May you have an exotic, amazing, delightful, serene, exciting and peaceful NEW YEAR!


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Ferdinand the Magnificent – NY Clown Theatre Festival Show

Nick Trotter performed this show ‘Ferdinand the Magnificent’.

I had a chance to speak with him about his character and the show.


He makes his entrance from the back of the theatre and acquaints himself with members of the audience right away.

Here he finds his romantic interest in the Amazing Amy sitting in the front row.

He has a very unique smile!

He presents her with a beautiful flower to show his compassion.

They embrace and hold on. This was the beginning of a stage romance.

He proceeded to find items of interest in his diaper.

He wonders what delightfully ingenious play can he do with this?

After escorting Amy backstage for some smooching he then leaves the theatre with his love intact.

Clowns with Gowns look on!