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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – June 1st, 2020

Host Keith Nelson opens the show with an introduction of the acts.

The Bindlestiff Open Stage introduced a ‘new’ camera angle.

Steve Langley performed a wonderful ‘bubble’ production act.

Steve created a ‘bubble’ merry-go-round with his equipment.

Pinkie Special performed a wild ‘hula-hoop’ act.

Bruke had his hands full with a delightfully agile hat juggling act.



Professor DR Schreober took us back in time with some fun period magic.

Larry Vee did the rolla-bolla, hula-hoop, spinning a ball and juggling another.



Stephanie Monseu encouraged the viewers to take the survey.

Chase Culp performed with musical cow bells and played them well.

Hovey Burgess talked about the ‘shot from canon’ act that was in the circus for so many years.

Marcus Monroe juggled illuminated and regular clubs and told some ‘one-liners.

Kyla performed a beautiful aerial act.

The Coronel Sisters from Peru had the most amazing balancing skills on the balls.


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Feb. 2020 – Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

Every first Monday of the month the folks at Bindlestiff Family Cirkus put together a variety show with everyone invited. New performers and seasoned ones can all try out their acts on the lovely Dixon Place stage. This month was short and sweet! Only 9 acts!

Hosted by Keith Nelson of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus organization. A great performer with numerous skills from many performing arts disciplines. Here he is opening the show with his ‘Chinese yoyo’ act.

Luther Bangart followed Keith with some lovely poetic club juggling.

Book Kennison and Logan Kerr slowed down the evening with a musical duet.

The next act was something new for the delightful and very funny Joel Jeske. An excerpt from his new one-man show ‘The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment“.

Host Keith attempted to catch an imaginary bottle of water on an imaginary umbrella.

He did catch the small urn on the stick!

The charming and very talented mentalist Robin Channing startled the audience with his amazing skills. I thought of a word and told him my birthday and he had them written down on a post-it during his drive to the theater earlier that night!

After intermission, the show began with some political song from aerialist/singer/choreographer Cleo Carol Knopf.

The next act was Jacob D’Eustachio who recently returned from his working with UK based Giffords Circus. I photographed Jacob in 2009 performing at the Bindlestiff show and now he is back in NY for more juggling/comedy mischief.

Jacob started by juggling some machetes and then handed out lemons to quite a few audience members and ask that they throw them at him. He did cut a few in half with the machetes.

Recently relocated to NY, Rich Potter is a clown with lots of performing history up north. He is trying out material in NY. Tonight he performed a ‘surreal’ piece of comedic physical clown.

The last act of the evening was aerialist Nina Gershy musically accompanied by Book Kennison and Logan Kerr.

Every first Monday of the Month at Dixon Place! Lots of great acts and always surprises.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – Jan 7th, 2019

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue

This monthly showcase of variety performers has a lot to be proud of.

The New York based cirkus family Bindlestiff has some great shows lined up all year long and not just in Manhattan. The company also has performances in Hudson NY and other locations. But, the monthly BOSVR as I refer to it as has so many great acts every  month and an audience that sees it one month will see a ‘variety’ of other acts the following month. Keith Nelson hosts the monthly extravaganza and believe me it IS an Extravaganza!

The first performance of the evening is usually is reserved for Keith. Here is the ‘diablo’ or Chinese Yoyo act which he excels at.

Bethany Shao performed an amazing ‘hand balancing’ act.

Host Keith Nelson has a wonderful knack for presenting his skills in between the other acts. He claims it is the only time he gets to rehearse them. Here is his lovely spinning wooden top act.

Next was Tru-Dee (Deborah Lohse) performing her hysterical dancing/signing act.

The eccentric act of Cassandra Nemser was opera singing mixed with magic linking rings. Montana Miller told a true biographical story about her aerial work and meeting a sky-diving man that swept her away.The back stage hands that move the show along by placing and replacing props for the acts also happen to be talented performers themselves. Here is clown/physical comedian Adam Auslander adding to the hilarity of the evening.Brian Klimowski has a great talent for the Yoyo and sang/danced was well.

In every monthly show there is a ‘walk-up’ slot to be filled by anyone that wants to participate ‘last minute’ by walking up to Keith and telling him they want to ‘go on’. This month it was Ambrose Martos and he performed a clown verbal improv that involved audience participation and tickled the audience’s funny bone for sure.

Closing the show was Jared Shanks who performed the aerial ‘straps’ act. It was really wonderful to see his control and skill.

As Keith calls up all the performers for the curtain call he reminds the audience to ‘meet at the bar’ upstairs and buy your favorite act a drink!

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Every first MONDAY of the Month at Dixon Place. Come and enjoy the talent!

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – 12/04/17

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – 12/04/17

What a great show this month! Here are the photographs…

Host Keith Nelson opens the show with his great ‘Chinese Yoyo” skills.

Hélène Demé Elzévir opens her act by taking a selfie of the audience and herself! 

Hélène Demé Elzévir performs a very funny act with different characters.

Torkova performed a wonderful set of magic from his one-man show.

Torkova performs a great handkerchief routine.

Keith practices his ‘top’ routine to help make time while stage gets redressed.

Rose Bonjo performs a lovely ‘hula-hoop’ act.

Rose Bonjo – A beautiful act mixing acrobatics, dance and hula hoop skills.

Ayla Weisz – Cyr wheel performance had a great personal style and beauty!

Ayla Weisz act was delightful and so visual.

Rondell Daniel Sinanan performed a mixed media piece with juggling umbrellas and slide projections.

Rondell Daniel Sinanan – Great skill and charm in this unique character act.

Cate Flaherty – Amazing skill mixed with ‘street performer’ charm. Stunning!

Cate Flaherty – While balancing on the rola-bola she juggled 3 balls behind her back.

The audience went ‘crazy’ watching her balance on a 5 level rola-bola. 

Vince – a comedy magician that talked like he just left Bensonhurst. Very funny!

Vince – he worked with the audience and brought more laughter.

Keith Nelson introduced the audience to a ‘new’ plate spinning act.

Zero Boy performed a ‘wild’ set of comedic vocal effect short stories.

To hear more of Zero Boy tune into his Radio Vaudeville show here!

Samantha Sherman – performed a very lovely aerial cube act.

Samantha Sherman – Sensuous and captivating acrobatics moves on the aerial cube.

Angela Ellis – performed a lycra/aerial act but I was unable to get photographs due to lighting issues.

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Next Bindlestiff Open Stage is Monday, January 8th! A great show to start off 2018!
For more information go here!
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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – March 7th, 2016 @ Dixon Place

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – March 7th, 2016 @ Dixon Place

What a great night at the theater! The Bindlestiff Open Stage was such a blast. Such a variety of performers…

Here are photographs from the Open Stage Revue.

2Keith Nelson Opens the showMC and Opening Act Keith Nelson performs the ‘Chinese Yoyo’.

Greg Dubin performs a magic trick with cards.Greg Dubin performs a great magic trick with cards and 2 audience members.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.057-2Audience member Ross Berenson signs the card with a magic marker. 

2016.03.07_BindOpn.086-2After putting the two signed cards into the deck and placing it in the paper bag he spears the bag and pierced the two cards.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.114-2A.J. Silver enlisted the help from an audience member to perform his whip cracking act.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.120-2With whip in hand, he poses the hysterical audience member holding the rose.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.135-2On his lovely little horse, he and the assistant ride off into the sunset.

Mariko Iwasa the clown.Mariko Iwasa (currently performing with Ringling Bros. Circus) performed a funny piece with ordinary props.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.194-2Full of energy and charm Mariko finished her piece.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.223-2Zero Boy performed with a table full of hats that he donned with different characters.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.236-2Zero Boy tells the story with his vocal wizardry and mimetic talents.

Dropsy Twins juggling clubs.The Dropsy Twins (David Sanders & Jeff Mitchell)  juggle clubs and balls and act pretty silly.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.285-2After completing their act the Dropsy Twins drop to the floor.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.314-2Diana Lin performs a beautiful aerial silk act.

Diana Lin performs a aerial silk act.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.333-2Poise and finesse were two admirable qualities of Diana Lin.

Matt Roper performs "Wilfredo".Wilfredo (Matt Roper) was so outlandishly hysterical in his costume and character the audience loved him.

Matt Roper Performs WilfredoWilfredo toast the audience with his whiskey.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.444-2Matt Roper won the audience over with his Wilfredo character.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.479-2Tyler Shaquire performed with such speed it was difficult to photograph his amazing aerial talent.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.483-2Precision and muscularity were his calling card.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.518-2Timothy Pratt (Pip) performed some wonderful magic for the audience.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.525-2Charming and talented Pip enjoyed the Bindlestiff Open Stage audience.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.543-2Albert Kircher performed a comedy routine based on his life experiences.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.550-2Part existentialism and part nihilism. But very funny.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.582-2Kelsey Strauch performed a funny ‘extended arms’ hoop piece.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.590-2With her acrobatic skills and great sense of humor Kelsey reached into surreal territory.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.593-2A split like you have never seen before performed by Kelsey Strauch.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.638-2MC and Bindlestiff main man finished off a great night with spinning eight bowls and catching all the silverware. Yikes!

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Every FIRST MONDAY of the month you can witness this fun night of Variety at Dixon Place.

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue.

Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY
Door $10 (suggested donation)
Showtime: 7:30 pm

Great fun!!!