On Monday night I watched the wonderful Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine edition and was pleased to see the “Ask Hovey” segment (featuring circus historian/teacher/performer Hovey Burgess) where he talked about ‘Midgets’ and mentioned the Vaudevisuals Press book “Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville“. Here is the video excerpt from the show.
Host Keith Nelson introduces the performers for the show.
Beautiful juggling by Luther Bangert in the wilds of nature.
Keith does some real fun ‘sign juggling’.
Montana Miller recites quite a few chemical names while doing a handstand.
Keith announces the best ‘chatterer’ during the Bindlestiff show.
Angelo Iodice shows off his award sash for ‘best chatterer’.
Denny Daniel introduces a whole assortment of antique items from his museum collection.
Great opportunity to help the performers by making a donation.
Mark Hayward attempts (and completes) this new trick of knocking the chip off his ear with the yoyo using a mirror.
Jenny Vidbel performs with her beautiful trained horses.
Keith attempts to catch the knife in the apple on the board. Nope!
During his weekly “Ask Hovey” segment Hovey Burgess talks about elephants in the circus.
Mentalist, magician Eric Walton performs a trick with an audience volunteer.
Butch and Buttercup perform a high aerial balance act under the roof of The Muse.
Performers take their virtual curtain call.
Next Monday night at 7:30pm. A new show with new performances! Tune in!
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Dominque Rabideau performed a lovely skilled hat juggling act.
From the wilds of the UK Jon Udry performed a wonderful ‘juggling/striptease’ routine and then a charming teacup and teabag juggling routine.
Ermiyas Muluken performed a feat of balance and then juggled clubs while being 4 levels up on a rolla-bolla.
The performers in this show would usually be on stage getting a nice salary for their act but due to the ‘shut down’ they are here for your entertainment. Please consider donating at the options listed above!
Drew Nugent played a song on the piano and performed with the cute little teacup and mouthpiece. (A unique instrument for sure!)
Brian and Tyler play some ‘technical wizardry’ in their act!
They proceeded to take the ‘blockhead’ once step further using an electric drill!
Keith attempts the ‘exquisite failure’ routine with the apple and knife. Watch next week because he ‘failed’ this time again. (this time he had his shoes on!)
Stephanie Monseu talks to the audience about ‘giving a hand’ in making the show better!
Kelsey Strauch performs her delightfully funny ‘long arms’ dance routine.
David Darwin requested a volunteer (virtually) and had her projected on his wooden wall pretending to be ‘walking dead’ and threw his knives at the wooden wall. Wild!
Salih Mahammed performed a very skilled juggling act with some props.
Stephanie Morphett-Tepp (Flying Brain) performs a traditional hair hanging act.
The performers take the ‘virtual’ curtain call.
Watch the show next Monday at 7:30pm – Different Acts Every Week!
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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.
Tune in Next Monday for another Bindlestiff Open Stage show!
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Host Keith Nelson introduces the show and the evenings acts.
Jan Damm and his family performed a fun vaudeville act for the viewers.
Chris Delgado performed on the ‘wheel’ in the street before the camera.
Rich Potter performed with his hand puppet as he escaped from his closet quarantine.
Kira DiPietrantonio did contortion and juggled in the most amazing ways.
Lou Johnson manipulated the hoops in a very unique way.
Hovey Burgess answered a question about his love of the circus.
The Dutch juggler Niels Duinker showed the viewers his new home (barn) and juggled some rings, cups, balls, and cows.
Keith Nelson attempts to conquer another old vaudeville trick. He succeeds in doing half of it right!
Leonid the Magnificent paraded around the grounds hula-hooping and dancing up a storm.
Reggie Bugmuncher performed a classic sideshow “eye hooks” act by lifting up a fishbowl with hooks attached to her eyelids.
Candice Storley performed a lovely aerial act in the flying hoop.
The cast takes the Zoom curtain call online!
Keith wishes the Coney Island amusement ride WONDER WHEEL a 100th Birthday!
Tune in next week for another great show!
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Host Keith Nelson introduces the acts of tonight’s show.
Magic man Torkova performs two different amazing feats. One with multiplying candles and the second producing two bowls of oranges.
Erin Stephens performs a very skilled juggling set in a beautiful studio setting.
Patrick Garner performs a ‘tribute’ to Senior Wences ‘one-handed’ ventriloquism act
Presenting a show has many costs. To help defray these please see the above methods for donating to this cause. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is a ‘not-for-profit’ 501(c)3 organization.
Fernanda Sumano performed a high energy hula-hoop act that allowed us to follow her through the house she was performing into the street and then the roof!
Wilfredo sang a lovely song for the viewers which included the ever-present “I”.
Keith Nelson introduces the ‘Ask Hovey’ segment of the show.
Justin Weber performs his amazingly wonderful Yoyo act with colored light projections.
Keith Nelson catches all six spoons and keeps all 6 plates spinning!
Alisa Mae performs a ‘satirical’ aerial act with rolls of toilet paper.
Host Keith introduces the last act. The Kalvan Family!
The Kalvan Family had all the right moves and everyone had great skills!
The online Virtual curtain call for all the performers from the show. (and tech crew!)
Come back next Monday for another great Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition Variety Show!
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Another great night of LIVE entertainment online!
Host Keith Nelson introduces the show and the lineup of talent.
Curtis Carlyle juggled tin cups and was charming and fun.
Nicole Taylor performed a wonderful and classy hula-hoop act.
Shreeyash Palshikar and Princess Zara performed a wonderful magic act together.
Parallel Exit‘s Joel Jeske and Danny Gardner performed a wonderful comedic verbal duo.
Hovey Burgess talked about the early circus amusement elephant and the Elephant Hotel.
Sabrina Chap played two instruments and sang a lovely ‘original’ circus song.
Thom Wall juggles with the most unusual objects and does it with class!
Richard Maguire hand balances and eventually removes his pants while upside down.
Pio Carrada performs a beautiful aerial act with multicolored lighting.
The cast takes their online Curtain Call!
Please consider making a donation so the performers can get paid for their work in this show!
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The beginning of May and the sun is shining and the weather is getting nicer here in New York. May 4th had many great surprises for the viewers!
Host Keith Nelson introduces the show to the viewers.
The Bindlestiff Open Stage is made possible by donations from the viewers like you.
Opening the show was The Great Dubini. (Greg Dubin). He swallowed several razor blades and then regurgitated them on a thread he also ate!
Zander Mowat juggled and balanced many household items amazingly!
Eva Lou Rhinelander juggled, did backbends, walk on a wire, and many other wonderful circus feats.
Michael Rosman painted this Chaplin portrait while it was upside down.
The beautiful and talented Rachel Karabenick performs on the trapeze.
Keith Nelson does so eccentric hat juggling.
Drew Brown performed an extremely delightful cane juggling act.
Gigi (Gina Allison) and the ever so talented dog Zeus did some really nice tricks.
Keith Nelson attempted the sideshow stunt Kendama-Blockhead once more!
David Cain performed numerous juggling stunts.
Make sure to visit the Dixon Place DP TV shows going on daily!
Make sure you donate to the Bindlestiff Open Stage to keep it happening!
Would you like to perform at the Open Stage? Email: Keith@bindlestiff.org
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In 2014 American Circus Awards were created by Circus Now and The Big Apple Circus to spotlight particular achievements in the circus arts, while drawing attention to the creativity, diversity, and public relevance of circus to American cultural expression. Honorees are nominated by the Celebration Planning Committee and voted on by a select panel composed of various leaders in the circus arts sector.
Community Impact Award – Cirkus Smirkus
This award is given annually to a circus artist or organization that has succecced in harnessing and demonstrating the power of circus arts for community engagement and social good, and in bringing diverse audiences together through quality programming.
Elevating Circus Award – Dominique Jando
This award is given annually to an individual or an organization who has made a lasting contribution to increasing public awareness about the beauty, artistry, creative potential of the circus arts through their body of work, with particular attention paid to interdisciplinary collaboration or expression.
Evolving Circus Award – Bill Irwin
This award is given annually to an individual whose personal and/or professional contributions have made a significant and permanent impact on the circus field in America, with specific consideration of how the recipient’s work has influenced the perception of the circus arts by the American public and the arts and entertainment industry.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Hovey Burgess
This award is given to an individual artist, troupe, or company whose overall contributions to the field and community are substantial, undeniable and significant.
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Big Apple Circus Artistic Director Guillaume Dufresnoy makes Opening Remarks about Circus in America.
Thom Wall entertained the crowd as he MC’d the show.
Author of “Ordinary Acrobat’ Duncan Wall presents the Elevating Circus Award.
Dominique Jando received the Elevating Circus Award and talks about how important ‘skill’ is in circus discipline.
David Shiner presents the Evolving Circus Award.
NEA Heritage Fellowship Award winner Dolly Jacobs presents the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hovey Burgess was wheeled in (having incurred a fall a few days ago) to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Big Apple Circus’ “The Grand Tour’ performer Serge Akimov performs the aerial straps.
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Celebration Planning Committee
Mary Jane Brock (Chair)
Jonathan Cerullo (Director)
Adam Woolley (Managing Director, Circus Now)
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Upcoming performances by Circus Now at Skirball Center.
Big Apple Circus’ The Grand Tour show at Lincoln Center.
The Celebration of American Circus was directed by Jonathan S. Cerullo
Tickets still Available for Celebration of American Circus here!