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Michael Bongar – In a Class by Himself

Michael Bongar was the featured performer at the November 2009 NY Downtown Clown Revue. Coming from a theatre background but being enticed by the circus, Michael tells us about his move from theatre to clown and what things he thinks are important to the discipline of the clown.

Michael Bongar sheds his three-piece suit for this wild excerpt from his one-man show MAGIC MIKE. A wonderful mockery of mediocre magic and the people that perform it.

And here is a wonderful video Michael used to promote his business BongarBiz.

Many of New York’s finest variety performers are hired by Michael Bongar (BongarBiz) for any number of different kinds of shows/events. He really deserves a lot of credit for featuring many acts in many jobs for quite a few years!

My hat goes off to Michael – Thanks for helping keep the variety-arts and clown community alive!

And here is where you can reach Michael to hire ‘Magic Mike’ or any talent! 

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – Feb. 2018 @Dixon Place

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Another great night of Variety arts at Dixon Place! We had such a wonderful time. The evening’s performances included many magicians and jugglers. Here are the photographs and a few videos from the event! Come next month and enjoy NY’s best show for variety arts.

Bindlestiff Open Stage Hosted by Keith Nelson

Keith opened the show will a wonderful lasso act. (with Cowboy hat!)

Jean-Tae Francis performed a charming ‘diablo’ act.

Torkova took the stage and a few very magical things including restoring a $20 into 2-$10’s.

Handbalance and acrobatics was Bethany Shao’s specialty.

Bobby Hedglin-Taylor entertained the crowd with some very amusing character voices.

Aron Long performed a wonderful ‘Cyr’ wheel act.

The Great Dubini (Greg Dubin) performed some great magic using cards and a volunteer.

Host Keith Nelson performed a stunt where he caught an apple with a fork in it on a board.

Celebrated juggling author/teach Hovey Burgess made an appearance in a bear costume and did some foot juggling with assistant Miss Lixx.

Before Hovey removed his costume Miss Lixx fondled his fur.

Hovey Burgess performing a ‘foot juggling’ routine while in a bear costume.

Paris ‘the hip-hop juggler’ did nice a routine juggling basketballs.

Darren Yong did some lovely magic stunts involving a few audience members.Cleo Carol Knopf danced with silks flourishing beautifully in the space.

Marcela Duarte and Luisa performed a lovely aerial duet with silks.

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Hovey Burgess and Lil’ Miss Lixx performing the TIGER act.

Paris – The Hip-Hop Juggler uses the basketball as his juggling prop. Awesome!

Bobby Hedglin-Taylor trying out some new material.

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“The Wild Party’s Over” – at The Tank – Jennifer Harder and the 3 Gentleman

THE WILD PARTY’S OVER

Directed by Chris Rozzi, Produced by Jennifer Harder

Program made possible, in part, by support from The Tank, Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Opening Scene – (Left to Right – Mr. Black – Charley Layton, Queenie – Jennifer Harder, Jackie – Natti Vogel and Burrs –  Stephen Heskett)

Jackie (Natti Vogel)  introduces Queenie (Jennifer Harder) to the audience.

Queenie and her two escorts.

Queenie on her knees in front of Burrs (Stephen Heskett)

Jackie steps out in front of the ‘shadow show’ of other activity in the show while Mr. Black (Charley Layton) plays in the foreground.

Mr. Black (Charley Layton) plays solemnly while the show goes on.

Burrs reading and playing tambourine while Jackie is on keyboards and Mr. Black play guitar.

Queenie looks on as Burrs reads the newspaper.

With eyes closed, Jackie smirks at the events going on.

Jackie consoles Burrs while he is drinking.

Burrs and Queenie laugh it up while drinking.

Queenie sings her heart out.

 Mr. Black dances up a storm with Queenie.

Cast (left to right) Charley Layton, Jennifer Harder, Stephen Heskett and Natti Vogel applaud director Chris Rozzi.

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For written description on this project check out Trav SD’s blog post HERE!

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VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH DAVE DROXLER AND MARCUS STEVENS – “WALKEN ON SUNSHINE”

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“TARGET GOLDEBERG” AT 2016 FRINGENYC

GENE WILDER AND ROBERT OSBORNE INTERVIEW – JUNE 2013

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 Grandma and Bello at Big Apple Circus

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Capturing Clowns – Dance Magazine article April 1983

Not to get reminiscent about the past but here is an article published in Dance Magazine in April 1983.

Titled “Capturing Clowns”.  Featuring my photographs of performing artists.

Dance Magazine April 1983

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Most of my work at the time was done in studios since I was working a ‘night shift’ job at a photo lab and had access to rental studios.

The first picture above is a studio photograph of MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ award winner Michael Moschen. Juggler/Inventor/director.

Second is ventriloquist/actor David Strassman taken with his friend ‘Chuck Wood’. David has created some brilliant videos and inventions in the ventriloquist genre.

The third picture is one of the first photographs taken of Big Apple Circus founders Paul Binder and Michael Christensen upon their return to New York from traveling thru European circus juggling as a duo.

Portrait photographer Gordon Munro took the photograph of me with the flower.

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