Thom Wall is here to tell you what it is and HOW to do it!
JUGGLING – WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO DO IT! by Thom Wall
“I realized that there was no resource that taught contemporary juggling techniques,” Wall says.
“The books that were already available focused on “this old style of juggling performance or juggling training, where you just throw the throw, it does this and then it just works,” he says. “Whereas juggling pedagogy in the past 30 years has completely changed.”
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!)
The Slipper Room is a New York institution. A House of Variety!
The Slipper Room is facing serious financial difficulties.
I did a wonderful interview with producer James Habacker in 2016. I am posting it here for your viewing. In the meantime, I have put a link below the video to the GoFundMe campaign that is currently set up to help them make it back in one piece! Please Help!
So. for starters we are now in ‘Lockdown’ in New York City. The next Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show will be broadcast to you on the internet. I will try and take some screenshots for those folks who won’t be able to watch. Here is last month’s show in pictures!
Bindlestiff’s co-founder and host for the show Keith Nelson takes the first slot in the show for his ‘Chinese yoyo’ routine.
Maks and Chelsea perform their hysterical antics.
In the spirit of vaudeville Keith takes his time winding the string on his top.
Keith gives an example of how ‘folks’ use to have longer attention spans and looks at the top.
Mariko Iwasa invites an audience member to be part of her performance ‘tea’ ceremony.
The volunteer clad in a Japanese kimono and waiting to sample the tea that Mariko is pouring.
Delaney Bayes performed a beautifully lyrical juggling routine with grace and finesse.
Keith threw a potato into the air and caught on a fork. Nice move!
Ellia Klein was amazing in her contortion act.
Mark Gindick came on stage with a ‘singer’ persona but it changed when Michael Bongar intruded.
And then he recruited an audience member that was blown away by Michael Bongar leaf blower!
Molly Siksin performed on the trapeze with skill and abandonment.
Cassandra Nemser was very vocal (she sang Opera) while escaping from her straightjacket.
Miss 360 performed a deLIGHTful hula hoop routine.
Cleo Carol Knopf sang an original song about her ‘hero’ Bernie Sanders!
Jean-Taé S. Francis performed a charming ‘rola-bola’ act.
Surprising the audience with his Spider-Man costume was aerialist Shawn E. Shawn.
~On April 6th, 2020 The Bindlestiff Open Stage Show will be Broadcast on the internet~
I hope you enjoy this new VERSION of the show! Stay tuned for more information.
During my 4 days documenting the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny in New Orleans in early March, I sat down with juggler Thom Wall (who performed at the Festival in the All-Star and Living Legends Show) and he talked about his niche publishing company Modern Vaudeville Press.
My 4 days in New Orleans were very productive. I photographed the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny (all 3 shows) and did several wonderful interviews with performers attending/performing at the Hoot. This interview is with juggler Nathan Wakefield from Michigan. His act was with cigar boxes and clever knot tying with one hand. He is currently researching and writing the definitive book on Sideshow ‘Geek’ acts throughout history. Check out the interview!