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Hovey Burgess 75th Birthday Spectacular at Dixon Place – A Celebration!


Hovey Burgess speaks at the Opening of his Birthday Celebration.

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Cover of Souvenir Program

List of Acts performing at Spectacular Birthday Party

Phil Marsh, Jen Slaw, Kristin Olness, Dick Monday, Carla Rhodes, Zero Boy, Valerie Benoit, Trixie Little, Boo Boo Darlin, Michael Davis, Tara Quinn, Pinkie Special, Keith Nelson, Michelle Dortignac, Tanya Gagne, Lil’ Miss Lixx, Logan Kerr.

See Full Program here!

 2015.09.07_HoveyB.196Hovey opened the show with a nice talk. (see  video above)

Stephanie Monseu host the evening’s festivities.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.224Phil Marsh led the show off with a great rendition of Country Joe McDonald’s song. (see video)

2015.09.07_HoveyB.240Jen Slaw performed a beautiful cigar box and ball routine.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.342Kristin Olness performed an exquisite aerial hoop act.

Dick Monday played the saw and touched the audience’s funny bone in his unique way.

Carla Rhones and Cecil Sinclair tore up the house with the ‘Donald Trump’ impersonation.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.447-2Zero Boy performed a hysterical ‘Road Runner’ cartoon with his vocal sound fx and physical comedy.

Valerie Benoit and Tristan Nielsen performed a lyrical acrobatic act that was amazing.

Trixie Little and Boo Boo Darlin were the B’day cake surprises for Hovey.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.519Hovey looks on as Trixie and Boo Boo get ready to ‘bake the cake’ for Hovey.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.532The brilliant comedian Michael Davis was hilarious.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.545He explained to the audience that he wanted to do his ‘pingpongball’ act but Hovey insisted on juggling.

Michael Davis at Dixon PlaceMichael Davis’ finale was  juggling a machete, meat cleaver and hachet.

Tara Quinn at Dixon PlaceTara Quinn performed an amazing physical balance/contortion act.

Pinkie Special performed her hysterically physical ‘twirler’ act.

Keith Nelson at Dixon PlaceKeith Nelson introduces the audience to the sword and how deep it goes.

Keith NelsonKeith Nelson swallows the sword for the audience.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.791An aerial trio was performed by Michelle Dortignac(Left), Kris Olness (Top) and Tanya Gagne. (Left)

Hovey Burgess throws a ‘kiss’ to the audience as Paul Binder (left) and Stephanie Monseu stand nearby.

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Hovey Burgess 75th Birthday Spectacular – Official Program – Performer Bios

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This event was produced by Bindlestiff  Family Variety Arts, Inc.

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Hovey Burgess Birthday Show presented by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Dixon Place

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 11.19.55 PMCelebrating Hovey Burgess 75th Birthday

Great show and great cause! Proceeds from the evening’s show are being donated to Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.

A Night of Circus, Sideshow and Burlesque

Hovey Burgess (juggling legend, circus historian, NYU professor, chairman of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus board of directors…) is celebrating his 75th Birthday by creating a show that he wants to see. Join him for a night of entertainment.

The evening is hosted by Bindlestiff co-founder Stephanie Monseu. The line-up features an all-star cast including Kristin Olness, Boo Boo Darlin , Trixie Little
Pinkie Special, Jen Slaw, Michael Davis, Phil Marsh, Carla Rhodes, Tara Quinn, Keith Nelson, and many surprises.

Hovey asks that you do not bring him presents, instead, he requests that you contribute to Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts.

The evening is a fundraising event for Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.

In case you aren’t familiar with Hovey Burgess here is an interview I did with him several years ago. 

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 11.30.17 PMClick here to watch Part 1 interview

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 11.32.10 PMClick here for Part 2 of the interview

Hope you can make it! Sure to be a magnificent night of talent!

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

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“Juggle This” Show Spectacular @ Miller Theater – June 7th, 2014

Juggle This is here for the 12th Season. A Festival  weekend of juggling fanatics who enjoy sharing, watching and taking workshops.

The weekend culminates with this SHOW SPECTACULAR that I documented at the Miller Theater at Columbia University campus.

The host for the evenings festivities was comedy juggler and Ringling Bros Clown College graduate MICHAEL DAVIS.

Michael Davis performing at Juggle This Show Spectacular.Michael Davis is a professional with experience on Broadway, The White House. TV and is delightfully funny.

The show had an international lineup. The next act was Erik Aberg from Stockholm, Sweden.

Erik Aberg from Stockholm, Swedan performing at Juggle ThisErik Aberg lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. His work in juggling is focused on historical research, researching new techniques and new props.

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Jacob D'Eustachio performing at Juggle This.Jacob D’Eustachio is a graduate of the prestigious Ecole de Cirque de Quebec as was the first person to apprentice with Kris Kremo.

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2014.06.07__Juggle_468Matthew Greenfield and Susan Voyticky perform a beautiful duet that shares gymnastics, dance.

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Isaac Rockafellow performing at Juggle This.Isaac Rockafellow arrived in NY last july all the way from Idaho. He has many interest and will be going to study the Ukranian Circus after the fall of the Soviet Union on a Fulbright grant. 

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Imri Rom performing at Juggle ThisImri Rom is a 7 year old diablo phenomena who began his juggling passion at the age of 4.

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Kelsey Strauch performing at Juggle This.Kelsey Strauch is a juggler, acrobat, movement artist, yogi and teacher.

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2014.06.07__Juggle_202-2All thru the show Michael Davis would perform excerpts from his own hysterical one-man act. Here he dons a clown nose!

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Justin Weber performing at Juggle This.Justin Weber picked up his first YoYo during the fad in the 90’s. He quickly got serious, competing in state, regional, national and world level contests. He is amazing!

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Mitch Lustig perforning at Juggle ThisMitch Lustig is a multi-faceted showman specializing in the Cyr-wheel, fire arts and juggling.

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A.J. Silver performing at Juggle This.A. J. Silver performing his amazing rope act. He started his career as a rodeo trick rider.

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2014.06.07__Juggle_632The Curtain Call for 2014 “Juggle This’ Show Spectacular!

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The Juggle This event is produced by Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. with assistance from The Carmine Street Irregulars.

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Michael Davis – comedian/juggler

In 1984 I had made a meeting with Michael Davis, juggler and comedian to do some photographs for a book I was working on at the time.

The session was at his apartment on the Upper West Side of New York City. I shot some personal ‘at home’ shots and then we scheduled

a session at my studio for a ‘professional’ shot.

Michael Davis is a very funny man. His credits go on for pages. Here is a link to his web page which list them all.

Here are the photographs we took at those two separate sessions.

Michael can be very serious when he wants to but on stage he is a master of comedic timing.

His talent also includes playing guitar and juggling ping pong balls with his mouth!

He is also known to have juggled a bowling ball and egg. Here is that spot on Saturday Night Live.

Some Quotes from Michael’s work.

“Mr. Davis is an inspired deadpan comedian.

I was as close as I have ever been to rolling in an aisle with laughter.  Nothing could top him.”

New York Times

“Davis’s act is like a lethal virus- anywhere, anytime, it will kill in a matter of seconds.”

Rolling Stone

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If he is ever appearing in your neighborhood I suggest you see him perform.

Not many performers are as funny and intelligent in their humor not to mention his amazing juggling skills!

Here is a video of Michael Davis on one of his hysterical appearances on Johnny Carson show!