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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – April 6, 2020

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has a long history and it is their ‘fortitude’ that has kept them going all these years. This is especially true during these times of ‘pandemic’ and ‘shut-in’ life. To continue the over 10-year-old tradition of the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show they had to come to terms with a new ‘venue’ to present their show. The internet! (Previously presented in the wonderful Dixon Place venue) So here are highlights from the 1st (of many to come) Bindlestiff Quarantine Edition! (please excuse the image quality as they have been screen grabs of the video!)

Bindlestiff co-founder Keith Nelson hosts the new ‘Quarantine Edition’ of the Variety Show

Magic Mike performs his classic color changing coloring book.

Hat juggling was featured by Kathyrn Carr

A surreal clown routine was delightful from Benjamin Domask-Ruh

Michael Rosman brought an exciting highwire act with fire and his two dogs to the backyard stage he created.

Butch and Buttercup showed off their delightful acrobatic skills.

Marcia Curran helped clean up the ‘virtual stage’ from a past mess at Dixon Place.

Nelson Lugo showed us his magical skills with the ‘shell game’ routine.

Keith uses his bullwhip to cut the cigarette from the audience volunteer’s mouth.

TruDee dances with her enchanted ‘colored ribbon’ for the show.

Brad Shur and his puppet dance on the wire.

Bruce and Matthew Lish create some comical havoc trying to perform a balloon stunt.

Zeroboy creates a ‘sound effect’ world with his voice acrobatic talent.

Keith Nelson performs the classic ‘sideshow’ sword swallowing act.

Miss Ekaterina encourages the viewers to dig a ‘foxhole’ to stay safe. Like her favorite animal.

Nigel Blackstorm performs the classic ‘linking rings’ to heavy metal music.

Keith encourages performers to consider performing on the ‘weekly’ Open Stage show. By contacting him you can arrange to be one of the performers on upcoming editions.

Ellia Bisker explains to the viewers that their help is needed to continue producing the show weekly. Here are a few methods for making ‘tax-deductible’ contributions.

Kyla performs a beautiful aerial on the rope with grace and finesse.

In the final minutes of the show Keith THANKS all the folks that made it possible to broadcast the 1st Quarantine Edition of The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show.

Stay tuned for the NEXT WEEKS show.

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus @ Brooklyn Lyceum – March 13 – 16th

The legendary Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret returns to Brooklyn from March 13 – 16 at the Brooklyn Lyceum! For 20 years, Bindlestiff’s New York City Cabaret season has been an alternative New York favorite providing a stage for the world’s best in circus, sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque, and variety.

Over 400 circus and variety arts stars have appeared in the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret since its inception by Brooklynites Stephanie Monseau and Keith Nelson two decades ago, featuring aerial performances, fire eating, funambulism, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, sideshow stunts, oddball novelty turns and much more. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where audiences may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, artists made known by America’s Got Talent, and even local legends all on stage together in the same incredible show.

In keeping with Bindlestiff’s underground New York City roots, the audience is encouraged to participate in the glamour of the evening by dressing the part. Those in costume or circus makeup can ask for a discounted ticket at the door. Perhaps you’ve got some top boots and a tailcoat in the closet? Or a corset and tutu you’ve been dying to wear? A cotton-candy-floss wig and sparkly eyelashes? There’s no better time to dig them out, put them on, and be part of the spectacle!

The New York Times said the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret is, “old-fashioned variety entertainment of the sort Ed Sullivan so astutely scooped up, but with twists.”

Tanya Solomon does some sideshow 'talking' .Tanya Solomon does some ‘talking’ inviting attendees to see the sideshow.

Stephanie Monseu performs as the Ring Mistress for the show.Ringmistress Philomena moves the show along as well as perform herself.

Kinko the Clown entertained the audience with some music on the 'squeezebox' accordion.Kinko the Clown entertained the audience with some music on the ‘squeezebox’ accordion.

Sabrina Chap provided a wonderful evening of music.Sabrina Chap provided a wonderful evening of music.

Adam Kuchler performs the Cigar Box ManipulationAdam Kuchler performs the Cigar Box Manipulation

Cardone amazes the audience with his magic.Cardone amazes the audience with his magic.

Cyr Wheel performer was amazing.German Wheel performer Chris Delgado was amazing!

Keith Nelson performs a 'sword swallow'.Mr. Pennygaff (Keith Nelson) performs a ‘sword swallow’.

Ekat Miss Ekaterina performing on the silk.Ekat Miss Ekaterina performing on the silk.

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Get your tickets now for the Cirkus!

FOR TICKETS: brooklynlyceum.wazala.com
More information: 1-877-BINDLES or bindlestiff.org
WHEN: March 13-16
WHERE: Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

ADULTS ONLY SHOW (18+): 8:00 pm on March 13, 14, 15, 16
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 at the door / $10 discount for clowns in make-up (walk-up only)
FAMILY MATINEES (all ages): 3:00 pm on March 15 and 16
Tickets: $12 or 4 tickets for $40