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27 September 2006 @ 01:18 pm
When I Grow Up
Presented by Trick Circus
Youth-run Circus

ten young acrobats- skilled up, toned up and growing up- grapple with their future in a high energy circus extravaganza. What will YOU be when you grow up?

Delve into a dynamic world of mad scientists, secret agents and ... checkout chicks? Tumbling, table-sliding, contortion and more, are used to energetically explore the pain, excitement, terror and downright insanity of coming of age in the 'noughties'.

in response to a world of great expectations, this dynamic troupe talks back!

"..refreshing and at the cutting edge of physical theatre. " Tony Rook, National Circus Festival

27 September 2006 @ 01:08 pm

Throw Down, an independent circus collective, presents their new show Caravan. Life in a suitcase… a group of quirky characters cross paths. Combining high-energy circus skill, humour, heartbreak, eccentricity and danger, Caravan is a fresh look at facing one’s deepest desires.

“Not a show to be missed under any circumstances, Throw Down truly deserves an A+ in entertainment” - Kat McCarthy, 2004 Adelaide Fringe.

Performers Annabel Carberry, Pippa Coram, Adie Delaney, Daniel Rabin, Kyle Raftery and Luke Taylor
Director Ben Lewis

check this out!
24 July 2006 @ 02:36 pm
Hey Homies,
Your friendly neighbourhood Pin Cushion here to tell you all about a helluva
show this Thursday July 27 at The Cadillac Lounge
(1296 Queen Street West, at Dufferin. http://www.cadillaclounge.com/).
Tickets are available at the door for a measley 8 dollars!

This is the FINAL Witch Toe variety night, and I promise you all it will be
a dousey!
The evening features...
Mysterion, Doctor of Mentalism.
Myself, Kayla Pin Lynn
Skin Tight Outta Sight's Anastasia and Tanya Cheex
Miss Mitsy Cream
Illusionist Dave Curran
Penny Whistleton
The Saucy Tarts
and the one, the only,
The Von Drats!!!

All this for only 8 bucks!
Doors are at 9 and the show is at 9:30.
Bring your friends, bring your mom. Come and celebrate thursday with us!!!
http://www.mysterionthemindreader.com for more info

See you all there,
Kayla Pin Lynn
Ragdoll & Andy
The Art of Kissing: 101

What Time is it, Mr. Fox?

The Abbey Lounge
Tuesday, July 25th

*7pm Sharp*
(so bring your friends!!!)

*Plus a special surprise act at the end that you won't want to miss!

Clown duo Ragdoll & Andy bring you "The Art of Kissing: 101", a tale of young Andy's first attempt at romance (with a doll?) or is it all in his head?
See the hilarity that ensues when Andy can't find a partner to practice his kissing technique with.
11 July 2006 @ 12:33 pm
Hi, first of all apologies for any cross-posting that may occur.

By way of an introduction my name is Sean Boon. A hampshire based entertainer.
The entertainment I provide is what I like to term 'mind magic', some people call it mindreading others psychological illusions.Mixed with some gambling scams and sideshow stunts including fire breathing and regurgitation.

I make no claims to be psychic, I use existing scientific principles, psychology, magic, suggestion and showmanship to achieve the illusion of sixth sense abilities.

Previous clients that have hired me to display my talents either in public or private functions include, BMW, Marks & Spencer, Southampton University,Permabond among many others.

Other interests include supporting the live music scene, local history, the gothic culture and it's sub-genres.

I'm anticipating a warm welcome and look forward to updating you all on forthcoming events.
If you are interested in booking me, then please take a look at my website for more information and do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks Sean Boon

09 July 2006 @ 11:54 pm
An evening of performances in progress...

with Clown Duo,

RAGDOLL & ANDYCollapse )
29 June 2006 @ 11:39 am
Hey there.
Somebody made a post a few days ago about wanting to work as a living statue, and a couple of people expressed an interest in hearing some stories about working as a professional living statue.
I've been statuing for about 2 years freelance, this year I finally got representation through a circus and have been getting regular steady gigs, so I've been on the sidewalk less and less lately, but I still go out, especially during street festivals.

In the advice area, here are some tips to first-time performers:


1. Always be aware of your surroundings. Sounds easy and a given, but it's extremely important to be aware 360 degrees, what is going on and with whom. Always be wary of people gliding past on bikes or skateboards, as they can make off with your earnings. (It happens to everyone at least once, but do your best to minimze any occurances)

2. Change over your earnings every so often. I usually keep track of what I'm making, and at a specific mark I'll note to change over the change. I usually wait until there's nobody around and I keep a little canvas bag under my soapbox, which I fill with the change and put back under, that way it can't be stolen.

3. I wouldn't recommend performing in a character that inhibits too much movement or eyesight, unless you're part of a larger installation, or you're very comfortable with your surroundings.

Props, Performance, Etiquette

1. Don't use a milkcrate as your pedestal if you're serious about statuing. Milkcrates are great for like, the odd 2 hour gig, but if you're planning on statuing for 4 hours +, and regularly, then you want something more solid. Milkcrates tend to sag and cause back problems. I made myself a very easy soapbox out of plywood, it's not too much heavier, and very easy to assemble if you've got some woodworking knowledge. You can contact film unions about where to purchase appleboxes, which are also good for statuing on. I don't like them because they're solid, and I prefer having a hollow box to stash my clothes and personal items, when I'm working on the street.

2. Street theatre, even though it's lax, still requires etiquette. When I'm performing in a new area, I scout out the location, make sure that nobody is on the corner I'm spying. It's very rude to take somebody else' corner, and I've seen (and been involved in) altercations over 'territory'. It can get messy. I also like to make friends with the people in the nearest shop, or hotdog stand. It's good to have somebody watching out for you, and a place to change. It's actually very good to make friends with the manager of a shop that has a bathroom for you to use. What I usually do is approach them, telling them I'm a street performer, I'll be performing x amount of days at x time, and is it possible for me to use their bathroom for makeup? Usually shop owners are cool about these things.

3. If you're doing something that's interactive and handing out something, keep in mind you could get into trouble for littering if your crowd rejects your flowers, or tickets, or whatever (technically, although most police officers are cool with peformance artists doing their thing).

4. Even though it's out on the street, it's good for a performer to have a set idea of how their performance will 'run'. For example, I like to get out before crowds start to form on the street, and I leave when the crowds die down. The last thing you want to do is ruin the 'magic' by showing up when the street is already bustling. I also like to show up to the street and my designated performance space fully dressed and in character. It helps keep the mystery, and it makes the performance look more professional. ;)

Anywhoo.. that's about all I can think of right now.
Here's a pic I found floating around the 'net from the Gay Pride Parade last weekend. The same character I was doing when I was chokeholding the guy trying to steal my alms last week!
the Angel of Good FortuneCollapse )
Hope this was helpful to anybody!
24 June 2006 @ 02:08 pm
I want to pose as some sort of living statue in the Providence area. Does anyone know anything as far as licenses go in the area?

Also, any previous tips/experience in that sort of performance?
Current Music: Song for Myla Goldberg - The Decemberists
17 June 2006 @ 04:15 pm
I kind of want to start a community that's circus-based that's not so much for discussing.. circus techniques, but circuses themselves, and like.. rating them and reporting on which ones are good and which ones aren't and the like... but I definitely don't know enough different circuses to get this up and on its feet by myself.. Anyone out there interested in.. co-maintaining (or whatever) it with me?