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Something Ridiculous

Something Ridiculous
is a high-energy juggling and acrobatic act performed by slapstick stuntmen Mark Wilder and VonJon.  Juggling almost anything they can get their hands on, the comic duo climbs up a free-standing ladder, onto a ten-foot-tall unicycle, or on top of each other’s shoulders…in a wildly entertaining & dynamic show.


Justin Therrien (a.k.a. “Justin Credible”) is an entertainer from Bellingham WA.  With his unique blend of mesmerizing movement and skill-based manipulation, he challenges the audience's perception of what is real and what is illusion.  Among his repertoire of talents are a blend of traditional circus skills, such as hat manipulation, juggling, and unicycling.  He is also adept at old sideshow stunts, such as sword swallowing, fire breathing, and threading string though his nose and out his mouth (which he held a Guinness World Record for).  His various abilities have given him the opportunity to perform on many different stages all over the world, ranging from small intimate theaters to giant festivals… and from dinner theaters to opera houses.

Matt Hall


Matt Hall began his juggling career at the tender age of 27, after he purchased Charlie Dancey's Encyclopedia of Ball Juggling and vowed to learn every trick in the book. 

Known as the “Juggle Sensei,” he has garnered several awards, including the Internationa
l Jugglers’ Association Individuals Silver medal, the IJA Peoples’ Choice Award, and the 2005 IJA Individual Prop Champion.  He has performed, taught workshops, and emceed in places like Scotland, England, Australia, Israel, Canada, The Netherlands, and Denmark. In 2008, he performed on the Open Stage and again hosted the final Open Stage show at the European Juggling Convention in Karlsruhe, Germany (the largest gathering of jugglers in history at the time). Matt has performed and emceed at the 2009 Montreal Juggling Festival, the 2009 Melbourne Juggling Convention, the 2011 Turbo Juggling Festival I in Quebec, the 2011 British Juggling Convention (an extremely rare third invitation), the 18th Israeli Juggling Convention (an unprecedented second invitation), the Barullo Circus & Juggling Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico, the 2012 Auckland Circus Convention, and most recently the 2015 Newcastle Juggling Festival in Australia. 

Additionally, Matt has served as a consultant to “The Passing Zone” in designing a new cigar box routine, gone on tour with Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” show as a paid instructor, and was awarded the 2011 IJA Bobby May Award.

For videos, pictures, and resume, please visit Matt's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jjugglesensei or

his website at:  jugglesensei.net


Cindy Marvell


Cindy Marvell
began performing as a juggler at age 13.  As a teenager, she attended the “Antic Arts Academy” with Berky, Garbo and Moschen.  She graduated from Oberlin College with honors in 1988.  The following year, she became the first woman to win the International Juggling Associations’ Championship.  Bouncing Back, she participated at the Dance Theater Workshop, Ladyfingers at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Young People's Concerts at Avery Fisher HallSesame Street, and the N.Y. Renaissance Festival From 1991-1992, she toured with San Francisco’s “Pickle Family Circus.”  In 1994, she toured internationally with “Lazer Vaudeville.”  She is co-founder of “Boulder Circus Center,” co-producer of the film “Trailblazers: Women Who Juggle,” co-author of the book “Shadow Princess: An Indonesian Story,” and Theo’s Mom.  She also performed twice with “Freedom Family Circus” at Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland.


Curt Carlyle


Curtis Carlyle was born in 1980 in a lighthouse in Rhode Island. His father was a United States Coast Guard engineer and his mother was a championship rodeo horsewoman. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, his uncommon family instilled in Curtis a sense of possibility and discipline; a belief that anything can be mastered with practice; a recognition of the importance of joy in work.

However, as a natural redhead, Curt’s path was altered by his delicate complexion and coke-bottle glasses. Throughout his early years, Curt learned to survive the schoolyard with a quick wit and charming personality. These traits were a constant as his family moved across the country, as his father was transferred from port to port. As he grew older, Curt discovered the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and was immediately taken by the TV personality’s presence and kindness on the program.

Curt’s journey as variety artist took off when the Coast Guard transferred his father’s post to Portland, Oregon – home of the Reed College juggling club. Under the tutelage of juggling greats Rhys Thomas, David Lichtenstein, and Charlie Brown, Curt quickly learned the performance trade and began shaping his infectious personality for the stage.

While his early shows took place in coffee shops and street corners along the Pacific Northwest, his resume now includes performances for a dozen Fortune 500 companies, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the New Victory Theatre on Broadway in New York City, as well as colleges and universities across North America.

Curtis also holds a Guinness world record for the yoyo, has won a bronze medal at the International Jugglers’ Association stage championships, and has shared the stage with entertainment titans like the Beastie Boys, Peter Sagal, and Second City Improv – just to name a few.

Curt’s new school comedy juggling performances range from five to ninety-five minutes long, and highlight Curt’s mastery of balance, timing, and peculiar combination tricks. He is also recognized as a talented emcee and comedy writer, and often consults with variety acts across the planet.

When he’s not traveling with his show, Curt lives in Portland, Oregon with two acrobats and a grey cat named Houdini. He believes that life is about sharing experiences with others, that the world can be a better place through laughter, and that nothing beats warm socks fresh out of the dryer on a rainy day.

Jennifer Deacon

Jennifer Deacon has been dancing and performing since the age of 2 years old.  She has years of background in ballet, jazz, modern, tumbling, yoga, contortion and aerial fabric.  She has taught yoga, tumbling, and contortion to people of all ages.  Currently, she is Head Aerial Teacher at “California Dance Company.”  She has performed locally for private events, parties, and festivals… including being an ongoing performer with “Redding Fire Festival.”  Because she thinks “Humboldt Juggling Festival” is “really fun and totally awesome,” she is returning to perform in 2016.


Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly
is a 21-year old poi juggler from Eugene, Oregon.  He manages his business, “Techris…Things On Strings,” and also is the head coordinator of "The Prop Gathering" in Oregon.  This is his 3rd HJF.  HJF was his first juggling festival and was also where he first juggled 3-poi on stage.  He will be debuting his new stage act this weekend.

Bri Crabtree

Bri is one smart cookie and holds a degree in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from UC Davis. She has been juggling for over 10 years and it has taken her all over the world. Bri has been a children's entertainer for over 3 years in the Bay Area. Bri has performed at birthday parties, schools, parades, festivals, auctions, fundraisers, and corporate events. She enjoys wildlife, making juggling routines, working with kids, traveling, and making wind-up toys.
Check out her BriBot wind up toy blog at www.bribot.wordpress.com!

Gravity ceases to exist, the “laws” of motion become mere “suggestions,” and the crowd is transported into a world of recaptured wonder with San Francisco performing artist Bri Crabtree. Combining elements of juggling, clown, dance, physical theater and illusion, Bri not only evokes magical experiences and characters—she tosses, twists and spins into being a whole new universe, where curiosity prevails and logic is upside down.

Eccentric behavior is her forte, comedy is her gift, and the stage is her dreamscape. Bri Crabtree is the “goddess of gravity,” and you won’t want to miss the world she weaves out of balls and ropes, parasols and hats, applause and disbelief.

Eli Marsh

Eli March is a professional juggler based out of Portland Oregon.  Known for his fluid style, originality, and clean execution, he has become a highly regarded teacher and performer at Juggling and Flow Festivals up and down the West Coast.  His past troupe, “Poetic Motion Machine,” won the silver medal in 2010 for Teams at the “International Juggling Competition.”   He produces and directs the theatrical LED and Black-light phenomenon known as “Circus Luminescence.”  You can follow him on Facebook, on Instagram as Elijuggles, and on the website:  www.circusl.com    



Josie Niine

Josie Niine is a contemporary Circus Performer, a nomadic flow artist, juggler, bilingual arts educator, and prop manipulator specializing in club juggling.  Her love of object manipulation began as a way to sustain her travels in South America and has now evolved into an insatiable passion to share, teach, learn, and perform.  Josie has performed around the world at corporate events, music festivals, and private parties in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peru, & Canada.

For more information visit 


Jeremiah Johnston
Blar-tastic Juggler

Jeremiah Johnston first learned to juggle when he was 12. After learning several tricks to impress his friends and family, he promptly retired. Years later, while studying for his BA in Interdisciplinary Dance Studies at Humboldt State University, Jeremiah rediscovered the juggling arts. Upon realizing his career was far from over, he began performing in 2006 with the Humboldt Circus. While completing his studies, he was awarded his first bronze medal for team juggling at the International Jugglers' Association's team competitions with the juggling troupe “The Poetic Motion Machine." In 2013, he returned for his second medal with the juggling trio “Mountain Motion.”  Jeremiah was President of the Humboldt Juggling Society for 3 years, is a certified Firewalking instructor, and currently a Director of the California Juggling and Flow Arts Festival, “FireDrums.”  He currently resides in Oakland, California where he is developing his juggling hub, “The Throw Zone.”

Holly Johnston

Holly Johnston (a.k.a. “Holly Blar”) of the “Blar Family” has been an enthusiastic slave to the circus arts since the age of fourteen when she learned to juggle.  Since then she has performed at the International Juggling Association Festival and was given the “Flamingo Award” for the most inspirational young female juggler.  She has travelled to several countries, including:  as a part of the “Practavistas” study abroad program in the Dominican Republic in 2013, and most recently to Ireland for the European Juggling Convention in 2014 and to Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where she performed as a part of the Freedom Family Circus. Her motto is:  “The Weirdness Shall Continue Until Morale Improves -and then it will continue anyway.”  She prides herself on doing the most authentic impersonation of “free bird” that Humboldt County has ever seen - done as a scarlet macaw.  In 2003, she graduated from Humboldt State and the “Humboldt! Circus!” with a degree in Environmental Science.  She is currently learning to be a cowgirl for a musical near her hometown of Murphys.  Holly is thrilled to be back onstage at her favorite juggling festival.  Yeehaw!


Describe Cornelius in one word?  Super-Rainbow-Circus-Wizard-With-A-Magic-Ball.  The Humboldt Circus' very own Contact Juggling Wonderboy, ready for action!

AOK Clown & Wizard of Play

 A variety of acts to amaze, creative play becomes a craze.
Unicycles and Juggle Pins, Torches, Machetes too.
A. O'Kay Juggling Clown & Wizard of Play!

Bede and Denise Steenblock-Smith, are Circus Nature Wizards of Play.  A’Okay Clown & Nani Nature guide transformative plays to enact the cycles of nature.  They lead educational programs and recreational activities, restore the forest upon their homestead, and have been raising three children to become vibrant young adults.  In addition to performing at many Festivals and Birthday Parties, they have performed at EVERY “HJF.”  Please join in their act to create an amusing and informative show for all ages and abilities.