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.
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.
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.
the “Juggle Sensei,” he has garnered several awards, including the
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.
videos, pictures, and resume, please visit Matt's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jjugglesensei or
his website at:
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
Ladyfingers at Lincoln
Young People's Concerts at Avery
Fisher Hall, Sesame
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Check out her BriBot wind up toy blog at
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
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.
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
You can follow him on Facebook, on Instagram as Elijuggles, and on the
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 www.josieniine.com
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.”
(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!
in one word? Super-Rainbow-Circus-Wizard-With-A-Magic-Ball. The Humboldt
Circus' very own Contact Juggling Wonderboy, ready for action!
& 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.