Entries by Thom

Two Months at Sea

This July and August, I performed on board the Celebrity Solstice on the seas between Seattle and Skagway.   Most performers work on ships for a week or two at a time – it was a unique experience, tasting life at sea for two full months. The Solstice is the largest ship in Celebrity’s fleet – […]

Judging Juggling in Guadalajara

This year, the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA) invited me to officiate their regional competition in Mexico.  The IJA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the artform through stage competitions and a variety of other programs.  I have a history with the organization, having served on their Board of Directors, producing their annual Video […]

Two Months with the Rockettes

This March, I was lucky enough to be called by the casting director of Radio City Music Hall’s latest production, the New York Spring Spectacular. They were looking to add some flair to the show, and one of the folks they wanted was a juggler. I fit their needs, so I put some projects on […]

2014 by the Numbers

  Accounting and reflecting are two important year-end activities that small business owners all across the world engage in.  I’m no exception! As I tidied my house this year, sorting through old programs and ticket stubs and finding shards of broken plates all over the place, I thought about the year’s happenings and started gathering data. […]

Act Creation Method #3 – The Pixar Method

This week, I met with Philadelphia juggler, Andrew Scharff, to help him polish some acts.  We retooled  his cigar box and diabolo acts in anticipation for his upcoming contract on Celebrity Cruise’s ship Solstice, where he’s working for the first part of 2015. We worked mostly on pushing and pulling the acts – making them more dynamic in […]

Act Creation Method #2 – The Storybook Method

The “Storybook Method” is a way of devising a longer narrative arc for a routine or stage show.  This is a method that I first used with Gabrielle Sinclair, when we wrote the play “Joan and the Gentleman Juggler: A Wonder-Tale, as told by the Ghost of L. Frank Baum.” Benjamin Domask and I used this method […]

Act Creation Method #1 – The Postcard Method

I first learned about this in a workshop with the show “Button Wagon” by juggler Matt “Poki” McCorkle and contortionist Ember Bria. A “postcard moment” is a static stage picture where something interesting is happening that is nicely composed in a 2-d picture plane.  If you were to take a photo of this moment as […]

Writing “The ‘Dinner and a Show’ Show”

This past Summer, Benjamin Domask and I wrote a comedy / juggling / melodrama about two waiters and a rubber lobster. The shows went very well, we had some nice reviews, and even won a “Best of the Fringe” award! A turn of events meant that we had to write the show remotely. many people […]