COMEDY/VARIETÈ PERFORMERS

These are the artists from the 2018 festival.  Stay tuned for 2019 artists.

Abigail Munn

Abigail is an accomplished and versatile dancer, choreographer, trapeze artist and club passer as well as the executive director of Circus Bella, the San Francisco Bay Area’s one ring circus, and winner...

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Aileen Wilkie

Aileen has been described as one of the most experienced street performers in the world. She’s also been described as gentle and charming as well as amazing and anarchic. Another...

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Alan Plotkin

Alan Plotkin is a member of the Moisture family. He is never on stage but he and his video camera have been welcome audience members for many years now and...

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Amy Engelhardt

AMY ENGELHARDT was the sole female member of Grammy-nominated, Seattle-based vocal quartet The Bobs from 1998-2011, which is when she fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. Amy’s first love...

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Armitage Shanks, The Carny Preacher

Armitage Shanks is the performance “nom de guerre” of David Crellin. He has traveled the world for the past ten years as an international circus and cabaret MC, performer, educator...

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Arthur Migliazza

Award winning Blues and Boogie Woogie pianist Arthur Migliazza began playing the piano professionally at the age of 13. In his 20+ years of performing Arthur has played on some...

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Avery Cherie

Avery joined Circus Juventas in Minnesota in the summer of 2005 at the age of 11, and immediately fell in love with circus performing. As a former soccer player, dancer...

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Avner the Eccentric

Avner Eisenberg was one of a handful of 1970s street performers who took their acts into theaters and, along with the Flying Karamazov Brothers and others, gave birth to the...

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Baby Gramps

According to an article in the special issue City of Music in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is acknowledged as one of the top 50 most influential musicians in the...

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Bill Robison

Bill Robison is a physical comedian. His performances are a synthesis of outlandish comedy, an elastic face, a penchant for the absurd and a reckless sense of abandon. He has...

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Brian Jones

Tap Dancer Brian Jones has been performing since 1975. Known for his Rhode Island dance company (The All-Tap Revue) and his song-and-dance team with Susan Boyce (Jones & Boyce), and...

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Brittany Walsh

Brittany Walsh, a.k.a. AcroBritt, is a world record holder in acrobatic archery and has been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman. She recently had an article published about...

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Bunion Sisters

Sadye and Heidi met for the first time at Bellingham Circus Guild’s My Circus Valentine 2016 and began working together on duo trapeze later that year. The Bunion Sisters have...

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Caela Bailey

Caela Bailey is a born and raised Seattle artist celebrating the release of her first album, ‘The Gospel Of The Gutter Queen’. Caela grew up surrounded by street performers, circus...

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Cassady Rose Bonjo

Cassady Rose Bonjo was born in the beautiful woods of Chester County, Pennsylvania. After ten years of dance and classical ballet education, Rose was introduced to circus arts at age...

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Cate Great!

What can be said about the Cate Great! Show that isn’t in the name? Cate blends high-end circus with unique comedy. You will be charmed by her wit and astounded...

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Charlie Brown

If you catch Charlie Brown off stage and you and he have the time, try to get him to tell you a story of his travels. Some of the experiences...

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Charly Castors

Charly was born in the heart of Paris to the fifth generation of his family in show business. Charly and his brothers Toly and Eddy make up the acrobatic trio...

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Diane Wasnak (Pino)

In her life long career as a physical comedienne, Diane Wasnak toured for ten years as a clown and acrobat with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus. Diane has performed internationally...

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Doc Sprinsock and the SANCApators

Doc Sprinsock and the SANCApators are the fabulously eclectic house band for SANCA, the Seattle circus school. When Fabio Sprinsock was born on a cold, gray Seattle morning, he was...

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Dr. Calamari & Acrophelia

The good but creepy doctor and his cool-skinned lover are remarkably nimble for those who teeter on the brink of life and death. Dr. Loligo Calamari and Acrophelia (A.K.A. Jason...

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Dream & PJ

PJ and Dream have been hoisting each other regularly since 2012. Both passionate about their unique and challenging solo projects, they’ve found it fun and refreshing to combine their complimentary super powers to...

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Duo Rêves

Internationally acclaimed Duo Rêves is the creative collaboration of Quynbi and Eric Esteb, co-creators of whirlwind aerial/shadow show ‘Into the Dreaming’. Bringing dramatic spectacle and glamorous levity to venues near...

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Duo Sapphire

We are delighted to host performances by Duo Sapphire at the 2018 Moisture Festival. Saffi Watson has astounded our audiences for some years now with her contortion and other presentations...

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Dusty Rhodes and her Handsome Cowboy

Do you crave the authentic Western cowpoke experience? The point of view of those who ride the real range and actually work among the herds? Yeah? Why’d you come to...

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eka.boo.button

eka.boo.button is a magical circus weirdo hailing from the far off reaches of the turquoise universe. She lives in a cardboard castle in the clouds of San Francisco where she...

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Faeble Kievman

Faeble Kievman is a clown, circus artist, performance artist, street performer, and all around weirdly wonderful human. He has worked as a stunt actor and with the Big Underwear Social...

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Famiglia Gentile

After 18 years of training and traveling the world teaching, directing, and performing circus Carlo & Orlene are now temporarily semi-long term Seattle residents and Artists-in-Residence at the School of...

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Frank Olivier

Frank Olivier returns for his 10th Year to Moisture Festival. His own show “Twisted Cabaret” plays Hale’s Palladium each year for the month of February. Frank developed his unique offbeat...

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Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra

Originally the Freiberg Philharmonium, the Fremont Philharmonic couldn’t get a gig in town, as everyone in the little Alsatian town was in the band. Neighboring villages suspected with so much...

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Godfrey Daniels

Moisture Festival regulars know Godfrey Daniels as one of our own. We’ve met his family and learned his ways. We’ve come to know what frustrates him and what makes him...

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Hacki & Moeppi

From Germany, the comedy and energy of this father and son clown duo have been a central part of the festival’s original inspiration and a good bit of the imagery...

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Hannah Gorder

Hannah Gorder is a movement artist based out of Seattle, Washington. She specializes in aerial arts, contortion, costumed character and dance. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Three-Dimensional Art...

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Harry Levine

Harry Levine graduated Clark University with a BA in music and in 1984, he founded the satirical theater and musical group called Citizens Band. They toured the West and by...

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Henrik Bothe

Born in Denmark, Henrik Bothe took a turn from the road to becoming an engineer and strayed down the performing lane in 1980. He now engineers clever and unusual ways...

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Hilby … Skinny German Juggling Boy

As a boy growing up in Berlin, young Hilby boasted no traumatic childhood experiences and exhibited no particular talents other than making funny faces at strangers and, as Hilby himself...

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Iman Lizarazu

Iman Lizarazu was born in a small village in the Basque region of France, where her family has lived for over 800 years. ************************************* Iman’s early years were spent in...

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Jason Victor Serinus

Once you hear Jason, you’ll understand why this internationally published classical music and audiophile critic chose his name, Serinus, for the genus of songbirds that includes canaries. In the world...

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Jeff Raz

Jeff Raz has performed internationally for decades, starring in circuses (Cirque du Soleil, Pickle Family Circus, Song Circus), variety (Vaudeville Nouveau) and theaters, including Servant of Two Masters at Berkeley Rep, La Bête at...

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Jenn Bruyer

Jenn has been immersed in aerial arts since 2008. She is driven by her focus on fabric (silks) and sling (hammock) but also enjoys exploring cord lisse, cloud swing, trapeze,...

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Jenny Atomik

Jenny is an aerialist and performer from San Francisco, CA.  She primarily works on corde-lisse, but has also performed on tissu, hammock, and is currently in the process of creating...

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Jeremiah Johnston

He’s one of ours. Jeremiah grew up in California and then in his college years became aware of the performer scene and extended family that centers itself around the Moisture...

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Jim Page

The great Utah Phillips once said: “Jim Page’s songs get right to the point. He looks at the world clearly and reports what he sees with compassion, humor and a...

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Jody Poth

Jody Poth is a native of Seattle, WA, and this is her second year performing at Moisture Festival. Last year she graced the stage with her duo hoop partner, Kirra...

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Joey Pipia

Mind-Bending Wonder. Unforgettable Entertainment. Fast, funny, and amazing, audiences roll with laughter, gasp in stunned surprise, and leave every show feeling elated, inspired, and awed by this magician’s standout performance....

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John Carney

is no ordinary “magician”. His approach is smart, engaging and always surprising. He is widely acknowledged as one of the top sleight of hand magicians in the world with smart,...

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JuggleMania

“Is a children’s festival held when you plant them or when you harvest them?” Rhys Thomas’ JuggleMania show avoids answering this question by constantly shifting focus from prop-play to word-play...

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Karen Willie

So … the 2018 Moisture Festival was already underway by the time we had a chance to really get into what it was this performer would do at the festival....

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Laura Gwendolyn Burch

Laura Gwendolyn Burch is an aerial silk artist.   She has a background in yoga, and has been teaching since 2009. She has been performing circus professionally since 2015.   Her...

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Louie Foxx

Louie Foxx celebrated his interest in childish pursuits even before the birth of his child gave him “… a valid excuse to go to the zoo once a week and...

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Master Payne

Master Payne once again has made the long and arduous journey from the mysterious realm of Wallingford so that he can grace the stage at the Moisture Festival and entertain...

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Matt Baker

Matt Baker is a Guinness World Record holder, was voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic and has performed his comedy stunt show in over 14 different countries. He’s appeared on numerous...

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Matt Hall

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

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Matthew “Poki” McCorkle

Matthew “Poki” McCorkle is a mime and object illusionist specializing in hoop isolations. His solo performance has traveled to Nürnberg Germany (Palazzo Dinner Show), Dubai (Cirque Éloize), The Philippines (Clowns...

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Matthew Laslo

Matthew Laslo is a 17-year-old, rising young star in the magic world and an award-winning magician who performs both close-up and grand illusions that has thrilled audiences worldwide.  He is...

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Max Bromista

Max Bromista has always been funny but just over four years ago he took his sense of humor to the stage and has since then surprised people with his unique...

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Maxim Voronin

Maxim Voronin has grown up backstage. his parents are noted Varieté performers well known to audiences in Russia, on the European continent and in the Americas … especially in San...

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MeeZee

MeeZee is a character actor, chair stacker, clown, roaming/ambient specialist and Bboy (breakdancer). Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, MeeZee performs frequently with a group that describes itself as having...

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Michael Trautman

Michael Trautman began studying mime in 1976, and in 1977 was invited to become a founding member of MIMEWOCK, a Kansas City based school and performing company. He went on...

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Mike Caveney

Mike Caveney has performed professionally for over forty years and each of his original routines is perfectly suited to his dry comedic wit. He is a member of the most...

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Mud Bay Jugglers

Masters of levity is several senses of the term. Mudbay has brought their innovative approach to juggling for over 35 years now. They’ve passed some of their knowledge and experience...

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Mykelle Walton

Mykelle Walton is an aerial artist pushing the boundaries of what the human body can do and combining it with the strength, grace, and artistry of a cirque style aerialist...

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Naked Truth

The Naked Truth show band. Their name? We looked up Naked Truth on the internet and found this story explaining the source of that idiom since the late 1500s: Truth...

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NANDA

The NANDA experience is a high-energy, unrelenting blast of action and excited humor. You will be enraptured by this dynamic show, a tidal wave of acrobatics, dance, juggling and crazy...

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Ngaio Bealum

Starting out as a juggler in San Francisco, and now a well-known traveling entertainer, Ngaio Bealum uses his great storytelling ability, his razor sharp wit and engaging stage presence leave...

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Omri & Paulina

Omri and Paulina are an aerial duo that specialize in duo straps and aerial acts that combine a high level of technicality and strength with emotion, storytelling, and compelling chemistry. They strive not only to amaze and inspire, but also...

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Pam Severns

  Pam Severns is a puppeteer and comedian for stage and screen. She was a producer for PBS on In Their Own Words, a documentary on the life and work of Jim...

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Patrick McGuire

Patrick McGuire grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area but came to the NorthWest sometime around the turn of the century when he was invited to perform at the first...

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Peter Pitofsky

When teaching clown classes Peter Pitofsky advises his students to respond to their childish impulses “No judgment. And don’t be nervous, not around me. There’ll never be a bigger moron...

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PJ Perry

PJ has been multi-disciplinary aerialist since 2008, specializing in corde lisse since 2013. She loves the simplicity of this apparatus and thrives on chasing momentum. She currently lives in Bellingham,...

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Reverend Chumleigh

R. Chumleigh is a New Vaudeville legend who performs throughout the civilized world and in the Dominion of Canada. Comfortable in any persona and historical period, Chumleigh is capable of...

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Ron W. Bailey

There are many people whose hard work and creativity makes the Moisture Festival happen but there is one without whom it wouldn’t have been an option. Ron W. Bailey is...

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Rose-City Acro Devils

The RAD Acrobatic Circus sets its sights on pushing the limits of possibility. Combining Acrobatics, Theatre and Comedy into group performances, RAD provides a unique stage experience that will leave...

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Rubbery Fish

They can dance, they are adorable with a good sense of humor … what could possibly go wrong?

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Saffi Watson

Saffi has performed in a number of family shows at Teatro Zinzanni where she was a featured contortionist, a hoop and fabric aerialist and was shot out of a cannon...

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Sandy

Sandy was one of Moisture Festival’s founding members and she continues to find ways to contribute despite the fact that she moved to Denmark several years back. We are so...

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Simon Neale

Simon Neale- One of the founders of the Festival, gained his sense of humor studying the art of English Music Halls. In his teens working at the Holiday camps, along...

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Snake Suspenderz

Snake Suspenderz, a quartet featuring vocals, ukulele, trombone, guitar, tuba and drums, call their music “cartoon jazz.” They play a relentlessly quirky blend of novelty songs and hits of the...

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Splinter Dance Company

Splinter Dance Company, under the umbrella of ajusticenetwork and the fiscal sponsorship of Shunpike, is composed of a diverse group of professional dancers from Seattle who have come together to...

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Steven Flynn

For over 40 years Steven Flynn has been singing and playing piano rooted in blues, boogie woogie, New Orleans R&B, rock & roll and jazz in barrooms, nightclubs, concerts, and...

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Stevie Coyle

Stevie Coyle’s dear Granny was a pianist in the heyday of vaudeville, his mother played in mandolin orchestras during the 1930s and his father ran a radio station in southern...

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Stoil & Ekaterina

An award-winning magic act from Europe, Stoil & Ekaterina have performed on a number of TV shows, cruise lines, hotels and theaters all over the world. They present a fast-paced,...

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Swami Beyondananda

Swami Beyondananda is the cosmic comic alter ego of writer, humorist, performer and uncommontator Steve Bhaerman. The Swami, whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, is the spokesperson for a new...

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Tanya Brno

Tanya (Tova de Luna) has been an influential part of the Seattle circus scene for over 12 years, after having trained most of her life at the nation’s top ballet...

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TAQUEET$!

Born and raised in Seattle TAQUEET$! is a dancer with a style all her own. As a child she studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Spectrum as well as being...

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Terry Crane

Having languished long enough in higher education, Terry Crane finally surrendered to restless urges that lead him to walk calmly away with the circus at the tender age of 20....

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Terry Crane with Xochitl Sosa

Terry Crane with Xochitl Sosa! We are so excited to have them presenting their combined talents at the 2018 Moisture Festival Cabaret. You are in for a special treat. Having...

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The Great Kaplan

We considered the idea of booking The Very Good Kaplan or The Merely Adequate Kaplan but then we considered what the Moisture Festival audience would find most entertaining. That settled...

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The One The Only INGA

The One The Only Inga is an internationally renowned burlesque star, born and raised in Seattle. Her charismatic and precise performances have entertained audiences all over the world, winning her...

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Tina Lenert

Tina Lenert was born in Caracas, Venezuela. At age twelve she moved with her family to Malibu, California and took an interest in performing, first by playing electric guitar in...

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Tom Noddy

Tom has done something unique in show business … he created a new kind of act. When Tom Noddy first took his performance of Bubble Magic onto the Tonight Show...

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Uncle Bonsai

Speaking of Uncle Bonsai in the Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch said “… if there were an Ella Fitzgerald Award for Exquisite Elocution in Song, they would surely get it.” and...

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Xochitl Sosa

Xochitl Sosa is an Oakland based aerial performer and instructor. She is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts’ (NECCA) Pro-Track Program, with a concentration in dance...

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Zipcode Man

Who out of the 6 billion people on this planet can juggle seven balls, invent very funny stories on the spot, and recite the location of every zip code in...

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zoom —– Moisture Festival Volunteer Staff

This is a cropped photo of a fraction of the many volunteers that worked together to staff a recent Moisture Festival. Many of these hard working happy folk will be...

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