Thomas John started juggling at a young age and quickly found his passion. Passion soon led to compulsion and Thomas began performing soon after he learned to juggle. He floundered through many shows while honing his craft and also attending a liberal arts college. Somewhere in the jumble of things Thomas was also a visual artist. After two years struggling to find himself, Thomas made the leap and moved to San Francisco to attend the Clown Conservatory. Before starting his training at the Clown Conservatory, Thomas spent one year street performing. He had a trial by fire, doing thousands of successful and un-successful shows for many diverse audiences. After training for two years at the Clown Conservatory Thomas solidified his identity as a performer, incorporating the wit he appreciated at his liberal arts college, his visual arts background, and his new found passion for the circus. After more than fifteen years creating visual arts, five years studying literature, and a few years juggling Thomas finally started his career as a performer. Since he began creating work in 2004 Thomas has performed all over the country: street performing, in fairs and festivals, and corporate events. Thomas regularly performs his 30 minute solo show at Pier 39 in the Fisherman’s Wharf of San Francisco.
Thomas John: juggler/comedian
The Pickle Family Circus, Tim Kelly, The Rasypini Brothers, Jim Jackson, and many others.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 15 - 60 minutes
Thomas John is the creator of the Bay Area's only Children's Show for Adults. A blend of humor, skill, and wit that will leave you laughing and wondering if that was meant for adults, or the kids. The show opens with Thomas' wonderful three to seven ball routine. It begins with a impressive show of skill with classic three ball tricks as well as some quick comedy. He then moves onto some very impressive five ball juggling finishing with a seven ball run. The show then takes a turn away from traditional juggling shows with Thomas' glockenspiel routine. A failed audition attempt for Juliard, Thomas plays a few tunes using only the glockenspiel, a ping-pong ball, and his mouth. The rest of the show includes five club juggling, a re-enactment of a few monster movies with terrified marshmallows as the extras, an modern reinterpretation of an ancient Chinese art,and a partner finale involving a strip tease, machetes, and a rolla bolla.
Minimum of 10’ deep by 10’ wide stage or raised performance space, ideally bigger.
- A stable performance space free of clutter, cords, and podiums.
- 12’ high or greater ceilings.
- There needs to be a way for audience members to get on stage with
- has his own microphone that can be patched into the house sound.
- has his own music that he controls from stage.
- 2 XLR inputs.
- Set up is best done before the event and before guests arrive.
- A space to change and access to a bathroom.
- A warm up space to juggling and stretch out away from the audience is always helpful.
Available for Your
Awards Night, Bachelorette Party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Club/Nightclub, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Festival, Private Party, Trade Show
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