Eric Girardi has been professionally performing object manipulation for over fifteen years as a world-ranked yoyo player, juggler, top spinner, diabolo'ist, contact juggler, stilt-walker, fire eater/breather/spinner, and an artist of over fifteen 'circus' skills. He can booked for his modern vaudeville show choreographed to music (may include historical/modern dialogue regarding the props); an interactive walk-around entertainer; run a workshop; or tailor to your needs. A client said, "You performance was really outstanding; I saw it as a kind of dance with props, and your choice of music made the work very beautiful and sophisticated. I will never think of yo-yo's as a mere toy anymore."
Very professional and responsible
Response from Bending Gravity Entertainment:
Thanks Clarys, it was a pleasure to perform for all of you!
Eric is awesome, very talented, very friendly and professional leading up to and during the event.
He captivated my wife's bday party (40th) and had everyone asking where I found him, how to hire him etc..
He is an insane yo yo and diablo guy! awesome tricks and he customized for my event which was mostly adults.
Best of all he is an easy going and easy to work with guy. Just hire him already!
Response from Bending Gravity Entertainment:
Much appreciated, it was a well done and fun party!
Eric is awesome, great showman, awesome tricks, can customize for your event.
I had a 40th bday for my wife, mostly adults, he did contact juggle, fire performance, diablo, yo yos, etc... packed a lot into a 30 min show and the crowd loved him.
Best part is he is a nice easy going guy, great communicator before and leading up to the event, etc...
Eric dots a wonderful job for our event!
He entertained or guests with fire, stilts, magic balls AND juggling. Worth every penny!
Response from Bending Gravity Entertainment:
Thank you Laura, you have a great place and I look forward to working with you in the future!
The Narragansett Indian Tribe Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative and the Tribal Parent Education Committee hired Eric for our Halloween Bonfire Event. Eric was early, set up his equipment, and was ready for the show in no time. As soon as he began, the children and adults alike were enthralled. It was freezing cold outside, but it did not impact his performance at all. He was even able to incorporate our Domestic Violence Prevention education into his show, as we had requested. Eric is one of the kindest people I have met and It was a pleasure working with him. He was flexible, professional, and very entertaining! We will definitely look to have him back!
Response from Bending Gravity Entertainment:
Thank you Silvermoon, it was a pleasure performing for you and your tribe!
Eric was the consummate entertainer. He juggled fire before an awed audience, he stilt walked past agog fair goers, he razzled and dazzled with not one but two yo-yos (truly a Master), he left the crowd amazed by his skills and finesse with the diablo sticks. It was thrilling to watch and I had to pinch myself for my brilliant move in hiring the best entertainer in the Hartford area. Truly a spectacle and the only disappointment is that we'll have to wait a whole year before we can bring him back to our event.
Bending Gravity Entertainment was contracted to provide fire performance for a Corporate Event in New York. They were professional, competent, and left the client with a completely positive impression. I highly recommend them for their talent, and entertainment value.
Eric was just amazing. His show was full of a number of things I had never even seen! A very skilled performer, I will be hiring him again next year for our company dinner.
Eric, of Bending Gravity Entertainment, has performed for many years at the Cub Scout Day Camps I was running . The scouts as well as their leaders and parents would routinely ask each week "What day is the Yo Yo guy coming?" Eric was a permanent part of their Day Camp experience as he entertained both children and adults alike with an amazing skill set of juggling, working with a yo yo and so much more. Over the years he has honed his skills and the effortless expertise he demonstrates at his shows reflect this. Eric tailored his show to our Cub Scout Theme of "Do Your Best" and the positive messages he sent to the scouts of always being open to trying a new skill, it is o.k. if it doesn't work the first time, practice, and you'll get better and succeed, were demonstrated countless times when he would try out new tricks and new routines, to the delight of all. Eric would have a question/answer session as well, and everyone was excited to participate. After the camp seasons were over the staff booked adult versions of his show and they have been spectacular! Eric is a wonderfully skilled performer and very easy to work with. I have booked him for many years.
Eric of Bending Gravity is a truly talented performance artist and entertainer. He offers a trill a minute as he performs amazing yo yo feats and balancing acts. The audience was mesmerized. We have had him perform in the past and will definatley book him again. His show is also enhance by a workshop for kids after the show. Bending Gravity is one of the best performers I've had in my 17 years of booking family entertainment.
We had Eric for our last big show in August for our Summer Reading Program in Ledyard, CT. He was amazing! The kids were enthralled, and the adults were..."How did he do that???" I would highly recommend Bending Gravity for any school or Parks & Rec program. He was good to work with and was fast to respond to my emails. I needed to move the location of the program just a couple of days beforehand, and Eric was very accommodating and gracious. I will definitely want to have him back again!
I've had the pleasure of watching Eric perform at a couple of private events over the years, and he's a master performer. His yo-yo skills are without peer, and I remember his contact juggling and fire-prop performances being truly special as well. He's got the stage presence, charm, and professionalism that make him ideal for corporate events, or most any type of party.
We have a camp in nj. Eric first performed for 450 people. He was awesome. The uniqueness of his show had our campers on the edge of their seats. They thought they had seen everything until this show. Then he did another show for 65 teenagers who he also wowed. It's very high energy show, and he connects with the crowd quickly. I already recommended him to a friend of mine in a large camp in upstate ny. He was really nice to work with and very flexible.
What to Expect
I thought the best way to describe this, is in the words of others that have seen my show.
"You performance was really outstanding - I saw it as a kind of dance with props, and your choice of music made the work very beautiful and sophisticated. I will never think of yo-yo's as a mere toy anymore." - Described by a client
“It's not even like yo yo, it was like you were throwing and conjuring energy, casting spells.....I don’t even know how to explain it. Inspiring would be a word.” – Peter Irish, 5-Time World Footbag Freestyle Champion
“Your show has changed my daughter’s life. She has never spent more than one hour doing anything before she saw your show.” – Mother’s e-mail after school show
“Eric truly captivated his audience when visited our middle school. In fact, the kids gave him a standing ovation. He wowed us with his awesome yo-yo, juggling, and stationary ball skills and connected with his upbeat and charismatic personality. Great entertainment!” – Timothy Brown, School Guidance Counselor
“If you can do 1/10 of those tricks with this yo-yo. I’ll be thrilled.” – Producer for Tiger Electronics commercial, commenting on audition tape
“At first, when I saw you I didn’t think you could really be a person, because the tricks you were doing were soooo crazy.” – Kid at a school show in Salem, NH
“I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life. That was wonderful.”– Leader at Camp Sunrise in Suffield, CT
To provide a one-of-a-kind breathtaking performance of object manipulation choreographed to music… to bring once stagnant objects to life as art in motion.
YoYos: (ranked 76th in the world and a member of the Duncan Yo-Yo Crew) - one or two yoyos at a time, freehand yoyo (string not attached to hand), offstring yoyo (string is not attached to yoyo)
Juggler: 5 ball, knives, fire, hatchet, etc.
Top Spinning: throw to hand and manipulated on string
Poi/Fire Spinning: may be done with or without fire
Stilt-Walking: in costume - may do yoyos, juggling, contact juggling, etc. while on stilts
Devilsticks: may be done with or without fire
Contact Juggling: 1 to 8 balls, may be done with fire with one ball
Rola Bola/Balance Board: with skills
Staff: may be done with or without fire
Dragon Staff: 10 fire wicks
Whips: 1 or 2, may be done with or without fire
Rope Knot Throwing
Paddleball: 1 or 2
Fire Jump Rope
PROGRAMS OFFERED (options can be combined):
Stage Performance (up to 1 hour): skills choreographed to music w/ or w/o talking and interaction … artist will provide own sound system
Walk-around/Strolling Entertainment (30 min. – full days): great for a cocktail hour, festival, corporate setting, party, etc.
Motivational Assembly/Show (15 min. – 1 hour): skill show based around general motivation, following your passions in life, importance of practice and study (also can discuss related history and science) … great for schools
Workshop/Classes/Private Lessons: (15 min. - full days) generally yoyos, juggling, devilsticks, plate spinning, etc. - any of the skills can be taught and equipment can be pre-ordered for participants or rented
Fire Show: (up to 30 min.)
Glow Show (5-25 min.): light-up yoyos, spinning glow sticks, juggling glowing balls, LED diabolo and more…great for a nightclub, party, or any night event
Product Demonstration: promote your product at a trade show, store event, or other promotion - will learn a new skill if necessary
Custom Show: at your disposal to work around your theme of event and create a show based on your needs
***Customized yoyos or juggling balls can be pre-ordered for your event…
Borders Books and Music
CT Business Exposition
Comvey Business Convention
Foxwoods Resort and Casino
Greater Hartford Arts Council
Greenberg Taurig Company Picnic
Gunstock Mountain – Guilford, NH
Hartford, CT New England’s Rising Star
Make-A-Wish Foundation (donated show)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City Toy Fair
Ronald McDonald House
Six Flags New England
Village Toy Shoppes
TV, FILM, RADIO, & MAGAZINE:
Black Mamba Instruction YoYo Video
Duncan Juggling CD-ROM
Duncan Juggling Product Packaging Photo Shoot (featured on Duncan Juggling Packaging)
Duncan YoYo/Top/Juggling Commercial
Fiend Magazine (YoYos/Juggling) feature
FOX Phenom (FOX TV News Program)
“Sphereplay 2 – The Multisphere” Video
Tiger Electronics YoYo Commercial
WRCH, Light 100.5 Radio Guest
FESTIVALS/FAIRS (50 ):
Festivals/Fairs (50 )
Bristol, CT Arts in the Park
Camp Creek Music Festival
Clearwater Hudson River Revival Music Festival
Durham, CT County Fair
Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival
Hyannis, MA Main St. Festival
New York Renaissance Fair
Rhythm and Roots Music Festival
SoNo Arts Celebration
Summit on the Hudson Music Festival
Vermont Alternative Energy Festival
W. Hartford, CT American School for the Deaf Annual Festival
Yarmouth, MA Seaside Festival
America International College – Springfield, MA
Asnuntuck College – Enfield, CT
Bronx Community College – Bronx, NY
Keene State College – Keene, NH
McKendree College – Lebenon, IL
Missouri State College – Springfield, MO
Monmouth University – West Long Branch, NJ
Rivier College – Nashua, NH
Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY
University of New Haven - New Haven, CT
Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Worcester, MA
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus in Times Square
Duncan USA YoYo Crew member
Fire Flight show for Southington, CT High School Graduation event
Forgot to Laugh Sideshow/Animation Show - New Haven, CT
FOODPLAY school assemblies - juggling and nutrition tour (100 shows)
The Latest Show on Earth collaboration
Team Zero Gravity collaboration show for WPI YoYo Competition
Try Out Toys Product Demonstrator
200 birthday parties, scouting events, malls, nightclubs, parades, restaurants, school assemblies, YMCAs...
AWARDS RECEIVED (now focusing on performing rather than competition):
Best Trick @ Boston University Juggling Convention (2003)
Named CT state YoYo Champion – one-handed division (2003)
Won New York City Open YoYo Competition – one-handed division (2001)
Won New York City Open YoYo Competition – freestyle division (2000)
Eleventh at Y3A Annual World YoYo Competition – one-handed division (2000)
Third in North East YoYo Competition – one-handed division (2000)
Won New York City Open YoYo Competition – one-handed division (1999)
Ranked 76th overall yoyo player in the world at World YoYo Competition (Hawaii – 1999)
Eight in International YoYo Competition (Niagara Falls) – one-handed championship (1999)
Second at MA Dogbite YoYo Competition – expert division (1999)
Fourth in North East YoYo Competition – one-handed championship (1999)
Fourth in North East YoYo Competition – intermediate division (1998)
Additional Booking Notes
I can bring my own sound system and clip-on mic ... or they can be provided.
Past Booked Events
|July 19, 2018 • 9:00am - 10:00am||Corporate Event|
|March 04, 2017 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm||Birthday (Child)|
|June 18, 2016 • 4:30pm - 9:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|February 09, 2016||Holiday Party (Other)|
|May 25, 2015||Public Event|
Influences & Inspiration
I draw from many genres in entertainment: yoyos (Steve Brown, Paul Yath, and Sky Kiabu), juggling (Sergei Ignatov, Enrico Rastelli, Bobby May, and Francis Brunn), comedy (Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Nelson, Steve Martin, and George Carlin), devilsticks (Adam Dipert) and clowning (Avner Eisenberg).