Country: United States
Based In: Oregon
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Rhys Thomas is a juggler, comedian and entertainer in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. He has been performing publicly since 1987. His performance style is one characterized by jokes and puns accompanied by visual tricks and stunts. He performs at theaters, banquets, schools, churches, libraries and festivals.
His “JuggleMania” show features interactive comedy and high level circus tricks.
His “Science Circus” show adds Newtonian Physics to this mix of hilarity and dexterity.
Clean comedy, amazing tricks, interactive shenanigans and an educational option make JuggleMa ... nia the "Something Different" you’re looking for.
It’s a never fail formula that’s been enjoyed from the Smithsonian Institution to the International Congress of Neurological Surgeons, from Mediterranean cruise ships to Singaporean shopping malls, Arabian stages to American theaters, festivals, schools and banquets for over two decades.
Rhys Thomas defines juggling as, “dances with stuff.”
The Wall Street Journal defines Rhys as being, “in touch with your inner buffoon.”
In Rhys’ own words, “We live in a world of stuff. We can trip on it or balance on it, drop it or fly it, battle with it or dance with it. Gravity or levity, the choice is yours.” He also says, “Is a children’s festival held when you plant them or when you harvest them?”
Growing up in rural Oregon, Rhys learned to juggle in high school to impress a girl and then lost the girl and juggled to forget. He now claims to have an M.F ... .A. (Master of Frivolous Arts). He paid off his college loans by street performing then transitioned to stage shows to get out of the weather. To get into museums and schools, he created a show teaching the Physics of juggling (www.sciencecircus.org) and to get into international festivals, he created his “tour de farce” of circus tricks called JuggleMania. Both shows work on so many levels that they’re often compared to Pixar movies.
Since 1987, Rhys has performed his unique blend of hilarity and dexterity …
•as Artist in Residence at The Smithsonian Institution (where he once arrived early enough to see them vacuuming the elephant in the foyer);
•as Best American Act at the World Cup Street Performer Competition in Shizuoka, Japan;
•on a live world-wide television broadcast teaching the mathematics of juggling;
•on Mediterranean and Caribbean cruise ships;
•as a command performance at The European Juggling Convention;
•inside a 4,000 year old Egyptian tomb alongside paintings of ancient jugglers;
•as the first juggler to win an Oregon Arts Fellowship
and at theaters, festivals, museums, schools and banquet halls on four continents.
Highly respected in the juggling world, Rhys is a recipient of the Ben Linder Memorial Award for Inspiration, has twice been profiled in “Juggle” magazine and appears on several DVD’s including “The Jugglers That Jugglers Watch.”
Rhys’ greatest accomplishment was to marry Maria Slayter. Their greatest creations are Isabel and Matilda Thomas who not only juggle on stilts, but act, draw, play music, sculpt, sew, and set fashion goals for the many who admire them.
To learn more, surf www.JuggleMania.com.
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