I’ve been a little off radar recently as I have been in hospital and in recovery. One of the worst things (not really) about having an operation is having to go through the rigmarole of telling the story to everybody over and over again. So I thought I’d write a blog about it! Here we go…
Ok ok ok, I admit it, I have missed a couple of weeks of blog posts. I said I would do 52 blog posts for an entire year, and at the moment I think I’ve missed two weeks this year. However, I’m going to try my hardest to play catch up! Anyways, I’m sorry. I know you are all (hello?) just dying to know what I’ve been up to (get the tumbleweed out of here!). I also apologies for the ramshackle smorgasbord of a blog that I’ve done today. I’ve just got a lot of things to chat about! So, what have I been up to I hear you cry (hello?!).
Today is Tuesday, and I have just arrived home from 6 days away. I have just made a lovely cup of tea, and now I thought I’d write a very brief run down of my travels and shows from the passed few days. Not the most riveting stuff. But nonetheless, here we go:
The passed few months I have been practicing with a new system that I have created which focuses on solidifying juggling patterns and tricks. I call this system the “In a row system”, the reason why will become apparent. I have a few systems that I use, and they are like mini games that I play in order to make juggling drills a little more fun and interesting to execute. I will post other systems/games soon.
I’ve had a couple of really fun shows this week. I thought I’d just write a little about one today. I have performed at a couple of weddings this year, and I have learnt something about myself that I didn’t know: I love performing at weddings! The type of people that would want to book a comedy and juggling show at their wedding, are the type of people that I want to hang out with. Their weddings are always so much fun, always such a lovely group of people, and always so friendly.
This week I drove 2.5 hours to do a 45 minute show at Kiln Park in Tenby, to then drive 2.5 hours home. In theory, except for the show, this doesn't sound like a good evening at all. A Wednesday evening in March at a holiday park, in all honesty, seems like it would be quite bleak. The show room was approximately 20% full. Oh, and outside, it was raining a lot. Audiences members, in their dozens, sheltering from the rain, on their holiday. The situation was destined to be a failure. HOWEVER, it went surprisingly well!
A student on the BTEC at Circomedia contacted me the other day asking if I would answering 10 questions for an interview. I thought I'd release them and my answers as this weeks blog post. Yes I know, it's a bit of a cop out, but hey, it's my blog post, my rules.
1. How long have you been juggling and how did you get into it?
18 years ago, when I was 10 years old, I was a member of the Cornish Magical Society (hold yourself back ladies, I’m already taken). Once a week my parents would taken my along to the club where I would meet with hobbiest and professional magicians, and I’d get the chance to talk shop. I was by far the youngest in the group and totally in awe of these wizards.
A few weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from a photography student saying that she is looking for performers to do a photoshoot in their own homes. My girlfriend Pippa needed some new photos, we don’t have any photos of us together in performing “get-up”, and the idea of a photoshoot where we didn’t even have to leave the house seemed very appealing indeed.
This week I have been teaching the intensive juggling week at Circomedia to the first years; 10 students, 1 week, many hours, enthusiasm overflow from the students, and my nonsensical notepad. I will try and upload the video soon, but I need to get permission from all of the students first. But in a nutshell, they killed it. They were all super attentive despite their juggling levels being very different and some of the classes being rather intense.
On Wednesday, at around midday, I was loading my props into Salisbury Arts Centre onto an empty stage, and I had this sudden realisation that I am living the dream. A few years ago I vividly, remember that my goal was to get my show onto the cruise ships. I did it.
Ah, you win some you loose some. Yesterday we officially failed to raise the money needed for our Kickstarter Project: The ABC Tour.
I am currently sat in a lovely coffee shop in Bristol. Cappucino to the left of me, notepad to the right, laptop in the middle, feeling good. I often come to this coffee shop. Not just because of the coffee (it’s great coffee, but not the best), but because of the people, and the space, and the art, and the staff.
The ABC Tour is still going. We have 9 days left to reach the target. Who knows? We might reach it! If we do, amazing. If we don’t, that is sad, but don’t worry mate, everything will be ok. This project might not happen due to lack of funds, but that doesn’t mean that no projects will ever happen ever again, ever (one too many evers perhaps?). I have a few other things up my sleeve for the year to come, but let’s just go one step at a time shall we?
So the ABC Tour Kickstarter Project is going ok. It’s not going amazing! But it is going ok. Thank-you big time to everybody that has pledged so far. You are all incredibly generous and I love you all. I have had a lot of people come up to me or message me saying “Oh I really love the project. I’m definitely going to pledge some money soon!”, but then they never pledge. This project will not happen unless the money is raised.
This week me and my friend Void have launched a new project on Kickstarter. The ABC Tour: 26 comedy-juggling shows in 26 different venues - chosen by YOU - each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. So far pledges for the project have been slow but steady. I am still hopeful we will reach the target, but it’s still very early days yet.
It’s 2017. Happy New Year you lovely lot. 2016 was a very productive year work wise for me. I made this little video to summarise my 2016. Check it out here:
I am currently on an aeroplane on my way home from Sicily. A lot has happened in the past few months. In the past few months:
I’ve recently finished a cruise contract on the tremendously wonderful ship, Carnival Vista. This ship is a grand ol’ floating chunk of fancy technology. Beautiful ship and crew. A true delight and I’m super looking forward to going back in a couple of days. But, day one was a pretty tough day. I thought I’d give a run down of it here:
So it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Last Wednesday I drove my brothers camper van to Glastonbury festival. In writing, this sounds simple. In reality, this was one of the most hard core trips of my life. I left Cornwall at 7:30am on the Wednesday, I arrived at the gates of Glastonbury at 10:30pm. The gates were closed so the organisers put me and the van in a holding pen for the night. At the crack of dawn, I started to make my way onto the site. It took 4 hours.
It’s been an eventful week or so since I last blogged and quite a lot of happened.
Yesterday I received a new prop from Jazz Phab Hula Hoops. Its a foldable mini hula hoop which I will hopefully be using for a couple of new tricks. I have a few ideas for them, but they are very much in the pipeline (pow!) at the moment. I tried to take a selfie with me and the prop but it was fairly tricky. Here is my attempt:
I have been incredibly relaxed with this blog and have definiately not used it to it's fullest! However, I'm going to try my hardest to keep it as up to date as possible, starting...... from....... NOW! I've just come back from a week of shows in Strasbourg, France. This time, instead of the usual solo comedy juggling nonsense that I do, I was working with Gandini Juggling on an avant-garde juggling show called Clowns and Queens. It really was a lot of fun.
This week we have performed Beta Testing in Salisbury and in Reading. I also did workshops in Lincoln to promote the shows in Lincoln next week. It has been a very productive week and the tour is going very well. I feel like the show gets better and better each time (as it should really). This following week we are performing in Lincoln on Wednesday and Bristol on Friday and Sunday.
I’ve only gone and done it again haven’t I?! What am I like (there’s no need to answer that)? I’ve only gone and not done a blog post for over 10 days because I’ve been so busy, and now I have to do a really long one to fill in what on earth I have been doing with my time. I’m a nut. So I apologise for the long blog post.
I’m, once again, sat in the foyer of Jackson’s Lane theatre, about to take on the Studio day 5 of 2015. I thought what better way to start my day than to reflect on what has happened so far.
- So that people like yourselves can read about what I have been up to with my work and you will be able to follow the process of the creation of any new projects that I have coming up.
"Jon did a 45min set for us for our wedding in February 2017 and he was AMAZING!!!! Had our guests in fits of laughter and really was fantastic if you are looking for something to lift the energy after a wedding meal, but not do the predictable magician or live band.