Please allow me to introduce myself...
My name is Michael Menes (pronounced "men ~ ness"). I'm an American variety-arts performer and visual artist based in the Northeastern United States. I've toured professionally for over thirty years as an innovative juggler, mime and physical comedian both home and abroad. Over the past few years I've toured extensively in Europe and South America with the cruise lines Holland America and Royal Caribbean as a guest entertainer. When not touring, I work developing my private studio and retreat facility in rural Maine.
I hope you enjoy poking around my "Planet Michael" website.
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About My Site
As an unconventional public figure, my site draws over some ridiculous 50,000 hits each year ranging from fans to curiosity seekers, from fine art presenters to booking agents, from collaborators to publishing clients. Who knows who else? Hopefully everyone coming to the site will find something of value. There's information on my live touring work, my rehearsal studio, my publishing services, and my photography work. In the upper right hand corner, you can also find links to the social media platforms I frequent... my company page on Facebook, my YouTube, my link to Twitter, etc. I also keep my tour calendar and promotional materials here as well.
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Read more about my electronic publishing services here. I created this site using Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop CS6 and Cascading Style Sheets. My hosting partner is FatCow. Their servers run on 100% renewable wind energy.
My exotic travel photography can now be purchased or licensed on line through my Zenfolio service. There are a lot of cool options for ordering stunning photographs from around the world. Click the Zenfolio icon below to browse, order prints, canvas wraps, or beautiful aluminum metal prints for your home or office. New photo galleries are being added every week. Unique images only available from Michael Menes, The Eye of the Juggler!
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Still can't find what you're looking for? Try a search of my entire website and blogs through a custom Google search here.
Cruising in Hawaii, French Polynesia, and Patagonia
I started off 2015 in Tahiti on Holland America Line on the Statendam. We stopped on the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Rangiroa, and Nuku Hiva. The shows went over so well that they asked me to return at the end of February to see a different part of the itinerary! I'll start in Honolulu and get to visit Fanning Island, Bora-Bora, and Raiatea, before disembarking in Papeeti, Tahiti. Some really awesome cruising and snorkeling! In February, I will be heading down to Patagonia on Celebrity Cruises to work in Argentina and Uruguay.
What's it like out on the big cruise ships? Click here to read all about my cruising career in a proxy interview, "20 Years at Sea".
My Private Retreat, Studio, and Guest House Focusing on the Arts and Better Living
Eureka is a secluded, quiet, artsy hideaway with an elegant private studio and comfortable living quarters. It is surrounded by farms, forests, lakes, and fresh air. We offer affordable lodging for travelers, residencies for artists, studio rentals, and private instruction. We can accommodate small groups or individuals wanting to retreat from the outside world. Our venue is a great space to focus on projects, rest and relax, or use as a base for exploring southern Maine. . For more information, visit the retreat's website: www.eurekaretreat.com.
The main studio has an 18' high ceiling and sprung hardwood dance floor. There are many interesting, down-to-earth, inspiring things to see and do in the area while on retreat. Explore authentic treasures that are often hidden from the typical tourist attractions.
New: Aluminum Art
Decorate Your Home Or Office With An Original Limited Edition Metal Wall Print from The Eye of the Juggler.
My photography, now hosted by Zenfolio, is available in the United States and Canada as high definition aluminum art. Available in sizes up to 24 by 36 inches, these .45" thick aluminum photo panels have rounded corners and are coated with a durable gloss finish. Images are also available on traditional photo paper at lower prices or on gallery style canvas wraps. Click here to see the Image-of-the-Week... Arriving in Rio de Janeiro.
Nectar Agency News
Promoting Regional Acts to the Cruise Industry in New England and the Canadian Maritimes
I am developing something called the New England Cruise Talent And Roster (N.E.C.T.A.R.). It introduces quality acts who reside in New England to the cruise industry. There are over 50 vessels that arrive each year to ports in the region like Bar Harbour and Portland, Maine. See the roster on line at www.newenglandcruisetalent.com. For entertainers who would like to be considered for the roster, send an email to: email@example.com
I publish an electronic newsletter four times a year. Click here to read my most recent eNEWSLETTER. If you'd like to sign up to receive my enews, use the form below. Don't worry. Your email address is secure and you are free to unsubscribe at any time.
I had so much stuff it wouldn't fit all on one page! So I made a PAGE 2 for the really juicy stuff!
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