A new act has emerged in the Optical Juggling Department. ELLIPTICS is a juggling anomaly that takes place in a mind-bending unseen dimension. Similar to OPTICS, ELLIPTICS utilizes live video and HDMI streaming. The audience experiences two worlds simultaneously. The juggling is being created live on stage, but another reality unfolds on a projected screen. What you see in this video is what is being projected above the artist. There’s NO tricky post-production video editing. It’s LIVE theater.
This spring, I’m designing a new Rockin’ Juggling Comedy Show to help support summer reading programs throughout New England. Bookings are still coming in from Bar Harbour down to Cape Cod. The show is coupled with a dozen books about juggling, both instructional and fictional as well as an optional beginner’s workshop. For more information, visit www.michaelmenes.com/libraries-rock/
Michael’s Rockin’ Juggling Comedy Show presents a wide variety of juggling skills that produce sound and music during a 45 minute up-close and intimate, fun program for children and families. Michael juggles a musical-magical Chinese chime stick, swings humming pois in the air, juggles silver chimes, and delights children and teens with his dazzling acts performed precisely to upbeat music. Music is comprised of patterns and rhythms and so is juggling! It totally rocks!
I’ve released a sneak peak mashup video of my new OPTICS juggling act. The act uses wireless technology to stream HD video to multiple projectors in real time. Audiences will be able to enjoy an up-close magical experience of juggling techniques that are often hard to appreciate in larger venues.
This spring I’m getting my sea legs working as a guest entertainer for NCL. I first started working for Norwegian Cruise Lines back in 2002 on one week cruises from Honolulu down to Kiribati. Last week I visited the ports of Vancouver, Victoria, and San Francisco on a 5 Night Pacific Coastal Cruise on the Norwegian Pearl. It was a repositioning cruise before they start their summer season in Alaska. British Columbia is a really beautiful destination, there were great audiences onboard, and the food was super delicious! Next I’ll be on the Norwegian Gem on a 7 Night Bahamas and Florida cruise out of New York City departing on May 14th. Hoping for calm seas…
Next week I’ll be performing my HIGHJINKS solo show on a 16 Night Transpacific Crossing Cruise from Sydney to Honolulu! Ports of calls include Noumea, Mystery Island, Lautoka, & Pago Pago. The cruise is on Holland America Line on the ms Noordam, a beautiful ship I was on last year in Central America. I’ll be shooting lots of footage for the EYE OF THE JUGGLER series.
I have a new comedy duo show with Leland Faulkner called SNAFU!
Situation Normal until the arrival of Michael Menes and Leland Faulkner, and then the world gets turned on its ear. BE PREPARED TO BE ENTERTAINED! Outrageous sketch comedy, slapstick, hilarious characters, awesome juggling, crazy gags, and mind-boggling magic. In the tradition of the classic American comedy teams like Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, SNAFU! is a collection of innovative comedy conceived by one of the most dynamic and creative duets in the business.
Guaranteed to tickle audiences of all ages and nationalities, SNAFU! crosses cultural boundaries and touches the universal funny bone. What can-go-wrong-WILL! as these “Masters of the Ridiculous” explore a collection of comedic props, physical gags, and imaginative illusions.
Suitable for all ages, the performance also includes masterful hand shadows, superb juggling acts, and memorable audience participation.
For more information, check out www.snafucomedy.com.
This year I’ve been working hard to update my online presence and decided to migrate over to a WordPress Premium Theme which is designed for touring artists. I love the full screen video. It’s not visible on iOS devices, so be sure to come back to the site on a laptop or desktop! I’ll be adding more content and pages in the weeks and months ahead to get everything up to speed.
From March 23rd through March 27th I’ll be in Seattle to attend the world’s largest comedy-varieté festival performing both solo and with my partner Leland Faulkner as SNAFU! Comedy/Varieté is an intriguing assortment of entertainment. It is highly skilled performance mixed with many bizarre talents, often humorous, with no limit to the imagination. Presented as a variety show, each act or artist performs his or her routine within a 3-15 minute time slot while being accompanied by a live show band. Website: www.moisturefestival.com