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Kids Say the Darndest

Posted on September 15th, 2013 by Viveca


Since February, I’ve been teaching circus skills to kids on the road. Sometimes they say funny things. Here are a few of my recent favorite conversations. 1. Me (gesturing to a trunk): “Please sit down on that chair.” Kid: “That’s not a chair.” The kid sits down on the trunk. Me: “Well, are you sitting […]

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Back on the Bar

Posted on March 15th, 2013 by Viveca

Style & smile

In February, I left NYC and re-joined Circus of the Kids, a traveling program I’d worked with in the past. I’ll be teaching circus skills to kids in Brewster, NY; Spencer, OK; and Brooklyn, MI. We’re on our first stop now, at a home/school for kids from kindergarten through twelfth grade with severe emotional, social, […]

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Everyone is Jumping

Posted on June 9th, 2012 by Viveca

It’s the Israel Day Parade, and I’m on unicycle. Well, actually it’s before the parade, and I’m next to my unicycle checking in at a command center, which is what the parade organizers are calling a production trailer parked on a closed block of 56th Street just east of Fifth Avenue. “Command center” sounds too […]

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The Thought That Counts

Posted on April 25th, 2012 by Viveca

Sweetleaf LIC coffee and pastry

My friend Gameboy said he’d help me with a big event I was producing, the 2012 NYC Regional American Youth Circus Festival. It was the first one, and I was nervous, so I was extra grateful that Gameboy offered to help, especially since he is one of my few non-circus friends (or as we call […]

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National Exposure!

Posted on March 18th, 2012 by Viveca


Just pissed off another morning show. Don’t guess I’ll be hearing from them again. They wanted jugglers in a crowd welcoming a weatherman back from his triumphant journey across the country. I said they could post the information on the JuggleNYC Volunteer Request Message Board so interested parties could contact them directly. They said they […]

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The Flood

Posted on March 3rd, 2012 by Viveca

Beginning of third flood

2000 and 2010 were the worst years of my relatively good life. I wrote this story near the end of my eight-year tenure at the Big Apple Circus. In retrospect, it contains many signs that the end was near, and I’m not referring to any biblical-type flood prophesy. My office flooded three times in 2000. […]

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How I Started Juggling

Posted on February 10th, 2012 by Viveca

Viveca juggling five balls at Congress of Jugglers 2010

In January, we piloted a program I had developed to introduce elementary school children to classical circus. I had written the business plan, developed the curriculum, coordinated with the school, etc., but when it came time to go into the school and deal with real children, I expected to hand over program operations to the […]

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Flamingo Foils Failure

Posted on February 10th, 2012 by Viveca

Emmett Kelly sad clown

I remember many moons ago when I was new to this work, attending this horrid event at which a crowded room full of pretentious black-clad graphic artists tried to ignore the four colorfully clad clown doctors strolling among them. Afterwards, the four performers told me stories of their worst jobs ever—magicians producing dead birds, costumes […]

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Posted on February 10th, 2012 by Viveca

cat bike (son)

Yesterday I spent the morning wrangling cats for a corporate event in Grand Central. Housecats. Eight housecats. The trainers also brought four dogs, because they didn’t believe I really only wanted cats, so we had to set up someone to watch the dogs too. The event went pretty well, although I got very nervous when […]

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