Stage Shows Large & Small

Over the past two decades Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has produced off-Broadway and off-off-off Broadway, toured nationally, created site specific shows, played the Catskills… Bindlestiff has performed on Cruise ships, in theme parks, at festivals, in tents, and just about anywhere you can imagine. The shows listed here are a sampling of what the creative minds of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus have to offer. We offer amazing spectacles, adapted for the venue and the audience.


Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents
A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular

Bindlestiff’s newest theatrical production features a cast of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, sideshow marvels, and vaudevillians as they pare the Cirkus down to its most basic elements- discovery, risk, and joy. Always ready to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, the Bindlestiff cast demonstrates that the lure of the Cirkus is rooted in their own childhood experiences of fun. Imagination can make a simple box more intriguing than the fanciest toy it might contain. In that same spirit, follow the Bindlestiffs and discover that some cardboard, duct tape, and creativity is all that’s needed to find delight.
A 90+ minute stage production. See more…

Bindlestiff Family
Cirkus Cabaret

The Cirkus Cabaret is a thrilling spectacle offering a twist on the classic variety-show. Offer This show features juggling, physical comedy, classic Coney Island-style sideshow stunts like sword swallowing and fire eating, audience participation, live original music, acrobatics, and (upon site inspection to determine feasibility) amazing aerial performances on trapeze, “silks”, or rope. A cast of world class artists will inspire with their mastery of multiple skills.

Available as a 45 to 90-minute cirkus variety show.

Can be offered as family programing or for as a more sophisticated theatrical experience. See more…



High Heels Poster by GS

High Heels & Red Noses

A Vaudevillianous Variety Spectacle. Baggy-pants comedy meets Cirkus splendor in High Heels & Red Noses! With enough side-splitting slapstick, glorious glamour, burlesque humor, ensemble hijinks, and sheer heart-stopping thrills to satisfy the most discerning audience.

This 90-minute theater show delivers amazement and laughter.

For mature audiences. See more…




When the entire Cirkus is too much, Bindlestiff co-founders offer smaller stage productions:

designed by Ashleigh Talbot


Buckaroo Bindlestiff’s Wild West Jamboree

Buckaroo Bindlestiff’s Wild West Jamboree is an action packed Wild West extravaganza, featuring classic frontier skills such as fancy lasso tricks, target bullwhip cracking, and a comedy knife-throwing act. The show also includes a “pony” race for youthful audience volunteers, juggling, and more. Take a  comedic look at America’s Old West and get your Yee Haw on! Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Available as a 30-60-minute indoor or outdoor show complete with Covered Wagon set; also available with 2 piece Old-Timey Band.

Great family programing. See more…



Keith and Stephanie with curtain flat

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Dynamic Duo
A Circus Sideshow Performance

A look at the great tradtions of American entertainment featuring real live sideshow feats such as the bed of nails, broken glass dancing and sword swallowing. Audiences will learn how these feats developed into the fairground amusements that our grandparents knew and loved.

(Available as a school show, with reading list and a question and answer period). Great for middle school audiences and up. See more…



Keith Swallows sword photo © Maike Schulz

Mr. Pennygaff’s One-ManCirkus Sideshow Spectacular


Mr. Pennygaff (aka Keith Bindlestiff/Keith Nelson), co-founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus takes you on an entertaining “tour” of the American midway, from the Sideshow to the Big Top. Keith presents jaw-dropping sideshow feats and a showcase of amazing stunts and circus skill including spinning tops, spinning plates, spinning ropes, and whirling machetes. Keith will swallow swords and show you why they call him the human block head. See more…


For theatrical, festival, and university bookings contact:

Siegel Artist Management