The 2014 Bindlestiff First of May Award recipient is announced

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is proud to announce the 2014 Bindlestiff First of May Award recipient, Matt Wilson for Clown Baggage.

The First of May Award is a $500 grant given to a variety artist or group of variety artists to support their development of an original full-length production.  Previous recipients include Unmasked, created and directed by Lady Aye and Mistress B; Solomon the Perplexer, created and written by Tanya Solomon and directed by Corn Mo; and Tip of the Tongue, directed by Courtney Giannone.

2015 application deadline is April 1, 2015. Stay tuned for more details.

Bindlestiff co-founders perform in USO Show at FDR Library

An evening of WWII-era entertainment will transport visitors back to the Roosevelt days as the FDR Presidential Library hosts a USO Show on Friday, May 23, 2014. Attendees will enjoy an evening of comedy and entertainment, historic film footage, and music from the 1940s. Entertainment features Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founders Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu.

USO Show * 
Friday, May 23, 2014 * 
Location: Henry A. Wallace Center 
 * Time: 7:00 p.m.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.
For information call (845) 486-7745.

Juggle This 2014 this June

We are only few weeks away from New York City’s 12th Juggling Festival, June 5 to 8.  Juggle This features four Days of juggling, 30+ Workshops, and One Spectacular Show.

Juggle This! has something for all ages and skill levels! Whether you’d like to learn to juggle three balls, are an advanced juggler looking to trade tricks, or anywhere in between, Juggle This! has the workshops, games, and community to guarantee that you’ll have a good time. The Saturday night show features some of the best jugglers working in the world today!

A Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts Inc. production with assistance from the Carmine Street Irregulars.

For more details,

Two Unicycle Festivals roll across New York this summer

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is producing two unicycle festivals this summer.

The first annual Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festival will take place at Beebe Hill in Columbia County on June 13-15 2014. The festival is produced by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, the Hell on Wheel Gang, and the Chatham Unicycle Club. More details coming soon.

The fifth annual NYC Unicycle Festival will take place August 29 to 31, 2014. August 29 is Brooklyn Unicycle Day and will feature a 13 mile ride across the Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island. On August 30 and 31, activities move to Governors Island. For more details,

Bindlestiff Co-founder on the Tonight Show

In the final months before Jay Leno retired, the Tonight Show invited Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder Keith Nelson onto the show. Keith swallowed a coat hanger and Jay pulled it out.

Now that the Tonight show is back in NYC, we hope to see more Bindlestiff’s making their way onto this historic televised stage.

Keith Nelson swallows a coat hanger on the Tonight Show, Oct 2013.

Keith Nelson swallows a coat hanger on the Tonight Show, Oct 2013.

Celebrating 20 years of Cirkus Cabaret in NYC

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus celebrated it’s 20th annual NYC Cirkus Cabaret Season. From March 13-16, 2014, Bindlestiff transformed the Brooklyn Lyceum into a one ring circus.

Philomena Bindlestiff opens the show. Photo © Maike Schulz

Philomena Bindlestiff opens the show.
Photo © Maike Schulz

The Band play on

The Band play on

NYC’s Unicycle Festival coming August 31-September 2, 2012

The third annual NYC Unicycle Festival will be rolling across New York City August 31-September 2. Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. is producing this three-day event featuring a one-wheel tour across Brooklyn, and a two day gathering on Governors Island. The festival will feature unicycle races and games, trials demonstrations, public shows, a long-distance ride, and the largest group of one-wheeled enthusiasts ever to gather in the five boroughs! For more info visit the NYC Unicycle Festival website.

The Bindlestiffs-Season 1 on DVD.

Wanted: 100 iTunes REVIEWERS – $100 prize for best review

We need 100 people to review our DOCUMENTARY: “The Bindlestiffs” on iTunes (produced by MJ Loheed, New Standard Pictures). Please donate A FEW WORDS and a few minutes of your time! If you already watched it as a web series, you can still write a review on iTunes without buying or renting. If you haven’t seen it, Rent it for $2.99. Your personal review is a great help, it will allow us access on Netflix and cable as well as push the title up into the New & Noteworthy section of the iTunes store. Every person who writes a review will receive a BINDLESTIFFS STICKER (email us your address).Also, when we reach our 100 review mark, a Cirkus committee will pick their favorite review on iTunes, and that reviewer will receive a $100 cash prize. Write your review today! SAMPLE REVIEW: Here’s what one reviewer wrote: “Addicting! I can’t wait to see more! This brings you along on a tour and behind the scenes of a circus. It’s really exciting and different. You get to see what a circus entails from nothing to something. It’s a really good, fun documentary. Edited really nice too.”

Noteworthy Cirkus happenings

Keith Nelson, Bindlestiff co-founder, is directing the Cascade of Stars show at the 2012 International Juggling Convention in Bowling Green, OH. Find out more here.

Family Update: Bindlestiffs Appearing With Other Productions

It may not be the entire Bindlestiff Family Cirkus show, but this year there are many Bindlestiff Family members performing across the nation and world with other productions, from German varieté theaters to cruise ships, to Cirque du Soleil. Here are just a few:

  • Jonas Woolverton is performing in Cirque du Soleil’s Zoomanity in Las Vegas
  • Joel Baker is performing in Cirque du Soleil’s Love
  • Michelle Matlock is performing in cirque de Soleil’s Love
  • Magic Brian is featured in street performing festivals across the world
  • Hilary Chaplain and Angelo Iodice have been working the German varieté stages.
  • Keith Nelson Stephanie Monseu recently took a bit of Bindlestiff to Guyana and Thailand.
  • Michael Richter is performing with Nik Wallenda in Atlantic City
  • Book Kennison is bending and juggling on the seven seas.