Bindlestiff at TEDxHudson!

Ring Mistress Philomena (aka Stephanie Monseu) of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus gave a enthralling presentation at a local TED Talk event in Hudson, NY. Watch the video below and be sure to check out the Calendar Page to keep up to date with the Bindlestiffs!

Stephanie Monseu – TEDx Talk

Stephanie Monseu, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder discusses community, mentoring, circus, youth, and much more.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. With a clown car full of tricks up her sleeve, this dynamic Ringmistress finds physically challenging and thoughtfully imagined methods for reaching young people in her community.

2014 NYC American Youth Circus Festival a Success!

Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. and Playful Productions hosted the 2014 NYC American Youth Circus  Festival on Saturday, October 18 at Circus Warehouse in Long Island City, New York. This was the fourth year this regional American Youth Circus Organization event has taken place.

Youth aged 8-21 were invited to participate in this full day of circus workshops. Seventy six youth took part in this year’s festival. The participants had an amazing opportunity to study advanced circus techniques with professional circus artists. Twenty six instructors offered 36 workshops covering a broad range of circus skills including clowning, wire walking, contortion, Chinese pole, juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, hoop diving, unicycle, aerial rope, and much more.
The festival ended with a performance featuring acrobatic circus troupes, aerialists, unicycle riders, jugglers, and clowns, all under the age of 21.
Special thanks to the sponsors who helped make this year’s festival possible:
Amazing Grace Circus, Westchester Circus Arts Center, and the Creek and the Cave

Empire Mountain Unicycle Festival was a success

On June 14 and 15, 2014, the single track trails of Beebe Hill Forest in Austerlitz, NY were filled with unicycle riders.

Thirty one off-road one-wheel enthusiasts from four states gathered for the inaugural Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festival, to ride the spectacular and scenic trails of New York State.  Riders ranged from 9 to 62 years old.

Friday riding was cancelled due heavy rain, though by Saturday morning the trails were ridable. The trails at Beebe Hill Forest offered both advanced and beginner trails for festival participants. The trails were built and continue to be maintained by the Columbia County Mountain Bike Alliance. For those who needed more exertion after a full day of trail riding, the Hell on Wheel Unicycle Trials Course offered challenging obstacles for more advanced riders to tackle.

On Saturday night, the celebration moved to Fox Hill Campgrounds for festivities made possible with the support of Paradox Brewing Company.

Sunday’s activities included a word scrabble scavenger hunt in the forest. The hunt was created by Third Wheel Unicycle Gang. The worst injury of the weekend was a busted lip received during a juggling break, not while riding a unicycle.

The Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festival is produced by the Chattham Unicycle Club, the Hell on Wheel Gang, and Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. All of the riding participantsl are members of Unicycle Society of America.

Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festvial

Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festvial

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Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festival rolls onto Beebe Hill this weekend.

Off-road one-wheel enthusiasts will be gathering this weekend (July 14 and 15) for the inaugural Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festival, to ride the spectacular and scenic trails of New York State.

The single track trails of Beebe Hill Forest in Austerlitz, NY will be filled with unicyle riders. Beebe Hill State Forest (in the Columbia County town of Austerlitz):

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.