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Kids Say the Darndest

Posted on September 15th, 2013 by Viveca

Leprechaun

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

television

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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Meow!

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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The End of the Line

Weighing the options

SIR: St. George, Staten Island

Monday, April 9, 2012 Spring break for the Salisbury (CT) public ...

3: 148th Street/Harlem, Manhattan

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 I read a bit of that Quran, ...

S: Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn

Thursday, August 11, 2011 Boy if I thought Damaso changing his ...

NQ: Astoria/Ditmars Boulevard, Queens

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 It’s been almost five months since our ...

JEZ: Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer, Queens

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 We take the J because we both ...

SIR: Tottenville, Staten Island

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Holy end-of-the-line, Batman, Staten Island is really ...

2: Wakefield/241st Street, The Bronx

Thursday, March 24, 2011 We pull a last-minute switcheroo on our ...

R: Bay Ridge/95th Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 20, 2011 Ooph. No beautiful glowing glass art at ...

L: 14th Street/8th Avenue, Manhattan

Friday, March 18, 2011 This trip feels oddly important. It’s the ...

1: South Ferry, Manhattan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Sometimes, admittedly not as often as I’d ...

L: Rockaway Canarsie, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 13, 2011 After 18 years here, the cultural associations ...

6: Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx

Monday, February 21, 2011 We went to Manhattan. We went to ...

M: Middle Village, Metropolitan Ave., Queens

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Yesterday kids were playing basketball outdoors in ...

A: Inwood-207th Street, Manhattan

Thursday February 3, 2011 The idea had been hanging over my ...