Summer Variety Tour: A Review


by Walt Hudson


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The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus completed its 30 city East coast summer tour with an appearance here in Baltimore July 15, '06.  With a burlesque sideshow, sword-swallowing, aerial acrobatics, fire eating and lots more of the bizarre, the show offered a spectacle of outrageousness.
Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu, founders of the group, presented one of the strongest line-up pf entertainers to date.
Show opened with the stunning tight wire dancing of Ariele Eracher.  Her excellent performance set the tone for the show to follow.
Nelson AKA Kinko the clown amazed with his duo diablo spinning routine. Monsue AKA Philomena served as ring mistress and she has never been better.  Wow!  What a personality! The show really moved under her direction. 


Elizabeth Gifford AKA Dizzy Lizzy amazed with her hoop gyrations and trapeze gymnastics.
Adam Kuchler's comic hat  juggling and cigar box manipulation was a crowd pleaser as was his hilarious squeezing his entire body into a shopping bag!   Philomena's precision bullwhipping was a skillful and amusing presentation.  Nelson AKA Mr. Pennygaff returned with his sword swallowing and unique top spinng act.
Monsue and Nelson closed the vaudeville revue with their sensational and sensual fire eating act.
The entire production was backed by the live music of Raja Azar.


I look forward to seeing them at the Sideshow Gathering in Sept.


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