Jest Fest 2020 Lineup

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The World Famous Flying Wallendas

The Flying Wallendas, one of the most famous circus acts of all time, have thrilled audiences with their clowning, juggling and other circus arts including performing their signature daring feats on the high wire… without a net!

Avner the Eccentric

Avner the Eccentric was a hit of the 1984–1985 Broadway season. Often a featured performer at comedy, magic and theatre festivals his shows defy the barriers of language and culture. He has toured extensively all over the US and abroad and has been inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame. Avner is probably best known for his endearing portrayal of The Jewel, the scene-stealing holy man, in The Jewel of the Nile, co-starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. He was also featured in the film Brenda Starr and the television series Webster and Mathnet.

Silent Clown Arsene from Paris

Arsene Dupin, who studied under the celebrated French mime, Marcel Marceau, has been winning the hearts and inspiring laughter around the word since 1978. He has dazzled audiences from Las Vegas to Disney World to Renaissance Festivals and even the White House with his combination of wit, magic, juggling, mime and comedy.

Daniel Duke of Danger

Dan Looker, otherwise known as Daniel Duke of Danger is a graduate of both the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown College and Cirque Du Solei’s National Circus School in Montreal. Even with all this education he really doesn’t have any marketable skills. Well, other than his ability to make audiences laugh with foolish, ill-advised acrobatic stunts and other bad ideas throughout the US, Canada and Japan. If you do watch his show you will both validate his existence and make his mother very happy.

Mr. Fish

Mister Fish (John Lepiarz) is a veteran performer from the Big Apple Circus in NYC. His performance includes: bull whips, plate spinning, the amazing table cloth pull and more. You will marvel as he spins six of his mother’s dinner plates atop thin poles. You will be amazed as he pulls a table cloth out from beneath a person sitting on a chair on top of a table. You may wonder how he whips targets from his hand and mouth with an eight foot bull whip. You should run if he asks for volunteers!!

Squawk! the Amazing Bird Show

Starring Magnificent Macaws, Amazing Amazons, an Incredible Conure and one Kooky Cockatoo these feathered professionals will amaze you with their unusual talents such as painting, mind reading, performing card tricks, solving math problems and so much more. 

Squawk has performed at Las Vegas and been seen on Late Show with David letterman, America’s Got Talent and Animal Planet’s Petstar.

Dragon Box Theatre

Performing music, puppetry, stilt walking and aerial acrobatics, Josh Lederman, George O’Brien and Griffin Wulf will delight audiences of all ages with both their stage performances and roving entertainment!

Griffin Wulf

George O’Brien

Josh Lederman

Gypsy Guerrilla Band

It’s not an invasion, it’s a celebration of international music! The Gypsy Guerrilla Band (Jim & Joyce Lillquist) is on the road year-round with their “Hit and Run Music”, an exuberant mix of styles from baroque to reggae. Band members think like gypsies in their range of cultural influences, and like guerrillas in their aggressive approach to traditional instruments.
Hammered dulcimer, autoharp, kalimba, and Irish whistle create a hard-driving sound and bring new life to old-time, folk and ethnic music; the result is a repertoire characterized by big-spirited variety.  The next tune may be Renaissance, Cajun, klezmer, improvisational jazz, a Strauss waltz, or a Sousa march.
They’re committed to music that will unify, entertain, and fire up people’s imaginations!

Don Austin

Fiddling Jester Don Austin will delight you with a mix of great fiddle tunes while roving about the Festival grounds as well as providing live musical accompaniment for Arsene from Paris’ stage shows!

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