Texas Juggling Society
Jugglefest XXV
February 23-25, 2018
Austin, Texas

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Jugglefest - Special Guests / Public Show Performers


We are thrilled to have Gena Shvartsman Cristiani at our 25th annual Jugglefest. Gena is a fifth generation circus artist from Russia, a former star attraction for Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus, world wide performer in lavish variety and circus shows, and a multi-medal award winner including the prestigious International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, France and the World Juggling Federation Championships. Gena is also a couture and costume designer.


Jay Gilligan has performed in 30 different countries, touring solo work and collaborating with companies such as The Gandini Juggling Project, Cie Jerome Thomas, Les 7 doigts de la main, Cirkus Cirkor, and Cirque du Soleil. He is the head teacher of juggling at the Dans och Cirkushogskolan in Stockholm, Sweden, and has recently published a book about contemporary juggling titled "5 Catches."

In addition to an act in the Saturday Public Show, Jay will present his one-man show "Orbit" on Thursday night (free). Check the Shows page for details.


Wholesome and true, Mama Lou learned the importance of good old fashion hard work. At 19 she moved to New York City with a troop of performing Clowns. At 24 she took up aerial arts. A year later she left NYC to create the Strong Woman persona she is best known for and has since been flying around the world attending international cabaret and variety events. Anything a man can do, Mama Lou can do in high heels.

Liam Halstead is a multi-talented circus artist from Tucson, Arizona, specializing in cigar boxes. He has performed with Zoppe, an Italian Family Circus, the International Jugglers' Association Xjuggling competition and several regional juggling festivals.

A perfect marriage of juggling and hoops, McKenzey Simper and Cassie McKenney make up the inspiring hoop juggling duo Double McJuggle. Both experienced performers and teachers, they have recently focused on hoop juggling and are currently studying and teaching in Mexico.

California juggler Chris Garcia, aka Draco Diabolo, is a former student of Matt Hall, having become a diabolo innovator and performer. Chris teaches diabolo to kids in middle schools for their PE classes. He is the inventor of DiaGlo, a new brand of LED diabolo sticks that are the currently the lightest, brightest, and most durable on the market. Chris founded the Santa Cruz Juggling Festival in 2009 and hosts Diabolo Jam, a free diabolo meet-up group held in the SF Bay Area.


Austin resident and multiple world record holder Scott Sorensen returns to the Jugglefest stage to amaze one and all with incredible feats.


Zak McAllister, a newcomer at Jugglefest 2015, has left the Lone Star State to train for circus school. He has since performed and competed at IJA events, worked festivals and developed his unique style of object manipulation. We are excited to bring Zak back to Austin as a Special Guest.