Nick Weber

Nick Weber
Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
September 18
Once: Jesuit Priest, Circus Producer, Clown, Actor, High School Performing Arts Teacher. Currently: Sometime connector of certain Dots...........(er, Gifts)


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JUNE 22, 2010 6:44AM

Circus Clowns and Party Clowns

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[Yes, Lou Jacobs had one of the most arresting auguste faces in history. But the tension of the clown drama is in his right hand and he is humble and shrewd enough to know it.]

I was recently gifted with the opportunity to watch a rather inept clown in aRead full post »

JUNE 21, 2010 7:22AM

Bureau Bait

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[John Teeples nails the chair trick at Lincoln Center, 1985]

“Nick, there’s an FBI agent here who would like to speak with you.”

I knew the layout of our lobby in the administration building at the Jesuit Novitiate.  The guy was overhearing one end of this convers/Read full post »

JUNE 18, 2010 7:36AM

Funereal Fluff

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[The elder Nick is on the right.  Neither of us would be caught dead at either of our funerals.]

The old saw that a clown is someone crying on the inside lost its teeth long ago.   Sure greasepaint can cover pain. Sure clowns cry;  they’re human.  But/Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2010 7:37AM

Fields and Open Spaces

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[Another day begins on another field.  Carson and Barnes Circus 1997]

All you really needed was a field next to a viable roadway and near some township.  One afternoon, a guy with a couple of stakes, a chain and some surveyor’s flags would  take some mysterious meas/… Read full post »

JUNE 16, 2010 7:31AM

Happy Trails

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[Carlo and Orlene Gentile are circus performer friends who journeyed to inland China to study circus arts.  They are the latest examples of how that rich culture continues to gift my life.]

Certainly pandas trump carp and rivers trump thruways.  Temples trump towersRead full post »

JUNE 15, 2010 7:50AM

Book Bargains

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[A relic left behind in a used copy of Romeo and Juliet to be discovered by the new owner.]

Just over a year ago I was sitting in a camp on the Serengeti plain where a companion traveler was reading one of the twenty books she’d brought with her.  She/Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2010 7:39AM

Wired Wonders and Mirrored Marvels

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[Mitch Kincannon and I prepare to lock the lid of a 100 gallon steel milkcan filled with water and Kevin Duggan.  Kevin, surrounded by spectators would then dematerialize, pass through the wall of the tank, and rematerialize in less than two minutes. 1976-'77.]

A very handy dialoguRead full post »

JUNE 11, 2010 7:26AM

Shakespeare Without Spotlights

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[My take on a famous playwright who didn't really die in April of 1616, but wanders the world doing his stuff for an audience anywhere.  "Shakespeare, Just For Fun!" 1999]

Once I sat on the apron of a theater I managed and told my acting class about Peter Brook’s littleRead full post »

JUNE 10, 2010 7:33AM

Whinny But Don't Whine

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[Bucko and Dan Rice looking their finest in Florida sunshine, the Market of Marion, January 1993]

Under cover of a December night just off a central Florida back road, two guys unlocked a gate and drove a GMC pickup into a fenced-in paddock and closed the gate.  The bed of/Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2010 8:37AM


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[Sometimes these guys thought they were kites and would fly beyond the circus.  Archie, on L, flew off during a show in Paw Paw, Michigan and returned to us a week later.  Mr. Blue left us for good in Grand Coteau, Louisiana one winter.]


Last year about this time,Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2010 7:32AM


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[Not nearly as scary then as off-leash dogs now.  Jill and I, 1981.]


“And how is it you get to be so gorgeous while the rest of us have to make do with so-so looks?”  Or it could be “I hope she takes you out for a cup of/Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2010 7:15AM

Talented Lady

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[From L, Joe Colon--hiding, John Hadfield and Nina Gray in the fable "Herman and the Night." 1983-84]


Our small circus, like every human group, had to compensate for all the social laws of gravity as well as the one that made wirewalking and juggling such miracles.  Bef/… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2010 7:53AM

Words For Memories


[The word wonder that gave Juliet such lines as "What's in a name" and, of her own name "Had I it written, I would tear the word" never seems to have written his own name the same way twice.]

Maybe you don’t want to know how crazy you are.  If you/Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2010 7:31AM


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[From L, Kevin Cloughley, Kevin Durdt and Carlo Gentile demonstrate their re-cycled bikes in "One-Wheeled Wizardry.  19… Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2010 7:43AM

Playing At Work

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JUNE 1, 2010 7:16AM


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[I'm on the left as  I duke it out with Steve Aveson.  Our "conversation" solved an ego problem through our alter-egos.  Character costumes by Mary Hildebrand Nagler, 1974]


Recently I was trying to write something about the value and difficulty of serious conversatRead full post »

MAY 31, 2010 7:26AM


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[Dave "Happy" Twomey and his liberty act in the Happy Time Circus]


When I first saw Dave Twomey he was watching a circus clown.  Me.  Not even in a shopping center audience could you miss him.  He took up a lot of room in all three dimensions.  But you/Read full post »

MAY 28, 2010 9:13AM


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[Jingle Bells waits and wonders in her chair.]

Circus clowns pay more attention to chairs than most people.  An extensive repertoire of clown tricks centers on chairs: walk-overs, tip- overs, balancing, and fake sits.  Like the other classical comedy props, the newspaper, buck/Read full post »

MAY 27, 2010 7:17AM

Morning Medicine

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[Well, they laughed in Texas.  Carson and Barnes Circus 1996]

Maybe there’s more of the circus clown left in me than I thought.  I was returning a vase in which one of my students had given me a flower.  Not wanting to return it empty, I bought a fresh red/Read full post »

MAY 26, 2010 7:30AM

Drops of Paint

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[John Baker with his drop for "Flowers Are For Giving."]

So many accidents go into the finished product we call a theater production.  These end products are a confluence of who happens to know or know about whom, who has what idea when, and what unlooked for rehearsal surprises ar/Read full post »

MAY 25, 2010 7:30AM

Chopped Liver

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[It's hard to believe, but they even made room for the likes of us at General Motors Institute of Management and Technology, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.]

Last week Bob Herbert wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times, championing/Read full post »

MAY 24, 2010 7:09AM

Full Circle

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[Tommy Roberts and his puppets taught me what college kids would sit--and stand still for.  Sproul Plaza, Berkeley, CA, 1970]


I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect time or place to study theology than Berkeley, California during the 1969-’71 academic years.&Read full post »

MAY 21, 2010 7:38AM


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[Teasing poetry from a piece of cable. Joe Reichlin, 1989]


There are circus acts that are scary to watch and there are scary people with whom to watch circus acts.  One of those folks was Joe Reichlin.  Every circus trick he saw he came back to training quarters and/Read full post »

MAY 20, 2010 7:28AM

The Eyes Have It

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[Oops!  Joe Reichlin just made the photographer disappear.  Kevin Curdt, Doug Rodman and Joe Reichlin, 1987]

As an encore to his current touring stage show “An Evening of Grand Illusion” David Copperfield routinely makes a baker’s dozen of audience members diRead full post »

MAY 19, 2010 7:33AM

Clown Gagged

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[That season it was our formally attired house manager's turn to take a pie in the face.  Mitch Kincannon, 1986-87.]

 In the arsenal of pranks most associated with circus clowns and slapstick comics, perhaps there is a sacred triad: dropping one’s drawers, falling dRead full post »