August 28, 2006

There’s an obit in today’s Age of Reg Bolton. I had never heard of him, but he was clearly a highly thought of circus performer and teacher and is credited as being one of the pioneers of ‘new’ circus both in the UK and Australia. I have always been fascinated by circuses to the extent of even once auditioning for Jerome Savary for his Grand Magic Circus- one of the great modern circuses, so I got onto the computer to check up on Reg’s books. Following the links about his first book Circus in a Suitcase, I found myself reading the blog of Toby Philpott. Toby was a juggler and magician who I knew in London in the early 1970’s and who taught me to juggle and to do ‘close-up’ magic. The Web, and particularly blogs, have been a wonderful source of information on and contacts for friends and acquaintances from the distant past. I get great pleasure in finding out what people who I once knew are now doing. Toby, as I discovered has added puppetry to his repertoire. I am amused to read that amongst other things, he was the tongue and left hand of Jabba the Hut and the leaves and tendrils for Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. You learn something everyday!


Hello world!

August 14, 2006

This is my first post on what I intend to be a blog of idle thoughts of an idle mind. Perhaps I should have called this blog “The Devils Playground” as in “an idle mind is the devil’s playground” except that I am not a Catholic and would feel guilty stealing someone else’s metaphor.