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Circus Themed Entertainment in Calgary

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It’s been a busy couple months for circus in Calgary. Lots of people looking to bring the thrill of the circus to their events and festivals. I’ve had the chance to perform the following acts:

★ Fire Eating & Fire Manipulation
★ Stilt Walking
★ Kids Circus Workshops
★ Bare Foot Glass Walking
★ Blade Swallowing
★ Block Head
★ Angle Grinder
★ and Fire Dancing

Thank you so much to all the amazing organizers that worked so hard on these events, you guys made my month.

Here are some fun photos that feature my circus costumes. Fancy 🙂

Kids Day Camp Show and Workshop

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Performance: Kids Day Camp Show and Workshop
Client: Sandstone Christian Day Care
Skills: Prop Manipulation, Poi, Hoops, Juggling
Date: July 24, 2012

Last week I was invited to come perform for a day camp group. After a fun 20 minute show we did an hour long circus workshop and all the kids were so cute and well behaved I was in shock.

Interested in booking a circus workshop for your event? Check out KidsCircusWorkshops.com for more information on getting us into you school, daycare or festival

Tips to Book More Gigs – Part 1 "Doing it Online"

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Carisa Hendrix's act at the Garden Variety Show

Photo taken by the talented Doug Wong, of Carisa Hendrix’s act at the Garden Variety Show in May 2012

We find this same issue everywhere. From catering to comedy. From marketing to music. From education to entertainment.

Some people are very busy, and others struggle for gigs. What can be really frustrating is that it’s not always the most talented, most experienced or most well connected who are the busiest. So what is it? Lucky? Nepotism? Black Magic?

Well, maybe a little.

But experts will tell you, the people who are busiest in their fields are often the ones who market themselves and promote their personal brand the most effectively. And in our modern world, that means a multi-pronged, multi-media approach to selling yourself as a performer.

Whatever your style of performance, be you Magician, Fire Dancer, Aerialist or whatever, we hope you will find at least some of the points in this 3 part article series helpful. OK, let’s get into it.

Part 1 “Doing it Online”

The three most important elements that will help you get gigs online.

Social Networking

We’ve all heard that Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs are an effective way to get new eyeballs to your site. However, many of us forget to update or don’t put the time into creating attractive banners and backgrounds.

It’s not enough to just have a social network, you should aim to provide your followers with new content, maintain good web edict and put the time into making them look “real purdy”.

Websites

In the age of social media do we need a website at all. YES!

Facebook and Tumblr are becoming an excuse to not spend the time and money on a dedicated performance site. Here’s something to consider:

Yellow pages are on the decline except for use as booster seat. People are going Googling for the things they are want. A well dressed website will set you apart as one of the bigger, better fishes in the Google sea and without the design restrictions of social platforms you can represent your personal brand in the most effective way possible.

Just like in the real world, your online self needs a home to call your own. Not only will a well designed site help establish your professionalism, it can also be optimized to pull in a serious qualified search engine’s traffic.

SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the buzz of all web marketing circles. The way people talk about it sometimes can feel overwhelming and a bit scam-y, but it is an important part of creating a web presence and drawing in new traffic to your site.

Firstly, a quick definition. SEO is simply the process of making a site more visible or higher ranking on various search engines, Google being the usual focus.

This is important because many people search for entertainers via these engines and most will only click through the first few sites until they find what they are looking for. According to data from the Chitika network, the #1 search result will get twice as many click throughs as the second on average.

So what can you do? Here is a quick and dirty list of effective ways to boost SEO:

  • Pick a Keyword Rich Domain Name – You may have your heart set on some clever URL for your site, but search engins prefer the clarity and straightforward nature of keyword based domains. Tip: Use Google Adwords’ keyword suggestion tool to help identify the top searched words in your field.
  • Add a Blog – Blog posts create fresh content for your site and add pages, both qualities that search engines love.
  • Keep it Speedy – Buy reasonably good hosting and keep your site from suffering “code bloat”. Search engines are as impatient as people and like a site that loads in second or preferably milliseconds.
  • Keep it Focused – Aiming for top ranking on more specific search terms will serve you better than broad ones. For example if you are a Magician in Seattle you would be better off optimizing your site for those term than more general ones like “entertainer” or “magic”.

Start Tuned for Part 2 “Doing it IRL” coming out next week and feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below.

This article was created with the help and expertise of marketing experts and very savvy professional entertainers, you know who you are, thank you.

Originally posted at Firepedia

Fire Eating at the Distillery in Calgary

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Performance: Fire Eating Performance
Client: Danika Demonika Challand
Skills: Fire Eating, Dance
Date: March 30, 2012

There is a very fun event organized by fashion designer Danika Demonika Challand called Demonika’s Symphony of Horrors and I am a huge fan.

I have had the honor of performing at almost every single one of their event and for this particular event I ate fire with a post apocalyptic style.

Nimble Twins, Blast from the Past

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In the summer of 2009 SaFire and I toured Canada as the Nimble Twins. We had a blast doing street shows, as exhausting as it was, and ended up with some hilarious vlogs to show for it. Here they are for your enjoyment.


#1 “Let’s Go” posted Jul 25, 2009


#2 “Meeka Gets a Bath” posted Jul 26, 2009


#3 “Magic Lemonade” posted Jul 27, 2009


#4 “How we Met” posted Jul 27, 2009


#5 “I’m like a Bug” posted Jul 29, 2009


#6 “No Rules” posted Jul 30, 2009


#7 “3D Tetris” posted Jul 31, 2009


#8 “WTF Juice” posted Aug 1, 2009


#9 “Too Many Pancakes!” posted Aug 2, 2009


Us on SXE Phil time code 0:27

Glossary of Skills & Acts

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[staff name=”Angle Grinder” position=”Fire Arts & Sideshow Stunt ” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/imgres-150×150.jpeg”] The spinning blade of a power tool comes dangerously close to vital parts as the dancer grinds metal plates on the body producing an incredible spray of bright sparks.

    • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]3-5 minute Act[/div]
    • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Act to Music[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Balloon Artist” position=”Roving Style Act” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/ballons-150×150.jpg”] A Balloon artist can add wonderful fun to any event. Children have the opportunity of asking for a customized toy made specially for them in front right before their very eyes. There is magic in the act of watching a balloon take shape and life.

      • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]Rates are hourly[/div]
      • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Themed balloon sets including zoo, space, princess & fairy, dinosaurs, super heros and medieval. [/div]
      • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]Adult themed ballons are available upon request[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Blade Swallowing” position=”Magic Trick & Sideshow Stunt ” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/blade-150×150.jpg”] Imagine a girl on stage with an unopened pack of sharp razor blades. An audience member inspects the blades carefully before the entertainer proceeds to swallow each blade. It is a thrilling and amazing act.

        • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]10-15 minute Act[/div]
        • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Block Head” position=”Sideshow Stunt ” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/33523_415579116435_525940_n-150×150.jpeg”] Block head is a dangerous and classic act of the old circus sideshow where nails, pins or spicks are forcibly shoved into the skull via the nasal cavity. It is a challenge to watch but once you do you can’t look away. It’s weird, gross and some have said entrancing act.

          • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]10-15 minute Act[/div]
          • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Fan Dance” position=”With Fire, Glow, Cultural or Contemporary” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/fire-fan-150×150.jpg”] A fan dance is a dance performed with one or more fans. This form has been adapted in various countries. The Korean fan dance, for example, evolved from Joseon Dynasty court dances and remains a popular form of traditional Korean dance. The Spanish or Portuguese flamenco makes dramatic use of fans.

Fan Dance is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, contemporary or classic Cultural Fans.

            • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
            • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Solo or Duo Acts[/div]
            • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Suggested theme pairing: Tribal, Cultural Events, Burlesque or Vegas. [/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Fire Breathing” position=”Sideshow Stunt & Fire Dance” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/dsc_0680-150×150.jpeg”] Fire breathing is an excellent finally to any show.

It can be performed quite safety, with a fire permit and is appropriate for many themes and event styles including circus theme, carnival, medieval, Mardi Gras and Arabian Nights.

              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Fire Eating & Fire Manipulation” position=”Sideshow Stunt & Fire Dance” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/428802_10151870171680316_876951551_n-150×150.jpeg”] Fire eating and other contact fire tricks, such as lighting one’s forearm or tongue, are all part of the realm of fire manipulation. This is a beautiful and dangerous style of performing as old as theater itself.

It can be performed quite safety indoors with a fire permit and is appropriate for many themes and event styles including circus theme, carnival, medieval, Mardi Gras and Arabian Nights.

              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Glass Walking” position=”Sideshow Stunt ” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/glass-feet2-150×150.jpg”] Glass walking is a dangerous and classic act of the old circus sideshow. Bare feet in real shards of broken glass, she walks, she jumps, she dances across the shards. An act not to be missed!

              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]10-15 minute Act[/div]
              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Hoop Dance” position=”With Fire, Glow or Contemporary” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/hoop-150×150.jpg”] Hoop Dance is a high impact, high energy performance dance style that is wonderful to watch. In contrast to the classic toy hula hoop, modern hoopers frequently rotate the hoop around parts of the body other than the waist, including the hips, chest, neck, shoulders, thighs, knees, arms, hands, thumbs, feet and toes and create complicated trick combinations that are incredibly engaging to an audience.

Hoop Dance is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, or Contemporary Hoop.

                • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
                • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music [/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Kid’s Circus Play-Shop” position=”Children’s Entertainment” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Circus_workshop-150×150.jpg”] Children wander into a colourful display of interesting circus props. They are free to play with things they may otherwise never have have the opportunity to see and there is always a coach on hand to show them a few tricks and tips.

                  • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists have experience working with children and background checks[/div]
                  • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As casual circus station or a full class [/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Poi Spinning” position=”With Fire, Glow, Cultural or Contemporary” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Fire_show-colog-150×150.jpg”] Poi Spinning is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, contemporary or classic Cultural Poi. Poi originated with the Māori people of New Zealand, where it is still practiced today and involved the spinning of balls on the end of rope of chain in rhythmic dance.

                    • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
                    • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Solo or Duo Acts[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Staff Spinning” position=”With Fire, Glow, Cultural or Contemporary” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/staff-150×150.png”] Staff spinning is an art form native to a few cultures, most commonly known from the Polynesian Fire dancers. Also known as deeblesticks, it involved a great deal of the techniques derived from martial art forms such as bo and jo stick, eskrima and aikido.

Staff Spinning is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, Contemporary or classic Cultural Staff.

                      • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
                      • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Solo or Duo Acts[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Stilt Walking” position=”Roving Act” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/stilt-150×150.jpg”] A stilt walker can add to the atmosphere and sense of occasion at an event. It also provides guests with a wonderful photo opportunity.

A large variety of characters are available and we are always happy to custom design something for your event. Just ask.

                        • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]Rates are hourly[/div]
                        • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Up to 5 Rovers[/div]
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