This Saturday, we went to see Circus INcognitus at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Circus INcognitus is the brainchild of Jamie Adkins, a native Californian who now makes his home in Montreal with his wife and infant daughter. His wife, Amanda Russell, is his production director. She carries their daughter in an Ergo and the three of them travel together, presenting the show at various places around the world.

He is a clown who juggles, tight rope walks, performs magic, and makes people laugh by his ingenuity. With simple props, such as a chair, a cardboard box, a sheet of paper, some rope, two forks, two grapes, oranges, a melon, and a ladder, he creates an incredibly entertaining 50 minutes of delight, wonder, and fun. It’s a great show to laugh – just laugh while watching – which is an amazing stress reliever and keeps our brains flexible. (No wonder during the Great Depression, escapist comedies and animation movies were number one at the box office.)

After the show, Mr. Adkins participates in a relaxed question and answer period where his most common answer was – practice. How did you learn how to juggle? Practice. How did you learn how to catch certain props with your mouth? Practice. How did you learn to balance? Practice. It’s such an honest answer. (I’ve read from several sources that it takes 1000 hours of practice before you become a master.) He also mentioned the importance of having a mentor when it came to performing some of the more difficult acrobatics of his show – to do things safely. My husband wanted to ask him if he’s broken any bones in his body, but another audience member asked first. Yes, he sprained his ankle and broke a bone on his foot. How? He slipped on a grape and on some cold days, he still feels it. He talked very openly about his experience as a young man who learned how to juggle at 13 years of age and did his first sommersault at the age of 22. At 40 years of age, he defeats the common idea of acrobats retiring at 30 – truly inspirational – do what you love, with care and practice and you can continue to do it for as long as you want.

This show is appropriate for all ages. There is a short talk before the show, the show is 50 minutes long, and the talk back is 20 minutes long. Mishy sat in the theatre for 1.5 hours – her first time seeing a full production.

After the show, being inspired, she tried to walk all over the restaurant we ate at. (We stopped in across the street at Mezza – which offers 10% to theatre patrons – just present your ticket stub. It’s mediterranean food and delicious.)


Circus INcognitus at the Kirk Douglas Theatre for a very limited run,

January 15th at 11AM & 3PM; January 16th at 3PM, January 22 at 11AM & 3PM; January 23 at 3PM

All tickets $20. $10 for KDT members.