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The following are excerpts from a variety of interviews.

 

Q:

You've taught at leading circus schools around the world. Do you teach workshops for other groups? If so, for what ages and types of groups?
Barrett: Yes, we tailor the workshops to the specific needs of each group we work with.
Allan: We've run workshops for groups of all levels and all sizes. Specific groups within schools (theater groups, music classes, sports teams, physical education teachers, etc.) have also frequently requested workshops. All workshops are hands-on, organized fun. Juggling is a skill that improves hand-eye coordination, which is a necessary step in the development of any athlete, musician or artist. Workshops are suitable for ages eight to adult.

 

Q:

When did you learn to juggle?
Barrett: My cousin taught me when I was 15. I've never forgiven him for that.
Allan: I learned from my college roommate on my 21st birthday. The best birthday present I ever got.

 

Q:

How much time do you spend on the road?
Barrett: We are available to tour all 12 months and usually spend about five months each year on the road.
Allan: We try not to spend more than two weeks away from home at any one time.

 

Q:

What do you do when you're not juggling?
Barrett: I love traveling and learning foreign languages. I speak nine languages presently.
Allan: No wonder I can never understand what you're talking about, Barrett.

 

Q:

Are you brothers?
Allan: Yes, but not each other's.

 

Q:

How long is your show?
Barrett: Our theater show for family audiences runs 60-65 minutes.
Allan: We are also called upon to perform in other venues that require shows of different lengths.

 

Q:

Have you had any unusual performances?
Barrett: So many, that they don't even seem out of the ordinary any more.
Allan: Two come to mind quickly. On a beach at a Sandcastle festival . . .difficult to get your footing, not to mention the sun in your eyes and wind-blown sand in your face. And in Saudi Arabia where it was tough to judge how the women wearing burkas were reacting. Honestly.

 

Q:

What sets you apart from other juggling acts?
Barrett: We appeal to all ages…kids, parents and grandparents.
Allan: It's great to see three generations enjoying a live event together. Different ages appreciate different aspects of the show. There are great visuals for the younger kids and plenty of laughs for the adults.

 

Q:

You perform a lot of very difficult, unusual and funny juggling - what's the hardest thing you do?
Barrett: Practice, practice, practice.
Allan: Travel, travel, travel.

 

Q:

Why did you choose to become jugglers?
Allan: I thought it would be great to spend my life doing something I enjoyed.
Barrett: My feelings exactly! I'm sorry, what was the question again?

 

Q: Which one of you is better?
Allan: That depends on whom you ask.
Barrett: Ask Allan.
Allan: Barrett!