The Flame Master is back!

Posted on March 14, 2015
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UPDATE 3/26/15 Look for The Flame Master at the following locations so far:

June 20, 2015 Haywood Public Library, Waynesville, NC
August 5, 2015 Hickory Public Library, Hickory NC

And now for something completely different! Torch, Flame Master of the Universe, came back to perform today for the first time in almost twenty five years.

The event was at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville, NC where he was part of a showcase for the North Carolina public library system. Three other performers showed off their talent as well including two story tellers and Professor Whiz Pop, a local magician who I have had the pleasure of working next to as a street performer in Asheville over the years.

The showcase was at the end of an all day event by the state library system. Librarians from over twelve counties and fifty libraries were in attendance and the show case offered the opportunity to see performers that they might want to hire for their summer reading programs. I have been a regular performer at the Hayood Library for several years now.

My show went great, starting with fire safety lessons and juggling and magic inside and then moving to fire juggling and fire eating outside. Hopefully it will prove fruitful and I’ll book awesome library shows for the summer.



Posted on December 9, 2014
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It was a busy and wonderful weekend with Elves working from Atlanta to Asheville.

Dipsy and Hans entertained guests at two malls this weekend near Atlanta, Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead and the Mall of Georgia in Buford. Papa Elf worked for Santa last week at the two malls and he will be appearing again for the next two weekends.

Meanwhile this weekend, Papa Elf had fun at Black Mountain’s Holly Jolly on Friday and performed at Black Mountain Recreation’s annual Circle of Lights at Lake Tomahawk on Saturday evening after the Christmas parade.






Mall of Georgia Update

Posted on November 11, 2014
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Papa Elf had the pleasure of leading Santa in the Christmas parade at The Mall of Georgia last Saturday. What a great mall! The Elf Opened the evening with a juggling show for a wonderful crowd.

Mall of Georgia

Mall of Georgia

Papa Elf will be at The Mall of Georgia every Sunday afternoon from 11/30 through 12/21.

Papa Elf at The Mall of Georgia

Posted on November 7, 2014
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Papa Elf will be ushering in Santa at The Mall of Georgia this coming Saturday afternoon and evening in Buford Georgia. This is a new client for Mountain Circus Arts and we are thrilled to provide our services to such a great mall.


It’s the most anticipated event of the year…Santa’s arrival!
Mall of Georgia invites families to welcome the arrival of the man in red in the Village from 5 – 9 p.m.! This spectacular celebration includes the Christmas Parade, performances by the Academy of Performing Arts Superstar Dancers, the 50 foot tree lighting and a special Movies Under the Stars screening of Elf on an impressive 55-foot screen! Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Come early, grab a spot and experience this exciting holiday tradition with the entire family!
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If you are interested in being a vendor or participating in the parade please contact Carol Cox at

We will also be there every Sunday from November 30th through December 21st.

We will be at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta every Saturday from November 29th through December 20th.

Spring and Summer

Posted on August 23, 2014
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We’ve had an action packed Spring and summer, thanks to all our wonderful clients! These photos are of us at the recent Gardner Webb University freshman orientation day.




Enjoying a wide range of events!

Posted on May 13, 2014
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Just as I suspected, the new ground layout at LEAF was super cool. The Roots Family Stage, which has been down near the entrance for the last several years, was located up on the hill near family camping. And like I mentioned in my last post, the kid areas were spread out through the grounds giving me plenty of gatherings for entertainment.

The recent flurry of Malls, Universities, festivals, local businesses and parties have has been a blast.

Our next big show will be at Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee NC for an audience of over 800! Please stay tuned, I’ll post more on that event soon.

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Spring has sprung!

Posted on April 17, 2014
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On top of many private parties and gatherings, we are busy with some great events far and wide. Last weekend we entertained with three performers at the Annual Black Mountain Easter Egg Hunt, presented by Black Mountain Rec. The weather was perfect, unlike last year when it was 38 degrees, wet and windy. That Saturday show was followed by me performing at Painter’s Greenhouse for their amazing Herb Festival.
Fire eating Painters 2014
We have two exciting shows coming up in the next week. I’ll be a street performing character at Lennox Square Mall in Atlanta next Thursday from six to nine. They have been working on a new food area and this is a block party to give it a grand opening.

Three of us then travel to Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC the following Saturday night for their annual end of year formal dance extravaganza. The theme is vintage carnival, a perfect fit for us. We’re outside with fire, a mime, juggling, magic and stilts.

Look for us at LEAF again this Spring with appearances at seven stages! The arrangement for kids has been totally re-vamped this year with seven separate areas for kid’s activities throughout the festival. And as a bonus, I get to just stroll for the first time ever at this festival. So instead of thirty minute shows and hour long workshops, I get to go to the different kid areas and just have fun!

Christmas Season is underway!

Posted on December 3, 2013
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Papa Elf started off the season in style with an appearance in the Annual Asheville Holiday Parade on December 23rd. The picture on the front page of the web site is of me walking, running and juggling my way up Biltmore Ave trying to catch up to the llamas!

The season continues this weekend with our annual featured appearance at Biltmore Village’s wonderful Dickens Festival. Mountain Circus Arts characters have been providing lasting memories there for many years and we always see return families who remember us well. Look for Papa Elf on Saturday from 12:30-2:30 pm and on Sunday from 1:30-3:30. This picture is from the olden times before color. The nice kid? A retiree in Florida who still comes every year.


Saturday evening will feature The Elf at Black Mountain Parks and Recreation’s magical Circle of Lights event at beautiful Lake Tomahawk where the lake’s shoreline is surrounded by luminaries. Look for me in the pavilion for magic and juggling, Santa and Newfoundlands! This pic was from last year.


The following two weekends we travel to Atlanta for our third annual appearance at Lenox Square Mall. The mall has just emerged from a major renovation and I’m looking forward to the new set. By the way, that chair at the top of the page? That’s a normal size chair. I always get asked if I am too tall to be an Elf. I tell them we can be a lot less tall when needed and show them the proof with this picture. Most people seem to believe which is not surprising this time of year.

This is the new entrance and a little description. Looking forward to bringing the smiles to Atlanta.


A renovation project is underway at one of the nation’s premier regional malls ties in nicely with both efforts to make Buckhead more pedestrian-friendly and trends toward “walkability” in retail developments.

It’s been busy!

Posted on October 30, 2013
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We’ve had a very busy late summer and fall with private events including birthdays, company gatherings, family reunions, pic nics, theme parks, retirement parties and more. We are well into the public side of our work now with festivals, fall events and the approach of the holidays.

Most recently, we entertained and twisted balloons at the annual Black Mountain Halloween event. We’ve been privileged to work for Black Mountain Rec for many years now. There is a funny video on our Face Book page of me juggling fire.

Earlier this month I performed for three days at LEAF using four characters and five costume changes. Big fun.

I also repeated a nice event for Avery County Schools at the kick off of their pre school enrollment.

This coming weekend finds me at three private parties.

Lake Junaluska’s 100th Birthday Party! UPDATE

Posted on August 11, 2013
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We have the great honor of performing for Lake Junaluska’s 100th Birthday Party on Sunday evening. The history of this amazing place is remarkable and we are proud to be part of this event. Stay tuned for a report.

We are excited to be continuing our wonderful relationship with Black Mountain Parks and Recreation and are looking forward to our annual Holloween and Christmas events. We also have dozens of private parties and corporate gatherings through the fall.

Once again, we will be bringing our clown workshop and fire performance back to LEAF for the Fall Festival during the weekend of October 18th. LEAF is truly one of the great family festivals in the world.

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