Quidamburgh, n’at.

I took my father to see Quidam on Wednesday, the Cirque du Soleil show that runs only until Sunday at the Petersen Events Center.

Like all Cirque shows, this one was filled with jaw-dropping stunts, hilarious “clowns” so funny they made me cry all my makeup off, beautiful ethereal music, and it sent you home with the desire to exercise for 36 hours straight after watching such perfect, lithe, strong, toned bodies for three hours.

There is a performer in Quidam,a Burgher named Pat McGuire who plays the role of the father and who performs a juggling act during the show. Pat is beyond talented, because I don’t know if you know this, but juggling is impossible. When I was a teen or maybe even in my twenties, I spent almost an entire day trying to teach myself how to juggle and I got as far as NEGATIVE NOWHERE! Abject failure. I think it might be that, you know, inner ear thing that also prevents me from successfully parallel parking or curling.

The Patch has a great video of Pat up where he talks about juggling in Pittsburgh and also gives a few tips on becoming a good juggler. Pat says juggling is as easy as making an X in front of your body. LOL. Liar liar pantalones en fuego, amigo. Pat also says there is a juggling club in Pittsburgh.

Man, I oughta go to a meeting and write about it for the magazine. It will be the only time I’ll be able to get away with writing, “Oh, BALLS!” without my editor taking it out. Probably.

Pat put a Pittsburgh tribute video up on YouTube and it is a must-see as he juggles in all of Pittsburgh’s best-known locales.

Check it out, Wendy Bell:

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I think I love him, you guys. Hard.



  1. Gina
    October 14, 2011 10:46 am

    That was awesome – I love it!

  2. Beatrice
    October 14, 2011 10:53 am

    So great!

  3. George
    October 14, 2011 11:42 am

    Now that simply put is fantastic!

  4. AngryMongo
    October 14, 2011 11:47 am

    loved the music, alone.
    In high school, we did Barnum for our musical. I learned to juggle, spin plates, crack a bull whip, etc. Hell, we even had trapeze artists swinging on stage. Sadly, a combination of age, gravity and Sheetz food has stripped me of all my abilities.

    Awesome stuff.

  5. Butcher's Dog
    October 14, 2011 12:00 pm

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: pound for pound the Cirque folks are the best athletes in the world. Consider strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and the rest and no one comes close, IMHO.

  6. Scott
    October 14, 2011 1:04 pm

    I think I speak for the men here when I say…unimpressed. Juggling balls is easy. I do it all the time. Heck, so do a lot of ladies.

  7. red pen mama
    October 14, 2011 1:37 pm

    Quidam was my first Cirque du Soleil [sic] show. Fond memories. I can’t juggle for crap, myself. Thanks for the video!

  8. Christina
    October 14, 2011 2:37 pm


  9. bucdaddy
    October 14, 2011 2:51 pm

    Meh. I’ve seen the guys who work behind the counter at Primanti’s juggle 20 orders at a time.

  10. Butcher's Dog
    October 14, 2011 2:59 pm

    @bucdaddy: Yeah, but none of the Cirque stuff hits the floor.

  11. Schuyler
    October 15, 2011 9:29 pm

    Our middle school has a juggling club as well … lots of kids are VERY involved! I, myself, can’t juggle two items without dropping something, so I’m obviously not involved in it. However, if you ever want a kids club take on things, let me know!