- After staying up through Saturday and into Sunday and travelling
back, I'm sooo tired.
I overheard that this year's Cascade of Stars show was about average
for the IJA. Last year's was extraordinary. Several shows seemed
repeats of things we had seen earlier in the week. Artem Khomanko
did his routine from competition but this time caught the ninth ring
by diving for it. Teams and Seniors Champions Vova & Olga Galchenko
and Thomas Dietz redid their performance. Vova & Olga did a
character reversal with Vova coming out in the pink skirt and hooded
jacket, chewing gum and bouncing around. Cindy Marvell did something
that looked similar to her competition routine. The Flying Karamazov
Brothers did Jazz again. Nicholas Flair did a tumbling cigar box
routine. Tuey Wilson did comedy ball spinning - did ball spinning on
head, mouthstick, both hands and played a kazoo and a party favor at
the same time.
The Flying Wallendas was actually a performance art piece by Jay
Gilligan with a bunch of people objects - 4 people juggling three
balls with elastic bands from their hands to their feet. One person
juggling three inbetween two people facing out with elastic bands
that connected their feet. One person putting together a block
puzzle. One person sitting on the floor rolling balls down to
inclines. One person operating some swinging sicle (sp) objects.
Was a pretty picture - something you would probably see touring
Drew Richardson did a clown act where he dug a hole behind a screen
on stage and threw a bunch of balls in the "hole" and when he took
the screen offstage none of the balls were on the ground.
Vitaliy Khomanko did a rolla bolla routine and played accordian and
then a string instrument on top. Looked like different shaped coffee
cans. Upright can, rolla, upright can, rolla in perpendicular
direction, upright can, two upright cans, rolla board. Afterwards
hear that this is a common Russian trick, but I hadn't seen it before
and thought it was great.
Michael Rosman was MC and put a cup of water on his head and drank
from it without using his hands which involved doing a backwards roll
on the floor. Also did a card trick using a projection screen to
show the cards that got off sync. Cards were shuffling on screen and
cards were falling all over the floor on stage. He did end up with
the volunteer's card though both on screen and stage.
Shea Theater was beautiful - like a deluxe/upscale version of the
Crest Theater with more moulding and carvings and chandeliers in
front of mirrors. Three levels (like the Sacramento Community
Center). Velvet chairs. Marble.
Did more juggling at the gym and then sat around talking and chatting
with people until it was time to go check out of the hotel and go to
And that was Buffalo IJA