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Carnival of Dreams, Mar 15 at The Juggling Gypsy Cafe


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Carnival of Dreams 2013
All ages, public event
Friday, March 15, 2013
8 pm – 2 am
Admission: $7
The Juggling Gypsy Café
1620 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC, 28401

Carnival of Dreams is Wilmington’s chance to be a part of the circus and to support what is innovative in the art world: the odd, the beautiful, the grand scale, and what’s on Fire! in our own backyards.

Be a part of the carnival and throw flaming darts, have your Fortune told, jump on the Trampoline of Terror and enjoy the fire dancers and more at this fundraiser to assist participating artists in generating additional funding for the creation and execution of new and interactive public art.

Just added! Sideshows!!


Carnival of Dreams is Wilmington’s chance to be a part of the circus and to support what is innovative in the art world: the odd, the beautiful, the grand scale, and what’s on Fire! in our own backyards.

Carnival of Dreams 2013 is a fundraising event for artists of the Cape Fear area and beyond, to assist participating artists in generating additional funding for the creation and execution of new and interactive public art.

Artist Mezza9, describes Carnival of Dreams as “community building through art and an opportunity for individual expression where no idea is too wild!”

This one-day interactive event, open to the public, is held for the purpose of generating physical and financial resources for juried art projects. A flaming dart throw “Mr. Imagine’s Amazing Bizarrium Balloon Boom” and the Fortune Telling Confessional Booth are de rigueur. There is also rumored to be a trampoline of fire, a spinning wheel of death, sledgehammer and more in the works. The offerings at this event will be of similar ilk: carnival games with rewards by the community of artists, bohemians, fire spinners, sideshow performers, jugglers, singers, and belly dancers who frequent the Juggling Gypsy; making the entire event a colorful spectacle of the splendor of Wilmington’s Fringe. Translation: superb people watching!

This eclectic and energetic tribe invites the public not only to attend and view what‘s up-and-coming but also to participate: jump on the flaming trampoline, ride the enormous see-saw, throw the flaming darts to pop the balloons; and take your chances!

Although the primary placements of this art will be at two unique grassroots festivals in North Carolina, most of them are intended as public art and will have many innovative showings in the area over a lifespan. The value of public art to our community can not be underestimated. This event is a vehicle for generating the additional funding and manpower to generate the completion of projects that have been selected for their interactivity, innovation and general wow! factor by a jury of the artists’ peers.

This event is unique for its artists’ collaboration and community support. These artists support and encourage each other. As public art projects, there’s not likely a monetary or consumer goal for the creators. Instead the art is fueled by passions and convictions that the world can be our design. The grand scale of the projects lend them ultimately to the possibility of travel to Burning Man.

Art and Artists:

These enigmatic and talented artists have conjured and are spearheading this event. They have diverse backgrounds but share common values of decommodification, sustainability, regeneration and practice the 10 principles set forth by Burning Man.

Each artist is available for interview. To give a taste of what will be offered, we offer you some highlights:

Balloon Boom
Balloon Boom, Mr. Imagine’s Amazing Bizarrium, and Sebastian Gomez of Creative Flame

Armed with a blow horn and fiery darts, Bizarre Entertainment will showcase their pyrotechnics with the crowd pleasing game “Balloon Boom”, an elemental inspired carnival game part of Mr. Imagines Amazing Bizarrium. Spectators will be dazzled by the lady of the house Lacey Blaze, to take a try at popping the balloons with darts of fire. Every balloon popped will help with the creation of new games and rides for Mr. Imagines Amazing Bizarrium.
Donations to construct Mr. Imagines Amazing Bizarrium can be paid directly through PayPal at

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Jessica Foote ( Lacey Blaze) teamed with Jason Barbour, are professional fire manipulation performers and founders of Bizarre Entertainment, an eccentric collection and assortment of captivating entertainers specializing in sideshow and fire performance arts since 2005. Based Wilmington and performing all over North Carolina for various venues and festivals, they began their idea if an interactive performance sideshow that

“allowed us to tamper with the very thread that binds your wildest imagination and your greatest fears” – Lacey Blaze

Wilmington’s fringe pioneer, extraordinary-world reknown juggling and fire performer and head gypsy at the Juggling Gypsy, Sebastian Gomez ignites his prospective donors with the flaming Trampoline of Terror – its premier public trial.

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Sebastian Gomez

Sebastian (Bash) Gomez has attached fire to over 30 separate juggling apparatus, including some more nonconventional items…Some of which include the Maori Fire Chains, A 6′ Fire Staff, a Flaming balancing chair, Fire eating torches, and fire diabolo. He created his own performance troupe, Creative Flame Company, which has attracted attention from international clients & festivals.
In 2004, having performed feats of fire throughout 20 countries including the Middle East, most of North America, Europe, Mexico and the Carribbean, and always in search of a new challenge, Sebastian partnered with friend and coperformer, Marcy Whipkins to create A second Base near The east Coast Film Studios in Wilmington, NC. They created a Circus arts and musical entertainment venue called the Juggling Gypsy, which is still in operation to this day, attracting music, cirque, and fringe entertainment acts from across the world.


His passion for the combustible arts has recently led him into Creating flammable propane-based stationary art, music-reactive fire apparatus, firewalking, and Pyrotechnic / Fireworks displays and manipulation.

Artist Mezza9
Artist Mezza9

Studio Nebulon presents fine art visionist painter, Mezza9’s “Pollen Path: Beehive Discoballs” fundraiser: a Fortune Telling Confessional Booth. Unload your baggage and misdoings in the confessional or have your fortune revealed by a madman, um, shaman.

Mezza9 will be painting live. Chance to win an original work with $20 raffle tickets for the finished art.

Mezza9 on stilts at Cameron Art Museum
Mezza9 on stilts at Cameron Art Museum

Stilt dancer, too, Mezza9 will be on hand to talk about the Beehive Discoball project that has been a two year journey so far.

The Beehive Disco Balls
bring an element of her paintings into 3-dimensions in a glowing, spinning interactive lighting to dance under. Her fundraising benefits the lighting mechanisms and transportation of six foot tall, space-age and steam-punk, Buckminster Fuller inspired disco balls made of aluminum and repurposed metals. These have received Creativity Grants and a successful Kickstarter.

This grand scale public art brings environmental awareness of the importance of bees and the glitz of the disco together with the strongest building block in nature: the hexagon. Buckminster Fuller himself would have supported this strange marriage of things. and on Kickstarter:

Sideshow Joe LoRusso
Sideshow Joe LoRusso

Sideshow Joe LoRusso, inventor of the UFO flying, spinning, fire machines, which are currently under patent consideration and pending kickstarter funding will be onsite demonstrating his firespinning and metallic drums.

Live project on Kickstarter:

“This fire toy is in a category of its own. Part rope dart, part Frisbee, part yo-yo. This flow toy works upon the principles of gyroscopic motion.”

More artists & their projects TBA.


special guest


Watch this post for updates.

CARNIVAL OF DREAMS 2013. Deadline for application is March 3rd. The concept is simple. A carnival style event where the general public comes to participate in carnival style games for a small fee per play. They support your project by playing your game. At your area, you do not have to have your finished project ready. Think scale model, artistic rendition, skeleton frame, etc, that you can show the people who may wish to support your project.

Link to application: Carnival Of Dreams: Application Guideline


There will be fire dance performances throughout the evening. Music. Mayhem.

Donate Now

Can’t attend or want to donate to these projects collectively? Donations accepted by Pay Pal to

Corporate sponsors write to

For information and interviews of the artists, contact:

Jessica Foote ( Lacey Blaze) and Jason Barbour, Bizarre Entertainment,

Sebastian Gomez 310-720-7201,
Mezza9 910 515 1328,


Images: Mezzanine Stiltdancing; Hooping; Firehooping; Hoop Dance; Hooping on Stilts

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NHL – pre-game fun! 8 stilt walkers with hockey sticks “Sharks vs Kings”

NHL Pregame fun! 8 stilt walkers
Sharks vs Kings

San Jose, California

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… always hooping….

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Care Project Fundraiser at the Cameron Art Museum

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Photography of the Care Project Fundraiser at the Cameron Art Museum,  Wilmington, North Carolina — by Side Yard Studios

September 15, 2012

Creative Flame performed at the Cameron Art Museum during the Care Project fundraiser. The event was well attended and there was a silent and live auction of art, amazing spread of food and gorgeous plates of pastries and fresh fruits by Sugar on Front, a band and of entertainment by Bash Gomez, Ali Avalon, Sideshow Joe and Mezza9. for booking

We did a series of vignettes, both inside near the stage and outside in the courtyard. The Cam has lovely high ceilings for stilt dancers! We enhanced the burlesque/carnivale theme. The night was beautifully clear and warm and I could not think of better company than the pros Bash and Ali! They are professional performers with a lot of experience under their pirate-y belts!

If you’d like to know more about booking for Fire or Circus performance, they will be glad to talk with you. They travel far and wide. They hoop, juggle, do fire performance, and more skill and flow toys than I can name; and are real good folk.

This is an odd pic for sure. I’m stilt dancing and hooping – what you don’t see are all my twirly thoughts (nervous a bit) about the line up of wine bottles, folks in their best dress, dj equipment, stage/musician equipment… host… all of the wonderful things my hoop could fly out and hit… Otherwise I had a great time!!

There are more photos out there of this event – including Sideshow Joe – if ya know of any, please write me with them and your thoughts to Or comment here — I’d love to find out where the professional photos are & any other tidbits about this event.


Hooping from the Hoop’s point of view at Burning Man


Alex and Alyson Grey, and Stilt Dancing at Area 51 visionary art event in Atlanta

~~~~ MEZZA9 on STILTS ~~~~

Hey dear ones!   I am eKstatic to be performing on stilts with my hoops at this event!
I went last year and danced among the jellyfish and the aerial performers. Just amazing. Indoor/outdoor setting in Atlanta was super fun. Got to hang with the lovely Jaime Chandra and met some great folk, including the beautiful Ste-fuh-nee. And danced the night away to one of my fave DJ’s, “Medisin”.  I could go on… great fire spinning by InSpiral… wonder-full… oh yeah, and there’s these amazing artists there… ALEX & ALLYSON GREY

Have a blessed day and hope to see you inn Atlanta!

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  • SATURDAY @ The QUAD 7pm to 6am
  • Buy your advance tickets here:
    Alex & Allyson Grey visit Atlanta to celebrate their 2nd Annual Visionary Arts Fair of Atlanta. Come join Area 51 Presents for a night of visionary art, live paintings and performances, live music bands, food and fun.

    Alex and Allyson Grey are internationally known visionary artists. Their paintings are powerful, complex and evoke a deep, positive resonance in viewers. Don’t miss this opportunity to share in a truly inspiring visionary event.
    Jonathan Talat Phillips: author of “The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic,” cofounder of The Evolver Network and Reality Sandwich. He will present “Aliens, Ayahuasca, & The Ancient Mysteries.”

Full Day & Night Indoor/Outdoor event.
Location: Friday Oct 19 / 8pm to 2am
King Plow Arts Center
887 West Marietta Street Northwest Atlanta, GA 30318
QUAD: Sat Oct 20 / 7pm to 6am
714 Spring Street NW, Atlanta GA 30308

ART BAZAAR, food, fun and performances. Plan to stay all day and all night, it will be worth it!!
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Aesthetic Cataclysm
World Body Painting Champions – Scott Fray & Foxy Moxy
Neon Armour
Jonathan Singer – Live Visual Artist –
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Eli Reiman
Nicole Tierra
Melissa Coffey
Sky Gym’s McKinley
Imperial OPA
Elemental Expressions – fire troop from Miami
Howie the Great – magician

Sensua Players – Atlanta

Chronicles Of LandSquid
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Mithra (w/members of Isness)
Bouncy House
Swami Gone Bananas
DJ So Fly
The Expand Band
Copius Jones
Twisted Enigma
Groove Stain
Justin Majors
Dharma Bombs
Tem Noon
Cristal Arcade

Partners: Evolver Atlanta, Evolver Asheville, & Reality Sandwich
Many more to be announced!
Costumes and participation is Requested
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