Juggler Bob Cates
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- Comedian Type: Juggler
- Show/Info: Fun comedy juggling, with amazing balance skills and more!
- Achievements: The show has taken Bob to places far and wide, including France, England, Russia, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, and around Canada and the US.d
- Performs: Comedy juggling unicycling balancing & plate spinning
From Farm Boy to Headliner
Bob Cates has been making a living in show business full time since 1995, beginning shortly after I won the Canadian Juggling Championships. His timing was perfect since they were discontinued after that year!
Learning to juggle with tennis balls as a teenager, he was a relative late starter to be considered a real contender for the Canadian Juggling Championships, let alone a full-time professional. But he practiced hard, learning advanced juggling, uni cycling, balancing skills and performance technique. His passion for performing and the art of juggling continued to develop during my 5 years of post-secondary education, earning a diploma from the Baptist Leadership Education Centre in Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. After university, I volunteered for seven months in Lithuania with IFES, the European version of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.
Following his return to Canada in 1995, he began performing full time. In the mid to late 1990s, I performed at many fairs, festivals and private events, as well as at every major Busking Festival in Canada. In 2000, I started performing on cruise ships 20 weeks a year for Holland America, Disney, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity. I continue to make a living today in part with headline performances on cruise ships.
Career and life
But most of my performances now are for corporate, association and gala special events, theatres as well as church and ministry events.
In 2007, Bob married his dream girl Jane who in fact had hired him for a show. Since then, they have been business partners, making it a family business as she works behind the scenes in many ways, as well as on the stage. Even our 7 year old son gets in on the act sometimes! In the first ten years of marriage together the show has taken Bob to places far and wide, including France, England, Russia, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, California, Alberta, BC, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and even Hamilton!