Juggler Bob Cates
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- Comedian Type: Juggler
- Show/Info: Fun comedy juggling, with amazing balance skills and more! He performs on cruise ships 20 weeks a year for Holland America, Disney, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity.
- Achievements: Most of his performances now are for corporate, association and gala special events, theatres as well as church and ministry events.
- Performs: Bob Cates has been making a living in show business full time since the 90s, beginning shortly after he won the Canadian Juggling Championships. His show features comedy juggling unicycling balancing & plate spinning.
From Farm Boy to Headliner
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 practised hard, learning advanced juggling, uni cycling, balancing skills and performance technique. His passion for performing and the art of juggling continued to develop during his 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, he volunteered for seven months in Lithuania with IFES, the European version of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.
He performs at many fairs, festivals and private events, as well as at every major Busking Festival in Canada. I continue to make a living today in part with headline performances on cruise ships.
Career and life
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!