Page 14 October 1981
Vaudeville has built an impeccable
reputation on the college performance circuit for their exciting and
Cyrus, Flip, Rodger and Jan
are all IJA members. Geno, IJA president, met LocoMotion poolside at
Grossingers Hotel in New
York state. He contributes here the substance of their conversation.
known you for five years, and seen the changes you've made. Would you
review the history of your group and how you got started?
started in 1974 when Cyrus and I first got together at the University of
Massachusetts in Amherst. We juggled three balls each, but really got
into it after going to a local juggling fest. We went our own ways for
the summer when I tried to get into Ringling Brothers Clown College, but
I didn't get accepted and went back to Amherst and Cyrus.
started passing clubs, and then getting jobs. Our
first job was in the school system, where we did seven shows in three
days. It went well, and we decided to try to stay together. Dawn Trina
helped us for a little while at the beginning.
and Cyrus" wasn't a big enough name so we looked in the thesaurus
to find one. We found "locomotion" under' 'movement" and
decided to stick with it.
seems that juggling was the center of everything at first. When did you
get into acrobatics and balancing?
started mostly with juggling and unicycling. Then we saw the Chinese
acrobats from Taiwan and that turned us on to doing other circus arts.
My size and Cyrus's were perfect for hand balancing together.
we worked together for about three years and ended up teaching down at
Ringling Brothers Clown College. Flip was a student there, we met him in
1976, and he joined us a year later. He's been with us since.
started the college circuit in 1975 and I believe you showed up at the
end of that year. So, you've put a lot of time in it. There seems to be
a lot of interest in performing at colleges now, with more and more
jugglers popping up on the circuit all the time. What kind of comments
do you have as far as your college
there are a lot of jugglers moving into the college circuit. I think, in
large part, Cyrus and I opened the door and showed them this market was
there. To get in, you join the NEC, then you showcase at conferences of
college entertainment directors.
But life on the road is no picnic. You have a lot of tough times,
including the occasional all-night drive. I guess a lot of it depends on
how successful you are. The more successful you are, the more you're
traveling without stability or a home base. Your home is your vehicle or
meet a lot of new friends in different places, but the travel is taxing.
We're at that point now, really traveling around. We performed at close
to 100 colleges this year, six to seven months of solid travel. A lot of
people want to see our show.
Cyrus (bottom), Bounce (seated) and Flip
(Pat Donley photo)