Page 6 Summer 1989
Dean of Vegas Jugglers Says It's Time
To Move On
Bill Giduz - Photos by Ginny Rose
was good reason for that, according to Gary Golbart, entertainment
director of the show for the past four years. "His act is a
perfect opening act, especially for that show," said Golbart.
"We cater to an international crowd and Kremo's act transcends
language. His abilities speak for themselves, and he was wonderfully
entertaining on stage. He's more than a juggler, he's an entertainer.
When something works so well you just don't need to change it. I never
personally got tired of watching his act, and that's a good
was the first of four, (later three) acts that the 1,100 people in the
Lido audience saw after the dancers opened the show. He performed up
to 14 minutes of material, and never used more than three objects --
balls, top hats and boxes. Michael Bradshaw, the former Lido company
manager, echoed Golbart's praise, saying, "God knows I've seen a
lot of jugglers in Vegas, but there's no one who can touch Kremo. He
simply takes juggling as a form of entertainment to a different
established a home in Las Vegas -- a rare luxury for international
variety performers. He kept a show horse and enjoyed a stable
lifestyle that included skiing and tennis.
year, however, Kremo got itchy feet. One of the reasons he enjoyed
performing was travel, and after 11 years in Las Vegas he was ready to
be on the move again. Kremo' s departure from the show in April
provided a good opportunity to talk to this gentleman juggler about
his life and show business.
Gaston Kremo, a Swiss citizen, was born in Paris in 1951, and learned
his skill from a determined father, Bela
Kremo. Bela, born in 1911 in Berlin, passed on to his son the
tricks and genes of an internationally famous dynasty of artistes. The
Kremo lineage dates back to the middle of the 19th century, when
predecessors performed risley and horseback riding routines. Bela,
though, specialized in juggling with only three objects at a time --
primarily balls, top hats, cigar boxes.
made sure his two sons and a daughter learned juggling skills, but he
also made sure they got a good education. While the other two children
chose other professions, Kris practiced his juggling during time at a
Swiss boarding school, and began to perform with his father in a
double act in 1970. The synchronized juggling of father and son was
soon eagerly anticipated in variety theatres throughout Europe. Kris
did his first solo shows in 1975, the year before Bela retired. Bela
died in Zurich on Jan. 14,1979, but Kris continues to make sure that
the family name remains
associated with the top echelon of international variety arts.
World" interviewed him shortly before he left Las Vegas this
Is this the end of your 11 years at the Stardust the end of an era in
your entertainment life?
There's always an end and always a beginning. I guess it's a kind of
an end, yes. This is an old show and it's been running for a long
time. I'll be in Monte Carlo through June, then at the new Fuji Hotel
in Atarni, Japan, from July 1 to the end of February. Then I'm going
to open a completely new Lido show in Paris in March
1990 for a year. And in 1991 I'll be with the Swiss national
circus, Circus Knie, again.
could have had a longer engagement with the the Lido, but it's a
special occasion with Circus Knie -- the 700th anniversary of
Switzerland. Circus Knie wants to make a special program with only
Swiss entertainers. Before I came to Vegas, I opened the show at the
Lido in Paris, then I came here with it. So maybe I'll
come back some day with the new show from the Lido again!
I started to feel like I wasn't in charge of my destiny anymore. This
show was supposed to be done many years ago, but they kept extending,
extending, extending. Part of what I like about entertaining is to
travel and see the world. Life goes on and time passes by, and I found
myself in the same place here in Vegas. I had the feeling it was time
to do other things.