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'juggler Aristotle posing' (140 kB), photo: Frank
Who is Aristotle?
This question would bring him into deep contemplation.
Is Aristotle a philosopher?
It's still being questioned whether he understands his own words.
Is Aristotle wise?
We haven't been able to find anyone yet, who is able to answer this question.
But we keep looking…
Then what is Aristotle?
Who has seen him will know that he:
  • seldom saw such a good juggler. ("Does he really have only two hands? I 'ld swear I saw three hands").
  • rarely saw such a variety of amusing juggling patterns.
  • was impressed by Aristotle’s (dis-)balance on the high unicycle. ("I thought he was really going to fall").
  • was charmed by Aristotle’s contact with the audience.
  • had to laugh because of Aristotle.
  • has seen a craftsman at work.
But whether Aristotle knows all this…

Often heard remarks:
  • "Would he be just as crazy at home".
  • "Hey, you lost a wheel".
  • " - ".
  • "Oh, I can do that myself".
  • "Oh no, probably not".
  • "Hey, can you take me for a ride".
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'Aristotle with 3 balls' (334 kB), photo: Peter Wolf Aristotle is a master with 3 balls:
Aristotle does more than just show he can juggle 3 balls. He shows an enormes variety of very creative patterns. Patterns with an exceptionally high level of difficulty. Patterns that both fascinate and amuse the audience. He accompanies them with humoristic remarks, and displays them in such a clear way, the audience can actually see what he is doing. What is not entirely clear up till today, is whether Aristotle himself is capable of seeing what he is doing.

Aristotles 4-ball routine is different:
When larger numbers of objects fly through the air, it gets harder for the audience to distinguish all the different patterns. Everything becomes a cloud of balls. But not with Aristotle! It's fascinating to see how the balls seem to be connected to each other in pairs. This way it becomes easier for the audience to see what's happening and harder for him to juggle. Two by two they fly through the air. Hypnotising almost. (At least for Aristotle). 'hat from foot to nose' (246 kB), photo: Petra

What Aristotle does with his hat seems easy:
He admits it himself: the first tricks that he performs with his hat are indeed stylish and funny, but not the hardest. But have you tried them in the wind. And suddenly, out of a throw, all at once the hat stands completely still in balance on his nose. And who thought that was easy.
And after that Aristotle tops it with a throw from his foot to his nose…

'Aristotle with 3 clubs' (439 kB), photo: Peter Wolf Aristotle does remarkable things with 3 clubs:
Aristotle has a exceptionally smooth technique. Like a genuin tai-chi master he lets the clubs circle around him. You may wonder what has happened to gravity. And of course especially his 'Banana-killing' makes one suspect he must have a background in martial-arts. But you don't need to be afraid of Aristotle, because he wouldn't hurt a fly. (Unless you have a strong resemblance with a banana, of course).

'Aristotle riding the uni' (331 kB), photo: Peter Wolf Aristotle does in fact control his unicycle:
When you see Aristotle ride his unicycle, you would believe he might fall off any moment. When he comes close to his audience, it looks even more scary. Still, we have seen for many years that the wheel always stays down, and Aristotle stays up. Long enough to start juggling with burning torches. Even under his leg… 'Oops, didn't catch the diabolo' (519 kB), photo: Marjolein & Yovani

(Aristotle does not control his diabolo all that well, indeed)
But he doesn't want to. Because it's too much fun when things go wrong.

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Rob Jansman  ''Aristotle''  was born in Amsterdam in 1959. Already at young age he showed great interest in the abilities of humans to do more than the ordinairy. ("How to steel a cookie, without your mum noticing it"). The least interested he was always in the things society seemed to prepare him for. ("No, mum, really I didn't get any homework today"). When it turned out that the longexpected holidays did not start after he finally came out of school, he was left with a big dilemma: studying or working. From this dilemma he got releaved when in the summer of 1982 he discovered juggling. The long holidays had finally started.

'Aristotle riding the uni' (331 kB) And Aristotle enjoyed his holidays. He often practised up to eight hours a day, studied all variaties of gravity, and loved killing bananas. He took courses in clowning, theatre en mime, and decided that his audience should stay awake during his show. When he assumed himself to be good enough, he aquired himself a toy-pistol, and started performing on the street and on streetfestivals throughout all of Europe. Gradually he developped more and more of his performer qualities ("I love you all"), and his street-artist qualities ("Give me all your money!").
Between 1986 en 1998 he almost only performed outside of Holland, mostly on the street, but also many times on festivals, parties and weddings. After spending 12 years mostly abroad, he now feels a strong desire to perform more back home in the Netherlands.

'Aristotle posing after a streetshow' (308 kB), photo: Caroline At present Aristotle has survived 36 years of juggling and 33 years of performing throughout all of Europe. He claims that he sometimes knows how to perform a show. He developed a unique style, humor and an excellent jugglingtechnique. (And he also knows by now how to steel that cookie.) Besides that he loves ice-skating, the 'Elfstedentocht', C++, and salsadansing.
Aristotle studies the universe, eats only macrobiotic food, and when he's off duty he is also a human.

Also he has a colour television at home.

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'torches on unicycle' (276 kB) 'always finding support' (251 kB), photo: Sonja Aristotles show is an approximately 25 minute blend of technically high level circus skills, style and fine humor. With the six circus routines his show contains, he manages to amaze his audience with his abilities. And at the same time he knows how to involve his audience in the show, and how to make them laugh with his clowning and his dry remarks. He starts with a diabolo routine (only suitable outdoors), followed by four juggling routines (with 4 balls, one hat, 3 clubs, 3 balls), and finally the finale with burning torches on a high unicycle.
The visitors of your party or festival won't quickly forget it when they have seen Aristotle juggle with 3 balls, or seen him kill a banana.

Aristotle can do his show in dutch, english, or german.

A show of approximately 25 minutes for young and old. Appropiate for indoors and outdoors. (Although indoors sometimes a little shorter if not all parts can be done). Very suitable for festivals, parties, and so on.

Aristotle can be booked for…

  1. One or more performances for full price.
  2. Several performances at reduced price, where Aristotle also collects with his hat.
(Prices at request).

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'torches indoors' (124 kB) "Streetartists can make a show work litteraly everywhere." At least, that's what people often say. That isn't entirely true of course. And how difficult would you like to make it for Aristotle?

Preferred is a workingspace of at least 4 × 3 meters (width × depth). There should also be enough space around this, where the audience can stand. The floor should be reasonably flat, because of the unicycle. Indoors the ceiling should be at least 3½ meters high.

If we cannot make use of daylight, there should be sufficient artificial light. In case of spotlights (which can easily blind a juggler), there should be an opportunity to adjust them properly before the performance.

In case of a large room or a large stage Aristotle should be able to connect his wireless microphone to a PA-system. For other outdoor performances, Aristotle brings his own small amplifier/ loudspeaker.

Hard wind, unsufficient or blinding light, or a difficult floor can make it very hard for Aristotle to deliver a good performance.
'torches outdoors' (310 kB), photo: Sonja

'torches on unicycle' (313 kB), photo: Peter Wolf


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'torches on unicycle' (331 kB), photo: Peter Wolf


For information and bookings:


Peter Wolf, Frank v Dijk, Petra Visser, Marjolein & Yovani, Sonja