[PW] Which entertainer first juggled chainsaws?

d-lien University of Minnesota d-lien at umn.edu
Wed Jan 10 07:47:26 PST 2018

I thought the story of the Flying Karamazov Brothers having juggled
chainsaws was only a rumor, but I just asked my wife, who knows them
from way back when (she worked at the Magic Cellar in San Francisco as
a bartender, ticket taker, and sometime stage manager, back when the
FKBs were starting out and appearing there) and she confirmed that
yes, she  has seen them juggle a small, running chainsaw (only one at
a time, though, as she remembers).  She admits to being horrified and
wanted to talk them out of it.

Unfortunately, she can't put a date to it, except that it was after
their Magic Cellar days (mid to late 70s?), so still don't know if
they were the first jugglers to do something this insane.  But it
sounds plausible.

Dennis Lien (with input from spouse Terry A. Garey) // d-lien at umn.edu

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 9:35 AM, John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 9:54 AM, Jeffrey Pike <jpike at gpl.org> wrote:
> The Flying Karamazov Brothers used to solicit random items to juggle from
>> their audiences.
> How well I remember.  My wife and I went to see them live several times,
> and on one occasion tossed up an item on the stage to be juggled, but it
> wasn't chosen by the audience.  The two most challenging things I saw were
> a pineapple (ouch) and a plastic bag of garbage (very unpredictable
> behavior).
> If a chainsaw had been forthcoming, they would have accepted that challenge.
> Not necessarily.  They always reserved the right to reject any item or to
> modify it.  The bag of garbage had several things removed from it,
> presumably to lighten it.
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