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Richard Hartnell -- Contact Juggler


Richard Hartnell is among the most distinguished American contact jugglers.

From the fundamentals to the far reaches, Richard’s grasp of contact juggling technique has earned him places as a coveted instructor and performer across the United States and another eleven countries beyond. He is a co-founder of the Bellingham Circus Guild in Washington State and a resident artist emeritus at some of the Bay Area’s premier studios of prop-based circus arts.

"In the very top percent of contact jugglers skill wise"



From intimate indie stages to tremendous festival fields, Richard has years of experience leaving audiences walking away buzzing about the act. Three stage acts run the gamut from high-energy circus feats to transcendent storytelling acts.


Honed to perfection by hardened street audiences yet smoothly urbane in the parlor, Richard is top-notch at charming close-up audiences and adding flavor and visual ambiance to all kinds of events.


Well-known among fire spinners, Richard is one of a perhaps single-digit number of jugglers known to capably perform the “contact fireball” act. A previous resident artist at one of the world’s most famous fire spinning collectives, he’s within arm’s reach of as many fire spinners as you need, guaranteed.


The Magician

Once upon a time, the "Magician" card in the Tarot deck was known as the "Juggler." Serene, mystical, and resonant, the Magician uses his enchanting powers to bend reality and transport viewers to a realm beyond gravity. This character brings real magic to any event - particularly those of a romantic or fantastic setting.

The Gentleman Juggler

Robed in the classic vest and tie, the Gentleman Juggler stands back and lets the tricks speak for themselves. Clean, witty, genial, and impeccably skilled, he fits in readily at any event, especially corporate events and family gatherings.

Cirque Nouveau

Contemporary circus remains one of the most popular themes for weddings and parties. Whether solo or in a troupe, the "Cirque Nouveau" style always adds spice, romance, and modern fantasy.


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