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Old 11-09-01, 07:20 PM   #61
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Well, it has happened again: Another fine newspaper article. This time in the Evening Herald (Dublin, Ireland) - (Thurs Nov 8,01) Byline Linde Naughton

Enjoy,

Bill "Stretch" Coleman

STILTWALKER'S NEW RECORD <ep>
One man hard to ignore at the adidas Dublin Marathon was Bill "Stretch"
Coleman.<EP>
He was the guy on stilts, a 48 year old window cleaner and clown from
Denver, Colorado, who believes in "walking tall and stretching
imaginations". <EP>
This was Bill's second trip to Dublin, and the good news is that he did
finish before dark. Indeed his time of 8 hrs 53 mins was one and a half
hours faster than in 1999. <EP>
It also meant he raised $5,878.20 for the Arthritis Foundation Joints in
Motion charity, putting him third on their list and earning him a special
crystal glass award. <EP>
For the race, he had dressed carefully. "I wore my ostrich plumed top hat
and yellow and red striped clown shirt accessorized with green gloves and a
bright pink feather duster".<EP>
Once started, the weather was a factor. "A strong head wind forced me to go
faster to maintain any kind of momentum. The cross wind was the worst,
bringing me to a halt two or three times, and forcing me to crab walk, or
walk sideways to keep my bearings."<EP>
Bill reached halfway in 3:19.54, by which time the race winners would have
already had their showers and a cup of tea. He then slowed down
drastically.
"By the seventeenth mile, my feet were heavily blistered. By the nineteenth
mile, the blisters had torn open and my feet were raw and shredded."<EP>
At that point, Bill was forced to stop and get his feet taped. "Although it
took 40 minutes to locate tape and apply it, it allowed me to continue.
Jerry, my partner, met me at the 20 mile mark and walked with me to the
finish. Good thing too - for parts of the last mile and a half, I took
Jerry's hand
to stay upright!"<EP>
Amazingly, there were still 26 people out on the course when Bill finished
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and they weren't on stilts.<EP>
Apart from losing his hat, he had less adventures this time. "I didn't get
lost at all, let alone twice! And I never did find that kid that tried to
pull my pants down."<EP>
His only regret was that while in Dublin, he never got to see the circus.
<EP>
Maybe next time <EP>
* See pictures of Bill's Dublin adventure at Stiltwalker.com. <EP>




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Old 11-16-01, 06:59 AM   #62
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And AGAIN! This time in Westword, Denver's fine alternative weekly. Enjoy!
http://www.westword.com/issues/2001-...l/1/index.html

Stars, stilts and stripes: More than 2,000 job-hunters showed up at the Denver Post-Rocky Mountain News Career Fair at the Marriott DTC this
past Monday -- a sign of these unemployed times -- but not one of them was
nine feet tall. That's because Bill Coleman, aka Stretch, the amiable
stiltwalker who was kicked out of a previous Post-News fair at the Pepsi
Center, was too busy to test his luck again ("Walking Tall," July 19).

"I had other things I had to do and just didn't have time for it," says Coleman,
who supplements his window-cleaning business with stiltwalking and
giant-puppet performances. Coleman had arrived at the July 9 job fair
wearing his nine-foot-tall, red-white-and-blue Uncle Sam outfit and looking
for gigs; over the last five years, he's worked hundreds of events, including
company picnics, parades and festivals, business grand openings and holiday
parties. The job-fair promoters didn't appreciate his act, though, or the fact
that he was handing out his resumť and business card in the Pepsi Center
parking lot. They told him to take a hike -- him and the stilts he rode in on.

Had Coleman shown up at Monday's job fair, bigwigs would have been
hard-pressed to boot him this time, considering that Uncle Sam has enjoyed
quite a surge in popularity in the last few months. Then again, Coleman says
he hasn't been promoting his Uncle Sam character too much lately, partly
because he's been preparing for and recovering from stiltwalking his way
through the Dublin Marathon, which took place last month. (Coleman won an
award at the marathon, which benefits arthritis research, for raising the
third-highest amount of money; unfortunately, the prize itself, a crystal box,
didn't X-ray well and had to be hand-inspected at Gatwick Airport.) But
there's another reason he hasn't been pushing Uncle Sam, he says: to avoid
any appearance that he's trying to profit off the tragedies of September 11.
"And this time of year, the Candy Cane outfit is more popular, anyway," he
says. "No one is burning up the line looking for Uncle Sam."

Last Sunday, Coleman was dressed in a Mardi Gras-themed outfit for the
grand-opening ceremonies of Littleton's new Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center,
the biggest thing to hit Front Range shopping since FlatIron Crossing opened
way back in 2000. Of course, the grand opening wasn't without a few
fireworks -- ones that apparently sounded like gunshots. According to a
November 13 news report, police received around sixty panicked phone
calls from people who thought the 9 p.m. fireworks were really a gun battle.

A controversial opening? Yes. But then again, a "lifestyle center" such as
Aspen Grove -- which incorporates traditional streetscapes with sit-down
restaurants and upscale shops and is the hottest new trend in mall
development -- is apparently a controversial concept itself. Just ask the
International Council of Shopping Centers, which met in Denver two weeks
ago. One confab seminar -- "Lifestyle Retail Centers: Real Value or Irrational
Exuberance" -- focused on the effect of lifestyle centers on surrounding malls.

Not to mention the surrounding residents. Pop, pop goes the neighborhood.

westword.com | originally published: November 15, 2001

Walking tall, and stretching imaginations!

Bill "Stretch" Coleman
http://Stiltwalker.com/

Home of the marathon stilt walk!

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Old 12-02-01, 04:58 PM   #63
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My new book is out! It's a coloring/learning book all about Rhode Island.


The book is available at over 50 stores throughout the state.(and online at our website) To find out more about it, or to see where it is available, check our website
http://www.riatoz.com.

I'll also have a series of booksignings in December. (And I'm performing my
Acme Miniature Circus (an authentic Victorian style flea circus) in Bristol,
RI at Linden Place in a rare local appearance.)

Hope to see you at one of the events!

Here are the details:

BOOKSIGNING SCHEDULE:
Rhode Island A to Z:
http://www.riatoz.com
Adam Gertsacov, Author

DEC 3 HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM, 5-9 PM
One Burnside Street, Bristol, RI
(401)-253-5000

DEC 8 LINDEN PLACE HOUSE MUSEUM, 4-5 PM
(Flea circus shows at 1 and 3 pm!)
500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
(401)-253-0390

DEC 15 WALDEN'S BOOKSTORE, 1-3 PM
Warwick Mall, Warwick, RI
(401)737-9222

DEC 16 WALDEN'S BOOKSTORE, 12-2 PM
160 Old Tower Hill Rd , Wakefield, RI
(401) 783-0554


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Old 12-26-01, 01:01 AM   #64
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I'll be performing my show the Barbie Oedipus in Boston for First Night
Boston. In the show, I perform Oedipus Rex, Sophocles' complex tragedy, in
ten minutes using Barbie dolls as actors. It's important to note that this
show has NOT been endorsed by the Mattel Corporation IN ANY WAY.

It's part of an evening of PuppetSLAM, an alternative puppetry cabaret
sponsored by the Puppet Showplace in Brookline.
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HERE'S THE PERTINENT INFO:

Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont St Boston
We're on the Mainstage Theatre
December 31
Shows at 7:45, 9, 10:15

Admission is Free with a First Night Button (They're $15, and entitle you
to all sorts of advantages over the course of the year, including
admission to about 100 shows on First Night....)

First Night 617 542-1399.
http://www.firstnight.org
Hope to see you there!


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Old 01-11-02, 01:23 AM   #65
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A couple of hypes:

1) My book got a great review in the Providence Journal last week: One of the things the guy says is:

"Is there a better easy-to-read primer on the things that make Rhode Island one-of-a-kind? If so, I havenít come across it. So, if youíre
tired of taking gifts of coffee syrup or Cianciís sauce to out-of-staters, hereís an alternative!"

I couldn't have written it better myself!

You can read the whole review (we are one of 3 books talked about) at
http://projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/books/06811241.htm

2) I'll be performing my Flea Circus in the Boston Area next week (next Saturday!)

Here's the info if you can attend!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 at the Boston Puppet Slam
There will be a performance of some Chinese puppetry after mine (I believe)
Tickets are $10 ($8 members)
Reservations are highly recommended (the place only seats about 100)
Puppet Showplace Theatre
32 Station Street
Brookline, MA 02445-7338
Phone: (617) 731-6400
E-mail: info@puppetshowplace.org

3) I'll be being interviewed all week online at inkwell.vue about my book.

http://engaged.well.com/engaged/enga....vue&f=0&t=136
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Old 01-13-02, 01:54 AM   #66
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I guess I forgot to mention that the performance on January 19 will be at 8 pm!

Silly me....

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Old 01-17-02, 12:40 PM   #67
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And I got lucky-- I posted about my Saturday show and hyped it on the Boston's Craigslist.

http://boston.craigslist.org/eve/

And somebody from the Boston Phoenix decided to write an article:


BITING ENTERTAINMENT
Flea for all

BY NINA WILLDORF

If your idea of an entertaining Saturday-night
activity is straining your eyes and getting
itchy, you're in luck. Providence clown Adam
Gertsacov will debut his flea circus (one of
about five that perform worldwide) at
Brookline's Puppet Showplace Theatre.

That's right. Flea circus. You may have
thought they went the route of bearded ladies
and burlesque, but Gertsacov, who's been
touring the country for the past five years
with his two miniature stars, Midge and
Madge, claims "there's kind of been a
resurgence" of the Victorian-style side show.

For the rest of the article, check out http://shorterlink.com/?KZ3M13
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Old 02-08-02, 09:24 AM   #68
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After a sellout show as part of the Boston Puppet Slam, the Acme Miniature Circus will be back in Boston for more!

The show is a Victorian style flea circus that features Midge and Madge (Trained Fleas) that perform Spectacular Circus Stunts as seen before (and on top of) The Crowned Heads of Europe.

Details magazine called the show "one of the top alternative circuses in the country."

The Los Angeles Times said "Gertsacov can hold both the audience and his star performers in the palm of his hand."

The Providence Journal said "The Professor's fleas have the power to amuse."

And the Minneapolis Star-Tribune said "This wacky witty creature feature is funny, off-beat, and skillfully delivered by Circus Master Prof. A.G. Gertsacov. Bring the kids and avail yourself of this rare, once in a lifetime opportunity. (No Bug Spray allowed.)"

The show is approximately 35 minutes long, and is suitable for all audience members age 5-105.

Tickets are $8 ($7 for members)

SHOWTIMES
Friday May 3 @ 8 pm
Saturday May 4 @ 1 and 3 pm (kid's show)
Saturday May 4 @ 8 pm
Sunday May 5 @ 1 and 3 pm (kid's show)

Puppet Showplace Theatre
32 Station Street
Brookline, MA 02445-7338
Phone: (617) 731-6400
E-mail: info@puppetshowplace.org

For more information about the show: http://www.trainedfleas.com
For more information about the venue: http://www.puppetshowplace.org

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Old 02-12-02, 02:34 AM   #69
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Well if anyone lives around Cincinnati Ohio or close enough to pick up WEBN they heard Frack last night. Frack is opening for a band here on Wednesday called Vegas in Space and the studio had them come in to do a little live thing and they brought Frack along. The dj's couldn't get enough of Frack it was great. Guess they never had sword swallower in there. So Frack ate some bugs over the radio, hammered a nail in his nose, and sword swallowed with play by play from the dj it was great. 100,000 people around Cincinnati hearing Frack it was awesome. Just wanted to share, thanks
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What size audience constitutes a sellout for a flea circus?
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It depends on the venue-- That venue has about 110 seats.

I can play a venue up to around 250-300 people (although I think I might be able to expand that. Haven't done so yet. A little worried that people won't be able to see properly.)
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Fracks show last night kicked some serious ass. It was great. New tricks were unveiled that the people loved. Having someone smash cement blocks on fracks chest and groin while laying on the bed of nails seemed to go over really well. And then the band liked it so much they want frack to open for them on the next show. Woo Hoo for frack.
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Frack,

Congratulations on the show.

What kind of new stuff did you do?


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The smashing of the cement block on the groin while laying on the bed of nails was a new one for frack. With some jokes added in it made the audience laugh there ass off. Then frack added another new one in with the ear weight lifting. Picked up the barstool and spun around in circles with it swinging from the ears. This one got huge roars from the crowd they loved it. Made frack a little dizzy afterwards but went over great.
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http://www.mtv.com/onair/mardigras/flipbooks.jhtml

Click on the picture of britney spears and some guy
the first couple of photos are of me. Sorta.
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http://www.hotornot.com/r/?eid=KYOLO8N&key=CJY
I think this is pretty funny. I should find a pic of me juggling instead, and see how that rates.
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Evan how often do you check that? When I voted it said that you checked it last 3 hours ago.
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I check it a few times a day. I emailed the playboy model, and she wrote back, so I've been feeling pretty good about myself. I also found out that someone put up a fan web page about me and how dreamy I am (but she doesn't even know my name, and I don't know the url), and some little 17 year old girl at work got all gushy over me on sunday night (I hate those unerage girls), and so on.
I've only had it up for a day or two. I'm not happy with my score. I was getting an 8.5, so I doctored the pic in photoshop so that I wouldn't have such a shiny face, now I have a 7.8 or somthing. crap!
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I wish I knew who that chick was who kissed me on each cheek and then squished her boobs together for us. I think she had a lot of potential as a juggler. Fake boobs and all!
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Evan do you mean the one from Daves show? I got her card but I lost my wallet. If I find it Ill let you know.
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