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Bob Cates

bob_catesBob Cates grew up on a large farm near the small town of Forest, Ontario, Canada. A quiet, unassuming young man, he had his head in the stars. One day at high school, Bob saw the most magical sight – someone juggling several balls. He experienced what his audiences now experience: the oxymoron of juggling. It’s the most magical looking thing in the world, but its totally real. It’s within the grasp of most, but few will take up the challenge to learn it. It was this “air-born” love affair that would take him to undreamed-of heights. Learning to juggle with tennis balls as a teenager, he was a relative late starter to be considered a real contender for the Canadian Juggling Championships, let alone a full time professional. But he practiced hard; learning advanced juggling, unicycling, balancing skills and performance technique. His passion for the theater and the art of juggling continued to develop during his 5 years of post secondary education, earning a diploma from the Baptist Leadership Education Center and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. After university he volunteered for seven months in Lithuania with IFES, the European version of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Following his return to Canada in 1995, he began performing full time. In the mid to late 1990s, Bob performed at many fairs, festivals, private events, as well as at every major Busking Festival in Canada. In 2000, Bob started performing on cruise ships about 20 weeks a year for Holland America, Disney, Cunard, Princess and Celebrity and continues today to fill his schedule with headline performances on cruise ships.

In June 2007, Bob married his dream girl Jane who in fact had hired him for a show several years earlier. They travel together now making it a family business, as she works behind the scenes as well as on the stage. They are looking forward to the first few years of marriage together with travels taking them to places far and wide, including Paris, the French Riviera, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, California, the Caribbean, Alberta, Muskoka, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and China.

Career Highlights

● Best One Man Show Nominee 2006 & 2007 Canadian Comedy Awards
● Entertainer of the Year Nominee 2007 & 2008 & 2009 & 2010 Canadian Event Industry Awards
● Best Entertainer of the Year – Molson Canadian FEO. Awards, 1999 & 2001
● Canadian Juggling Champion 1994
● Guest entertainer headlining on over 160 cruises for Holland America, Princess, Disney, Celebrity and Norwegian Cruise lines
● Guest performer and lecturer – Israeli Juggling Convention, 2005
● Guest Artist – National Youth Worker’s Conventions
Charlotte NC, 2003, Dallas TX 2004, Atlanta GA 2004,
● Guest TV Spots including, Open Mike with Mike Bullard, Breakfast Television, CTV News, 100 Huntley Street, and commercials for Master Card, Kraft Dinner & Advil
● Canadian National Exhibition, Special performer, 1997-2003
● Headliner – Youth Quake (audience of 4000), Briercrest College, Saskatchewan, 1997, 2000, 2003
● People’s Choice Award & Best Novelty Act – Kingston Busker Rendezvous 1995/1996
● Most Difficult Trick Award, RIT New York Juggling Festival


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