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Performing / Chalk/Rosin?
« on: August 29, 2017, 06:44:25 PM »
Whaddup kids

So I've recently started performing in a tent, and I've found that the extra humidity from being outside is making my four diabolo start almost impossible. My hands get too sweaty by that point in the act, and the diabolos slip from my fingers before I can finish my throw. I was thinking about putting chalk or rosin on my hands, but it makes me nervous. In the one diabolo part of my act, I touch the diabolo a lot with my hands and I'm worried that chalk would get on the axle and eventually the string.

I was wondering what you all have done to deal with sweaty hands in performance? Has anyone found something that doesn't make the string gross?

Videos / Willem McGowan Promo 2017
« on: March 11, 2017, 09:08:48 PM »
Hi guys!

I'm graduating soon from circus school, and I wanted to share a promo video I made.
Let me know what you think!


Videos / Willem McGowan Circa festival
« on: January 02, 2017, 11:37:33 PM »

Last October I was lucky enough to go to France to perform at the Circa festival in Auch. Me and another student from my circus school, l'Ecole de Cirque de Quebec, met up with 3 students from the AMOK circus school and spent 5 days making a show. Here is the video! My part begins at about 13:30, there is also some cool ring juggling, straps and duo trapeze.


Videos / rog sauce
« on: November 02, 2015, 03:53:29 AM »

We tried to shoot a promo for a festival but we decided we'd do that another day
so here is this!
I'll make a real video sooner or later


Videos / Willem McGowan 2014
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:34:27 AM »
Hey guys!
I made a video around this time last year and I figured it was time for a new one.
These are some of the things I've been working on, but I don't have a lot of new sequences at the moment so its a lot of improvisation as well.
I hope you like it!

Willem McGowan Plays Diablo on Vimeo

ALSO hes not a juggler so forgive him for mispelling diabolo :) It will be fixed soon

Videos / Nice loop act
« on: May 20, 2014, 04:24:38 AM »
Sidney from montreal school
Really nice acro stuff starting 2.5 minutes in

Videos / Willem McGowan turbo profile 2014
« on: November 28, 2013, 11:12:00 PM »
Here is my video for Turbo Fest 2014!
January 2-5, 2014
Quebec City

Turbo Profile 2014: Willem McGowan

Videos / WGM Summer Video 2013
« on: June 03, 2013, 04:55:21 PM »
Hey everyone-

Here is a video I made with my friend a few weeks ago. Its most of the tricks I've been working on for the past few months. I hope you all enjoy it!


Videos / WGM fall 2011
« on: November 06, 2011, 06:21:06 PM »
Here's a little video I made.
I wish I could have filmed some of the tricks a little cleaner, but the camera was dying and this was my only day I could film
WGM Fall 2011

Videos / Spanish diaboloist interviews
« on: May 11, 2011, 03:12:32 AM »
I found this on youtube, and I think they have alot of cool things to say.

Entrevistas04 Frases, estereotipos

Videos / WGM- Spring video
« on: April 11, 2010, 04:59:32 AM »
I know I made a video a month ago, but I have watched it since then and I am unhappy with it. The tricks and camerawork are boring.
So, since i got a new camera, I decided to film a new video and focus on camera angles and that sort of thing. I tried not to use the same angle twice, because I could only film in my backyard and I didn't want it to get boring.

My new camera was really good quality in the editing system, but both Youtube and Jtv killed it. Does anyone know what i should do?

The trick I am the most proud of is 0:58 - Spring Video
What do you think?

Performances / "A Brave New Circus"
« on: March 08, 2010, 05:33:47 AM »
This is a show my youth circus put together. it was entirely put together by the "teens" (kids in highschool who are paid to perform and teach workshops around Chicago) It is in six parts, two acts are left out because of shortage of film. The Diabolo Act is the second part.
A Brave New Circus part 1/6
A Brave New Circus part 2/6
A Brave New Circus part 3/6
A Brave New Circus part 4/6
A Brave New Circus part 5/6
A Brave New Circus part 6/6
Thanks :-D

Videos / Cinders
« on: February 15, 2010, 04:04:22 AM »
A video I made in my basement with 1, mainly 2, and 3 diabolos (just shuffle and armstall).
I tried to be creative, and I think a little came out like that, some will seem familiar though.
I hit a block with progress with 1 diabolo, so just 2 clips of that. I have been progressing a lot with 2, so I tried playing with ideas I had seen before/thought up myself.

Tricks / fan 11160
« on: January 23, 2010, 11:08:50 PM »
I did a fan 11160 (31 spins).
here is the video.
is this the record?
Fan 11160
i used fixed axle sundia shinings

General / Diaboloists in/around Chicago IL USA?
« on: January 10, 2010, 02:01:08 AM »
My youth circus has alot of shows coming up in the next few months, and I was going to post things on the forum telling people to go.
But then I realized probably no one on this forum lives near me, so the constant threads would just get annoying.
so if no one responds with "yes i live near Chicago" I will not advertise any of them.

Videos / Jugugling
« on: December 21, 2009, 05:43:42 AM »
This is a Video I made with my friend.
There is 2d leg stall and a New(?) eiffel.
oh and a really bad rap
enjoy :)

Performances / Wills diabolo solo- Chicago Youth Circus
« on: December 16, 2009, 03:32:00 AM »
This is my first time performing a Diabolo solo at a big public show. (ive done gigs where the audience is mainly circus people and also small stuff for little kids but they don't count). I tried to look at the audience as much as possible and smile, but you can't tell because the quality kinda sucks.
what do you think?
Will's Diabolo Solo

Performing / Chicago Youth Circus (CircEsteem) Winter Show 2009
« on: November 15, 2009, 04:00:57 AM »
My youth circus is having a show on december 12
I will be performing a diabolo act and so will some beginner diaboloists.
(I don't know how many people live near chicago but i was asked to publicize on the internet)
So if you live near chicago or if you are in the area you should definitely go!
Facebook info:
Chicago Youth circus website:
Chicago Youth Circus Youtube:

Videos / Audition video
« on: October 14, 2009, 01:21:55 AM »
This is my audition video for the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour, a circus in new england that tours all summer.
*edit* this video is to demonstrate skills i have to show i can perform multiple things, because they would not accept someone who could only do one thing. this is in no way the last step in the audition process, i still have to perform live and be interviewed and other stuff.
Will McGowan Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour Audition video 2010

Videos / Team Awesome Go Yeah Vid 2- "How Did That Make You Feel?"
« on: September 27, 2009, 02:28:52 AM »
This is the second video by our juggling club.
no diabolos in the lake this time :-D.
I would love feedback regarding the editing- its something ive been trying to get good at
How Did That Make You Feel - How Did That Make You Feel?

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