a child growing up in Madison WI, a peaceful Midwestern enclave, Matt’s
capacity for mind-numbing repetition was clearly evident at a young
age, as he would spend hours engaged in constructive, enriching activities
such as throwing a ball against the side of the house. Mom’s
cries of ‘Matthew, would you stop that
thumping’ fell on deaf ears, but her anguish was relieved
when her young son happened upon the classic volume on the art of throwing
and catching, Juggling for the Complete Klutz. Fueled with
a boundless energy that today might be diagnosed as ADHD, and equipped
by a very generous Santa Claus, he threw himself whole-heartedly into
this odd pursuit.
graduation, Matt moved to New York City to try his hand as a starving
artist, and succeeded remarkably in that endeavor. He cut his teeth busking
on the streets of Manhattan, and proved a quick learner, as the vocal
citizens of that great city were never afraid to tell him (often loudly
and graphically) when he failed to entertain.
On a sunny morning in the spring of 1996 he received an agent’s call asking if he would consider moving to Orlando, and what was supposed to be an eleven-week gig at Disney World’s Backlot Theatre evolved into a six-year engagement. Matt’s stage skills were honed further by the thousands (yes, thousands) of shows he performed during this time.
He continued to expand his technical repertoire as well and as his skills progressed he set his eye on competition. A bronze-medal finish at the 1997 IJA World Juggling Championships spurred him on further, and his hard work was rewarded in 2001 when he bested dozens of other world-class competitors to win a World Juggling Championship.
Since then, Matt’s unique brand of charm and skill has kept him in demand around the world, from corporate boardrooms to the high seas, from night clubs to symphony orchestras, from Orlando to New York to Hong Kong to London to Tokyo and back again.