Our Performers

Vincent J. Polowy
(Jareth Morgan/"Droolin' Jack" Porter/Charlie the Clown/"Phil" Shakespeare)

Vincent's Technical Resume 

Vincent J. Polowy has been performing magic since he was five years old. Since then his love for magic has grown, as well as his knowledge and ability in the art. He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), the Magicians Alliance of Western New York (MAWNY) and is a founding member of "The Gathering". He has performed all across the United States at schools, theatres, festivals, renaissance faires, universities and at major theme parks including Sea World and Six Flags. He is a dedicated performer, having toured throughout the United States as a puppeteer, performing and conducting workshops with adults and children of all ages. Vincent has toured schools throughout Western New York, conducting assembly programs for Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. He performed as a member of the Hands Down Puppet Theatre, of Buffalo, New York and has worked extensively with the internationally recognized Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theatre, of Westfield, New York. Vincent has performed at the Louisville Children's Theatre (KY), the Birmingham Children's Theatre (AL), Artpark (NY), Chautauqua Institution (NY), The New England Puppetry Series (MA), with the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra (LA) and with Red [an orchestra] (OH) with renowned puppeteer Basil Twist. Vincent performed at the White House for  President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy in the "Salute to the President". Vincent is a founding member of "The Eclectic CirCus" performance ensemble and the "Shattered Shakespeare" company, as well as "The Dickens' Carolers", a four-part harmony, acapella vocal group. He has appeared in several films, including "The Summoning of Everyman" and H.B. Halicki's cult classic "Gone in 60 Seconds 2". He is a professional theatrical designer, with credits at theatres all over the east coast including The Cleveland Playhouse (OH), The Paul Robeson Theatre (NY), The Beck Center For the Arts (OH), Theatre Hopkins (MD), Ensemble Theatre (OH), The 1891 Fredonia Opera House (NY), Cleveland J.C.C. (OH), The Fine Arts Association (OH) and Cleveland Public Theatre (OH). Vincent performs as a clown and teaches classes and workshops on clowning, magic, puppetry and technical theatre. He has performed as a professional musician for over twenty years. His love for magic, music, theatre and performing make it a pleasure for him to bring his magic to your audience.

 

Cassandra Vincent
(Erian de Grey / Ring Master / Mime)

 

Cassandra Vincent has spent most of her time on the theatrical stage as a professional singer, dancer, actor, puppeteer, mime, voice-over artist and choreographer. Her magic is an extension and combination of all of these pursuits. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera (NYC), toured with the award-winning Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theatre (Westfield, NY), sung with the Greater Buffalo Opera (Buffalo, NY), performed with such theatres as the Cleveland Play House (Cleveland, OH), Summerfare Musical Theatre (Buffalo, NY), Ensemble Theatre (Cleveland, OH), Dobama Theatre (Cleveland, OH), performed full dialect improvisation and stage combat with the Great Lakes Medieval Faire (Geneva, OH), done improvisation based on conflict management for Theatre For Change (Buffalo, NY), along with a multitude of dramatic and musical productions for a variety of theatres and audiences. Cassandra holds a special major BA in the Performing Arts with Honors, having attended both the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Kent and the Kent School of Music, Canterbury, UK. She is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the Magicians Alliance of Western New York (MAWNY) and "The Gathering". In addition to performance, Cassandra is responsible for the choreography for Vincent Magic Productions.

 

Aaron J. Bonk

                                      (Juggler/Stilt Dancer/Fire Performer/Whip Artist)

Aaron Bonk has been studying music, juggling and the human psyche for over 20 years. As an entertainer dedicated to variety, Aaron performs unique, event specific shows for private events, theme parks, colleges, theatres, nightclubs, cruise ships and outdoor festivals. Previous Bonk sightings have occurred at Cleveland Public Theatre with modern dance troupe SAFMOD, in "Requiem Descending", (earning Aaron the title "That Fire Guy"), in his one-man show "Move", at various renaissance festivals as "Elbonko the Outrageous" and at schools, universities and for major corporations across the country. Aaron has performed for Norwegian Cruise Line and for major theme parks including Sea World and Six Flags. Continually pushing his own creative productivity, Aaron draws inspiration for his "dance with objects" style from all walk of life. Vaudevillian quirkiness, modern dance, classic romance, passion, anger, joy, pain, desire and rhythms of existence are all combined into an expression of what it means to be human in the curious world of Aaron Bonk.

 

 

Jennifer Walker

                                ("Red-Handed" Jenny / "Trixie the Clown"/"Mad Molly"/ Puppeteer)

Jennifer Walker's interest in theatre began by performing in plays and musicals while in high school. After graduating, she attended Kent State University where she majored in Fine Art. Jennifer travels throughout the United States with both "The Eclectic CirCus", where she performs the duty of stage manager and with "Porter & Stout", as the groups Director of Merchandising. She is one of the chief writers and puppet builders of Vincent Magic Productions and also performs as one of the company puppeteers. A former child-care specialist, Jennifer enjoys performing as "Trixie the Clown", where she has the opportunity to entertain children and adults alike. Jennifer performs as "Red-Handed Jenny", in "Droolin' Jack" & Jenny's Comedy-Danger Show", as "Mad Molly", in "The Plunder Doggs" and has performed at festivals such as Sarasota Medieval Fair (FL), Wild Rose Renaissance Fair (PA), Great Lakes Medieval Faire (OH) and Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival (PA). She has performed with "The Dickens' Carolers" and as a vocalist with "Lively Strings". Jennifer has technical credits at several Cleveland area theatres including Great Lakes Theater Festival, Beachwood Community Theatre and for Beachwood City Schools. She is a member of "The Gathering", an organization dedicated to magic and the performing arts.

 

 

 

John Blankenbehler

                                 ("Bill" Shakespeare / "Jolly Johnny" Roberts)

John Blankenbehler  has been a part of the theatre community since 1984. He has worked as an actor, director, stage manager, sound engineer, set designer and music director, at theatres all across the eastern and central United States. John has been active in the Renaissance and Medieval Festival scene since 1986, performing at various faires including; King Richard's Faire (WI), Bristol Renaissance Festival (WI), The Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival (PA), Northwoods Festival (MI), Silverleaf Renaissance Festival (MI) and the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival (PA).  John served as the Entertainment Director at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, where he also performed the role of King Henry VIII. He has appeared in several films including "Zack and Miri", "Men in Black II" and will be appearing in the upcoming film "Love and Other Drugs", with Anne Hathaway. On television, John has appeared on "The West Wing" and in numerous regional commercials, including spots for NFL Films. He finds that his greatest theatrical love comes from live theatre where his favorite shows have included "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and "A Midsummer Night’s Dream". John has also worked as an improv actor for many years and has been recognized in the Pittsburgh area  with Morley Awards for Most Versatile Improv Actor and as Best Pub Sing Host. John is an accomplished musician, playing euphonium, piano, guitar and several other brass instruments. He has studied Shakespeare’s work for a number of years and is excited to be a founding member and part of "Shattered Shakespeare".

 

 

 

 

                                  

 

 

                                   Paul Kirk Jr.

                                  ("Happy Harry" McMurkin)

 

Paul has been playing fiddle for over thirty years. He attended Cleveland State University where his musical studies included viola performance, history, education, theory and harmony. An extremely versatile musician, he has played everything from early to modern music and everything in between. Paul is a prolific tunesmith and has written over five hundred Celtic inspired folk dance pieces. He formed the band Ceud Mile Failte in 2009, to perform his original compositions and is currently working on publishing a book of his tunes. He also plays fiddle in the Celtic rock band "Mary's Lane". Paul is very pleased to share his music with your audiences.