Tuey Wilson Comic Stunt Juggler
Tuey Wilson has always had a passion for physical skills. He grew up skiing, skateboarding, waterskiing, and anything else that satisfied his self-described personality: “introverted show-off.” He learned to juggle in eighth grade from his older brother, but didn’t take it seriously until he was a senior in high school, after a friend let him borrow some professional juggling equipment. His life has never been the same!
That same year he attended the MN Renaissance Festival because he heard there were jugglers there. He heard right, and from that moment he was hooked on the idea of performing. When faced with choices about college and career, Tuey thought, “I’d kinda like to be a juggler like I saw at the Renaissance Festival. That looks like fun.”
So that’s what he became. One year after graduation, Tuey was hired by that festival as a Street Juggler. Over the next few years his comic performance style developed, as did his interest in specific types of props and tricks. As the crowds roared with laughter and applause, Tuey graduated from Street Juggler to Main Stage Performer, and has been a crowd favorite there for more than three decades. He loves it when people tell him they’ve been seeing his show for twenty or thirty years, and their family has three generations of Tuey fans.
Tuey has always been drawn to performing stunts that involve the whole body. Rather than be content with just standing still while throwing things, he has developed a dazzling array of bizarre and wonderful skills – rope walking, ball spinning, balancing on a ladder, manipulating objects on mouthsticks, and much more. The learning never ends. At age fifty, he mastered balancing on a ladder… on a rope… on fire!
In addition to manipulating props, Tuey also builds them, for himself and other professional jugglers. His ball-spinning mouthsticks are considered by many to be the best in the world.
Tuey is a lifelong Minnesotan who loves winter, and enjoys skiing, mountain biking, woodworking, cooking, and reading. He has a wonderful wife, one married son, two young daughters, and two long-haired, miniature dachshunds. So he’s juggling, even when he’s not juggling!
Facebook updates include the occasional video from my travels and practice.