David Smith is a multifaceted performer. From juggling to comedy to manipulating real fire, David can do it. It's no wonder he was a semi-finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent." David performs customized shows on his own and with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, whether it be an hour of comedy or a half-hour family-friendly juggling show. David will dazzle you with juggling three balls while playing the harmonica, eating and manipulating real fire, unicycling, plate spinning, and the act that earned him a spot on NBC's "America's Got Talent," juggling, dancing, and singing with both legs behind his head! David's show is like no other and will leave you wanting more! For much more on David be sure to visit http://www.onemansideshow.com
David will be performing at the The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) in the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts production of "The Green Fairy Cabaret" (along with fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Kendra Greaves and Eric Michaels (who composed the music for this piece)) from April 14-17!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Many things influenced this decision. Answering this question could easily sound like an Oscar acceptance speech, beginning with my parents and continuing through drama teachers, vocal coaches, friends, agents etc. The variety performers I most admire are Penn & Teller. Penn does so little actual magic and just talks to the audience for long periods of the show. He is notable for how little he does, it's a rare and beautiful skill.
2. Who is the one person in your field that you haven't worked with that you would like to? Anyone really, 99% of my work is done solo. On rare occasions I get to be on the same bill as another performer when the client can afford two or more acts but that's very rare and I only see the other act in passing. It is a luxury for me to work with anyone else.
3. What made you want to work with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts? The owners are old friends. If they needed my help there was no question of my involvement.
4. What excites you most about being part of PIFA? The setting on the rooftop of the Kimmel Center. With a little luck it could be beautiful.
5. What's the best advice you've ever received? When juggling for an audience you will drop a ball eventually. When you drop the ball don't look at the ball, look at the audience. Reassure them that you are not concerned by this setback, that you are still in control. The ball has fallen but you are still standing and the show will go on. The easiest way to do this is to smile at them.
6. Favorite way to spend your day off? I prefer not to plan my days off. I'm incredibly good at doing absolutely nothing.
7. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My lovely fiancee Rachel.
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