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Gentleman juggler Kris Kremo

Kris Kremo
Kris Kremo

A real juggling legend, Kris Gaston Kremo was born in Paris in 1951, the son of Béla Kremo, a former icarist whose "Gentleman Juggler" act was world famous, and his wife Marianne, née Kalbitz, both Swiss citizens. Kris went to school in Switzerland, often spending his summer vacations with whatever circuses his father was touring with at the time. In this way he learned various circus disciplines, which he then performed with other circus kids in amateur shows. His father soon began to train him as a juggler, discouraging him from pursuing an acrobatic career. Gentleman-style jugglers juggle household items such as umbrella's, hats, or dishes, instead of the typical juggling props such as balls, rings and clubs.

At 15, Kris began juggling in amateur shows. A few years later, he turned professional. In 1970, at age 19, he partnered with his father in an act in which father and son performed the same routine in unison and at dizzying speed, with series of three objects (three hats, three cigar boxes, etc.), which was Béla Kremo's trademark. Kris Kremo began his solo career in 1975. He signed his first circus season with Blackpool's Tower Circus in England. His success was immediate, and he embarked upon a brilliant international career with an act reminiscent of his father's, but significantly improved—notably with triple and quadruple pirouettes while juggling his cigar boxes. In 1977 Kris Kremo set a Guinness World Record of releasing one cigar box and catching it after a quadruple pirouette.

Kris Kremo has performed in major circuses, nightclubs, and variety theaters all over the world, as well as for Queen Elizabeth of England and King Carl Gustav of Sweden. Kremo juggled in the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival, alongside Anthony Gatto. Kremo was featured for a record eleven consecutive years (1978-89) at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. A dual American and Swiss citizen, Kris Kremo is married to Russian hula-hoop artist Yelena Larkina. Dominique Jando wrote several wonderful abstracts on the Circopedia website.