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Tahoe Jugglers win national competition

Jim Grant/Tahoe TribuneThe Tahoe Jugglers, from left, Chris Smith, Nick Smith and Mike Callian, display the awards they received when they won both Grand Champion of the World in Variety and Grand Champion of the World in Comedy at the Championship of Performing Arts competition.

They’re talented, funny, charismatic and creative — and they are big winners.

The Tahoe Jugglers were the only act to win two grand champion awards at the Championship of Performing Arts competition, which took place Oct. 5 through Oct. 13 at the Burbank Hilton in Hollywood, Calif.

The trio of Chris Smith, Mike Callian and Nick Smith participated in a full week of competition, including three rounds and a final showcase round. More than 30 countries were represented with a total of 2,500 acts and The Tahoe Jugglers were part of Team USA along with 150 other acts. The competition has been nicknamed the “Entertainment Olympics” because it is run much like the Olympic games.

The Tahoe Jugglers were entered in three categories — Comedy, Variety and Acting — and presented a 11/2-minute performance for each. For their comedy routine they presented a sketch titled ” Night at the Roxbury,” modeled after Saturday Night Live. In the variety category they featured a juggling performance and for the acting section they presented an Indiana Jones parody.

The first round decided medaling and who proceeded to the second round, the second round decided the winner in the overall category and the third round determined who goes to the final showcase to be aired on National TV.

In the first round the trio walked away with a bronze medal in Comedy, a gold medal in Acting and a gold in Variety. They were overall winners in the Comedy category in the second round and they made it to the third round in all categories. The young performers qualified for the final showcase in both Comedy and Variety.

The finals featured 64 acts, narrowed from 2,500, and the Tahoe Jugglers were two of the 64. The Grand Champion of the World awards were given in the categories of Acting, Variety, Comedy, Modeling, Vocal and Dance. The finals were hosted by Bob Eubanks of the Newlyweds, with a celebrity panel of judges. They were shown on PAX TV in December.

“We were not like all the other competitors, who were very nervous and worried about the judges’ feelings. We were confident and relaxed,” Chris Smith said.

The Tahoe Jugglers ended up winning both “Grand Championship of the World” in Variety and “Grand Champion of the World” in Comedy.

“The event brought many cultures together. We all shared common interests and made many friends. We were very happy and made the most of our stay. It was very fun. We met many people backstage including Chelsea Brummet from Nickelodeon’s “All That,” Smith said.

In fact, Chris still keeps in contact with Chelsea, Mike was struck by the love bug when he met a girl from Guatemala and according to Chris, his younger brother, Nick, had to fend off the girls with a stick.

Following the competition the young men met with agencies and now have representation from “Icon Talent” and “Wayne Owen Management,” both of whom they will meet at the end of December. They also have representation at Tahoe from Christina Robinette of Entertainment Plus.

In January the Tahoe Jugglers will be going to Los Angeles during “pilot season” to audition for new TV shows that will be cast during the early part of January.

They hope to get involved in acting, something they would ultimately love to do. Chris writes and directs and wants to be involved in film.

“Juggling got us a lot of exposure, which is needed in this type of industry. For now, we’ve definitely going to continue to juggle,” Chris Smith said.

“When people ask us about our future we always give the same response — It’s up in the air.”

The Tahoe Jugglers are available for bookings of any kind through Entertainment Plus at (530) 542-3790.

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