Marcus Monroe juggles comedy and fire

Marcus Monroe shocked and awed Rider students with his performance on Tuesday night. He combined juggling and comedy as well as the arts of knife throwing and torch tossing. The finale included perilous juggling, dangerous headgear and a unicycle.

By Monica Jaramillo

Comedic juggler Marcus Monroe brought his signature humor, wit and one-of-a-kind talent to the Bart Luedeke Center on Tuesday night.

Throughout his act Monroe juggled various objects, but what set him apart from others in his field was his sense of humor, which evoked laughter and cheering from the audience throughout the course of the show.

He also involved students as much as possible and shared his unique handshake with them, which he calls the finger hug. This is when pointer fingers interlock at the joint and Monroe also showed a video of his finger hug campaign, where he got many celebrities — such as TV personality Regis Philbin, “The Office” and The Hangover actor Ed Helms and “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks — to finger hug with him.

His ability to combine tricky and difficult routines with an electrifying stage presence while telling jokes made his act a memorable one.

Monroe’s distinctive personality and tricks added to his likability. At one point he impersonated animals, including penguins, horses and bears, all while juggling. Toward the end of his act, the lights turned off and he juggled flashy light-up balls and clubs.

The grand finale included his much-anticipated fire torches. He also showed off his hybrid invention, “knorches,” or knives and torches taped together that he juggled while riding his bedazzled unicycle and wearing a hat with a sparkler on top.

Freshman business administration major Maddie Keefrider found the finale to be the most compelling part of the show.

“The part with the knorches on the seven food unicycle was epic,” Keefrider said.

Although Monroe’s performance brought enjoyment to students, some complained about the juggling to joke ratio.

“He was funny,” junior computer information systems major Arsenio Paul said. “I just wanted more of the fire and juggling. That’s why I went.”

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