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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
A magical journey to success
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Lou Johnson performs a trick for Michael Arriaga, 16, right, and Dylan Phelan at Sip This on Jan. 3.

Johnson was a natural juggler, and has since made many high-profile appearances juggling, including a spot on the “Today Show.” He was an alternate for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus upon graduation but was never called.

In 1993, he graduated from the University of Maine and traveled to New York City to pursue a career in acting. A few years later he was offered a position teaching circus arts with the National Circus Project. Johnson estimates that he has taught more than 500,000 kids across the Northeast, but ultimately gave up the job because of the travel required.

He and his wife, Cynthia, who graduated from Central High School in 1991, will celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary in April. Cynthia first met Johnson at one of his shows, and years later she still enjoys his ever-evolving act. “Seeing the audience’s reactions, especially the children, it’s just a beautiful thing,” she said of his performances. “He’s so talented that it just radiates off the stage.”

Johnson works full-time as a magician and performer, appearing at local events and parties and also corporate gatherings. On a typical workday, Johnson will handle his bookings online, make sure his website, www.loujuggler.com, is up-to-date, practices in his home’s Magic Room and then does what he does best — performing for a group of people.

Johnson works with all types of props, including cards, coins, stilts and hoops, and can be seen frequently in Valley Stream at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library and every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sip This on Rockaway Avenue.

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