Simply put, the Gizmo Guys are a comedy
juggling act. But they are much more.
Their act includes original routines,
quick-witted verbal repartee and world
class juggling skills in a very light-hearted
approach to the art.
Touring worldwide since 1987, the
Gizmo Guys have appeared before well
over a million people in more than
2500 live performances. They have
performed for millions more on television.
In addition to touring extensively
in the U.S. and Canada, the Gizmo
Guys have strutted their stuff in
places as diverse as Saudi Arabia
and Japan and have taught juggling
at the renowned French and Canadian
National Circus Schools.
Allan was taught to juggle by his
roommate while attending the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst where
he graduated in 1977.
Shortly thereafter, he co-founded
the comedy group Slap Happy (with
Brian O'Connor and Tom Keegan) which
was twice awarded Best Comedy of the
Year by The Boston Globe, played at
over 200 colleges and universities,
enjoyed a four month run at The Other
End in New York City, and made numerous
appearances on local and national
While not touring with Slap Happy,
Allan taught at Ringling Brothers
and Barnum & Baileys Clown
College (1978), won the International
Jugglers Associations Team Championship
with Fred Garbo (1978), and Solo Championship
(1983) and collaborated as technical
consultant on The Complete Juggler,
written by Dave Finnigan and published
in 1987 by Vintage books.
Allan currently lives in New York
City with his wife and two children.
Barrett learned the art of juggling
at the age of 15, from his cousin.
After completing his studies at the
University of Arizona, he moved to
Boulder, Colorado where he collaborated
with Peter Davison and Kezia Tenenbaum
and in 1980 won the International
Jugglers Associations Team Championship.
Later that year he launched a solo
career by taking an eight week contract
with The Harlem Globetrotters that
was extended time and again. Three
years, five continents and thirty
countries later, he settled in Europe
where he worked his solo act in circuses
and variety theaters for two more
years and learned to speak Italian,
Spanish, French and Portuguese.
In 1985 Barrett teamed up with Jim
Strinka to form The Dynamotion Jugglers,
a duo that appeared with New York
Citys Big Apple Circus, Germany's
Circus Krone and on television variety
shows in Europe and South America.
Barrett currently lives in New York