What came first; the Mullet or the Man?
The Blossom Festival is your chance to see this exceptional performer in action. Talented and genuinely funny, MulletMan has been performing juggling and unicycle comedy shows, fire shows and MCing, in and around New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and the Arab Emirates since 1998. All his routines are tailored to suit particular audiences, and this includes his 5-20 minute cabaret performances with juggling and comic patter, the 12-15 minute fire show, and even acts that involve audience participation. Having spectators in fits of laugher at hundreds of festivals, functions, corporate gigs, cruiseship lines and a variety of cabaret stages; he is one man you do not want to miss. MulletMan, whose real name is Nathan Bonner, will be performing in the parade, as well as street shows in the main Festival. There will be three acts over the Friday and Saturday. ‘‘I do a unicycling, juggling show. I will just be trying to get the mullet out. It’s the time of year where it’s hot and windy, so it will be looking spectacular anyway,’’ he says.
This will be the fourth time Nathan has been involved in the Blossom Festival, and he is looking forward to returning. ‘‘It’s one of those New Zealand festivals that’s so well supported, it’s a fun one to get into.’’ he says. Nathan first became a performer after holidaying on Great Barrier Island. Having met people who could juggle, they taught him all they knew and ‘‘it spiraled from there’’.
After practicing and getting quite good at the act, he started working in a juggling shop in Auckland before moving to Christchurch, and soon, performing as MulletMan became his full time job. Nathan’s time is now split between running his coffee shop in Christchurch with his partner, and entertaining at events around the country.