What came first; the Mul­let or the Man?

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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.

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