Chris Murdoch is a firm believer in magic. Not illusions and hocus pocus, but the magic of human potential. He has been studying the performing arts for over fifteen years, and is continually learning how much more there is to learn. Specializing in contact juggling and fire spinning, Chris draws inspiration from many studies: dance, mime, toss juggling, diabolo (Chinese yoyo), hoop illusions, and many forms of world percussion. He teaches prop manipulation/juggling arts at Western Canada’s oldest circus school, Circus West (formerly Cirkids).
He has created performances for the Avatar Circus Project, The Vancouver Fringe Festival, and for Brian Froud, the designer of the hit movies the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth (the world’s first introduction to contact juggling); he has opened for the Sam Roberts Band, De la Soul, Matisyahu, and shared the stage with Australia’s well-loved Ganga Giri, Vancouver’s Delhi 2 Dublin, Lynx and Janover, Tipper, Adham Shaik, and more. He performed on main stage at the Oregon Country Fair, as well as his solo one-hour show, discussing the relevance of circus, music and performance culture to human society.
Chris’ work also extends behind the scenes, as a producer, writer, director, builder and costume designer. In 2007 he co-produced and designed costumes for “the Absurdessey” a hit show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. From 2009 to 2011, he produced and wrote a series of stories for a theatrical Haunted House which included over 30 burlesque, theatre, circus, and musical performers. The house is currently in development for 2012. His work always reflects elements of ancient culture, mythology and history. A way to tie the cultures of the past to the creativity of the future.