As a Seattle street performer in the late ’80s, Rhys Thomas created his Science Circus to get out of the rain and into the Pacific Science Center. He has since performed his Physics of Juggling shows at museums, schools, and science festivals in seven countries, in settings ranging from the Smithsonian Institution to the Abu Dhabi Science Festival to opening Singapore’s first Maker Fair and headlining Cairo’s KidZania. His edutainment tours have seen him on camelback in Jordan, on dogsled in Alaska, and stranded on a boat in Trinidad’s Caroni swamp. Mostly, though, he lugs his toys from one school to another for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in zany Portland, Oregon.
The Science Circus is a goofy battle between playfulness and the laws of physics. Giggle as juggler Rhys Thomas tries to outwit gravity with a bowling ball then daringly risks his Mom’s plates in a throw-down with inertia! Marvel as he turns a sphere into a gyroscope that is stable on a kid’s head. Ponder as he uses math to create juggling tricks. And gasp as he searches for an equation powerful enough to save his toes from the Ladder of Swords. It’s a battle everyone wins by sharing the physics of fun.