Bob Cates

Award-Winning Comedian/Variety Artist

Bob is a professional comedy juggling and variety entertainer living in Cambridge Ontario. In show business full time since 1995, Bob won the Canadian Juggling Championships that same year.

In high school, Bob was inspired by a juggling classmate and taught himself to juggle with tennis balls. Since then, he has learned advanced juggling, unicycling, balancing skills and performance techniques. His passion for performing and the art of juggling continued to develop during 5 years of post-secondary education, earning a diploma from the Baptist Leadership Education Centre in Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. After university, he volunteered for seven months in Lithuania with IFES, the European version of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.

Following his return to Canada, he began performing full time. In the 1990s, he performed at many fairs, festivals and private events, as well as at every major Busking Festival in Canada. In 2000, he started performing on cruise ships 20 weeks a year for Holland America, Disney, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity. He continues to make a living today in part with headline performances on cruise ships as well as corporate & special events, as well as at church and ministry events.

 He is now among one of the few performers left in North America performing authentic plate spinning, their signature piece.

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