Dave Willacker

“He owned everything because he could give it away.”
– St. Francis of Assisi

About

(Boring self-important stuff that I have to write) Born and raised in Cincinnati! I love Skyline Chili, Larosas and the people of Cincinnati! I attended McNicholas High School and have degrees from Northern Kentucky University and Xavier University. I’ve been involved in theater since kindergarten, as an actor and a writer. One of my favorite theater experiences was acting at the Ohio Renaissance Festival for two years alongside an incredible cast! Thank you Steve Townsend and Ray Flowers for teaching me how to act! Thank you Erick Smith for making fun of me while I attempted it!

After college I worked as a youth minister for two years and then as a high school teacher for ten. I lead mission trips and retreats. I tried very hard to give wise counsel to our youth and kindness, occasionally I taught them things and made them laugh. I also began to juggle. Today I am proudly a father and a husband. I serve on several public groups in my community. I run an entertainment company which I founded and I get to create art as well as empower others around me.

Outside of circus I enjoy chocolate (duh it’s the best), reading, scuba diving, teaching, and travel.

Philosophy

I’d like to leave the world a better place than I’ve found it. Don’t get me wrong I think the world is awesome! Filled with extraordinary people, but if I can improve it a little for those that follow me I will be happy.

Ways we give

We are proudly a sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House, and the Dragon Fly Foundation! We often work with Make a Wish and we happily give to all families who contact us who have gravely ill children. We also work with companies on team building events where a product such as a bicycle is created and then we donated it charities such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cincinnati and the National Youth Advocate Program.
We also offer discounted rates for charity events and other not for profit groups.

Quotes and Phrases that make me smile

(I’m probably most famous (small f) for these.
“They don’t just give you a circus.”
(when some new performer is amazed that I actually know something)

“That’ll buff right out.”
(usually when something clearly won’t, Honestly I think I stole this one from somewhere and have used it so much people think it’s mine.)

“Oh hey… Try not to suck.”
(the last thing I whisper to a new performer before they walk out on stage for the first time)

Make hay while the sun shines.
(my grandfather taught me that, and it has guided my life)

Keep your zipper up. (also my grandfather… no comment)

“The future is not closed.” – Walter Wink

Stage, Radio, TV & Movie Appearances

(Some of these I just don’t remember the year or date. Sorry)
Ohio Renaissance Festival
Sharonville Shakespeare Festival
Riverbend (yep I performed on that stage)
Riverfront Stadium (I juggled and spoke, I did not play baseball, I kinda stink at it. You don’t even want me on your slow pitch high arch soft ball team.)
Cincinnati Enquirer Interview (Hey Tim place black and white slide show here)
550 wkrc a couple of times
700 wlw once it was awesome! I love Cincinnati!
All the local stations, multiple times for our Trapeze School, aerial classes, summer camps, Oh and for my wedding on our flying trapeze! and just the circus in general. (Hey Tim place trapeze wedding video here)
TLC’s Outrageous Kids Parties (really awesome experience, ask me about it I have some great stories.) (Hey Tim place graphic here)
The Valley (Reality show about Dayton Ohio)
Glad Press and Seal Commercial (Seriously glad press and seal is an AMAZING PRODUCT!) (Hey Tim place GLAD video here)
The movie “Dumbstruck” (great movie, it was on Netflix for several years) (Hey Tim place graphic here)
The movie “Transformers” (I was totally in this!!! As a walk on extra in a scene… they airbrushed me out prior to the final release, but somewhere there is footage with me on Hoover Dam while real actors are acting in front of me!) (Hey Tim place graphic here)
The Newlywed Game Show! (We won… Jamaica!) (Hey Tim place graphic here)
The Canopy Kings (pilot episode, very nice people the show doesn’t do them justice) (Hey Tim place canopy kings video here)
In addition to these I have been a guest speaker at many colleges and high schools for career, business, and art related events. I have performed a variety of one many juggling shows on thousands of smaller stages throughout the United States.
Oh and I’ve been honored by a couple of mentions by authors including Dave Barry and Michelle Rotuno – Johnson. Thank you!

Shows I’ve created, art I’ve brought to
Cincinnati that wasn’t here before me.

My own and often repeated one man juggling show
A pirate juggling show
In 2003 after seeing living statues while performing in Toronto Canada, I began creating living statues here in Cincinnati. We now perform living statues all over and are flattered with lots of performers we have inspired.
In 2005 with the help of several very talented performers including my wife we created Cincinnati’s first aerial acrobatics show.
In 2009 and I brought a full sized flying trapeze to Cincinnati and began operating a flying trapeze school.
In 2011 my wife and I directed the Cincinnati Circus’ first touring show. It’s been over 100 years since Cincinnati had a resident circus!
In 2014 we put together a Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show!
In 2017 I was honored in the greatest way when I was able to perform side by side with my son in one of our now three touring shows! (Hey Tim place picture here)

Dreams I’ve accomplished.

Swim with sharks. (check)
See the world. (check)
Marry a pretty girl. (check)
Become a father. (check)
Provide for my family. (check)
Start a circus. (check)
Create art. (check)
Improve the lives of those around me. (check)

Dreams still to accomplish

I have always wanted to perform for the USO. (I called the USO. They very politely explained to me that I was a performer who was not yet famous, and they mostly deal with performers who are already famous. I replied, “Oh I get it, Ben Affleck doesn’t want to sit next to me on the plane over.” They said, “Exactly.”)
Write a book.
Change the world.