Oshkosh juggler shows America he has talent
Carole Meekins, Stephanie Graham
Carole Meekins reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
OSHKOSH - If you see 33-year-old Mike Price walking down the street in his hometown of Oshkosh, don't be surprised if he's juggling!
Mike's grandpa Jim got him started at age 9. Now juggling is Mike's career.
"I love the travel and the meeting cool people," Mike gushes.
Mike practices several hours a day, and even does yoga. He explains, "Yoga is the same kind of mental feeling you have in your brain as you're juggling."
He travels around the world performing on cruise ships and at nightclubs. Mike's shows are a mix of juggling, music, and visual spectacle. "You have really funny comedy jugglers who don't really juggle, or you have really good jugglers that don't really talk, and I think I kind of bridge the gap between there."
He recently took his skills to the next level--competing on this season's 'America's Got Talent'. Mike wowed the judges, but faltered on his way to the semi-finals, dropping a flaming pin during his routine.
"I could do the routine thousands of times and not drop, and the one time it really mattered, it just... it wasn't in the cards," Mike admits.
Judge Howard Stern told Mike, "I love your expertise, you dropped a pin.. the good news is you made it this far."
Mike thought the judges were fair. "As far as their criticism at the very end when I got kicked off--they were being honest, I dropped."
He is happy to be home with family, and ready for his next adventure.
"Every day I'm in a different city and I haven't unpacked my.. I'm 33, I haven't unpacked my suitcase since I was 15," Mike exclaims.
Mike says he may audition for 'America's Got Talent' again next year. You can keep track of his travels and upcoming shows by clicking here.