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Some things naturally go together. Take peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, beer and fishing. Other things, such as gas-powered chainsaws and juggling, require a certain brilliant madness to connect.

Enter Owen Morse and John Wee, the five-time Guinness World Record pioneers who compose The Passing Zone, a comedic juggling act. The two stage geniuses hold 18 International Jugglers Association gold medals and stand as the first juggling duo to pass 11 clubs between them. They routinely perform really dangerous stunts, like passing handfuls of machetes while riding 6-foot unicycles. Morse and Wee even juggle people (as in live humans) during one of their acts.

Wee and Morse have been innovators on the juggling scene since their initial pairing at a juggling convention in 1986. After realizing that they shared similar goals, the two tossed their dreams into reality and quickly began sweeping competitions and earning acclaim. They travel at the aggressive pace of 200 days each year, primarily as keynote and motivational speakers. Apparently, the whole juggling chainsaw bit can be very inspirational; and nobody complains as the boss or CEO is hefted dizzily through the air.

Aside from the unconventional razor-sharp items flying through the air, the highlights of The Passing Zone prove to be Morse and Wee's cutting wit and humor. Don't let this zone pass you by.

-- Matthew Schniper

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The Passing Zone Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo

Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.

$20, call 719/295-7222 for tickets or more information.

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