Testimonials

 

“it’s the Wild West lasso-wielding clownLeapin’ Louie Lichtenstein who’s going to make the $20 price tag well worth your time. The man is f***** amazing. The crowd lost their s*** after every one of his acts—from the 20-foot diameter lasso he swung overhead while riding a super-tall unicycle, to the bull whip he cracked at the front row’s faces.  … I’d see this guy perform again in a heartbeat.”

–Portland Mercury

“Although his ability and talent are impressive, Lichtenstein’s real gift is his warmth and humor – attributes he uses to create an intimate alliance with the audience.”

–Roseburg News Review

“Lichtenstein, a multitalented performer, has to be seen to be believed.”

–Portland Oregonian

“You can work a crowd as well as, if not better than, any performer I have seen.” _

–James Aday, Director, Vancouver International Children’s Festival

“Needless to say, he was a huge hit. There was standing room only when he performed and just a great response from the audience. Whether he was pulling off extraordinary lasso trick, or feigning incompetence on his tall unicycle, or lighting his head on fire, he never failed to enthrall our audiences. While acting the buffoon for much of his act his talent and sense of humor was always extremely sophisticated.”

–David Cohen, Executive Director, Salem Art Fair

“The show’s a calamity, but somehow you love it: Lichtenstein is charming. He’s as warm as fresh bread. He seems so humble, you almost forget he’s a nimble comic who has a vast repertoire—”

–Portland Oregonian

“Le 1er prix au cow-boy Leapin’ Louie est excellent. Le gars a une geuele et son spectacle une vraie personnalite. Il nous montre autre chose.”

–Lova Golovtchiner (Swiss theater and TV personality)

“His humor is refreshing and unpredictable and universally appealing. He is a consummate performer whose skills are so impressive that he can hold the attention of any audience …”

–Don Walker, Director, Kids Konnection Circus Project

“You went overtime but all our techies were laughing too hard to do anything.”

–Marc Rothschild, stage manager, Charlotte Martin Theatre, Seattle Bumbershoot

Corporate

“Thank you again for your marvelous contribution to the success of the Chief Executive Roundtable Retreat last July at Salishan. Everyone who saw your act was joyfully entertained. — The comment and references to OGI and the retreat definitely personalized the program, and including some of the audience as participants in your act was fun for everyone.

Now — about your act … It’s GREAT!

Thank you again, David. We were very pleasantly entertained.”

Sincerely, — Karna Berry, Events Coordinator, Chief Executive Roundtable

–Dear David:

“Your performances were outstanding! I’ve personally seen your act several times, and you never fail to extract chuckles from your audience. Your acts were professional and a very positive contribution to our event. … I also appreciate your adaptability to an unusual venue, such as PDX.”

— Katy Tobie, Community Relations Specialist, Port of Portland

Fairs and Festivals

“You are truly a “funny man”. Your shows were well-received by the audience and seemed to be enjoyed by all.”

–Chris Cullen, Washington County Fair

“I want you to know what a pleasure it was working with you during the 1994 Del Mar Fair!

We thoroughly enjoy your unique show, as you bring a little of the “old fashioned” comedy to the fair. I like the way you incorporate audience participation into your shows, as the kids, especially, enjoy being “stars” for while.

As a roving entertainer, I watched you draw record crowds, again, and again. We received many positive comments about your shows, during, and long after the fair.

Your ability to be flexible in scheduling, to fill in whenever needed, is a big plus, and greatly appreciated by us all.

I look forward to working with you again soon.”

–Catherine Griffith (now Catherine Mordente) Del Mar Fair

“I enjoyed his shows so much that I watched every one and laughed just as hard the last time I saw it as I did the first.

Throughout the fair, David was an absolute pleasure to work with. At all times, I found him to be very reliable and professional. I could rely on him to bring in a very large crowd, even at odd hours when the Kidz Zone was empty. By the end of every show, I was guaranteed to have a tent full of people. In fact, by the second day of the fair, I had to add more seating because his shows were in such high demand. At times, even that wasn’t enough.

More than anything, I was impressed by David’s display of continuous energy. Whenever he wasn’t performing on stage, he was entertaining thousands of people on the streets throughout the Fairgrounds”

–Jackie D. Kirk, Kids Zone Manager, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

“Your strolling and stage shows are always a hit and we sure enjoy the reactions from the crowd when you light your cap on fire!”

–Heidi Wilson, Ass. Director, Clark County Fair

–David, your act was very well received. People enjoyed both your strolling sets, as well as your stage shows. You provided fun entertainment that was enjoyed by all ages.

We enjoyed having you as a part of the 1999 Iowa State Fair, and look forward to working with you again in the future.

Sincerely, — Jan Higgins, Assistant Manager, Iowa State Fair, September, 1999

“Your ability to work at any location and to suggest alternative ideas was appreciated. You were the expert in knowing where and to get crowds and you certainly did. Many of your shows would stop everyone and kept their attention during your entire performance.

The Arizona State Fair has not had walk-around ground entertainment for the last 4 years. Working with you let us know we made the right decision to bring back grounds entertainment.”

Sincerely, — Patricia Dupuis, Arizona State Fair

“You really know how to get a crowd excited. I’ll say it again — you make the event a success! You set the tone for the evening and for that I’m very grateful. “

–Jana K Wilson Youth Programs, Vancouver Parks and Recreation

“I want to thank you for your fine service to the International Children’s Festival. Both your main stage performance and your crowd-pleasing open air show were well received by our audiences and our highly critical production staff.

“You can work a crowd as well as, if not better than, any performer I have seen. Other festival organizers would serve their audiences well by adding you to their performer rosters.–”

–James Aday Director, Vancouver (WA) International Children’s Festival

Schools

“It is a pleasure to recommend David Lichtenstein as both a performer-entertainer and a teacher-artist. …

Kid Konnection is a federally-funded youth at risk project which utilizes circus as an instructional and performance medium to build self-esteem and self-confidence among age 7 to 11 year olds. Our children learn and perform juggling, balancing, unicycling, clowning, mime, tumbling and acrobatics and many other related circus skills. David is a gifted artist and technician in many of these arts and has demonstrated the ability to teach them effectively to children who are often problem learners …

David has proven his ability to reach and motivate these children, partly due to his impressive artistry and physical skills which they respect. He is open to input from his student and creative in guiding them to impressive and satisfying performance experiences. His humor is refreshing and unpredictable and universally appealing. He is a consummate performer whose skills are so impressive that he can hold the attention of any audience and make them want to learn to do what he can do.

A school residency involving David Lichtenstein would be a unique and memorable experience for student and any resultant performance a thrill for everyone involved …”

Sincerely, — Don Walker coordinator, Kid Konnection Circus Project

“Although his ability and talent are impressive, Lichtenstein’s real gift is his warmth and humor — attributes he uses to create an intimate alliance with the audience.”
-Roseburg News Review