After seeing jugglers at the State Fair in 2002, Erik bought bought his first juggling balls and began to practice, he picked it up in about 10 minutes and decided, "This is What
I want to do with my life." He continued to practice and began to master the art of juggling. After watching his brother Travis, Erik began to learn numerous circus stunts
including mental floss, which he performed along with fire juggling and the devilstick at his first show, a halloween party 2003. In 2004 at age 14 Erik became
"The World's Youngest Fire-Eater" and went on a national tour with the Pickled Brothers performing in 6 different states, and ending with a performance in Pennsylvania at the 2004 Sideshow
Gathering Labor Day Weekend, where Erik performed a dropless routine in front of Circus Legends such as Ward Hall and Chris Christ. Since then, Erik has broken 7 world records, performed in
the US, Asia and Europe, and is on his way to becoming one of the best circus performers of all time.
Photo by Susan Fessler