Not only are The Smith brothers pioneers in their sport, they are also actors and life savers. They have been lifeguards most of their lives watching after their peers since they were 10 years old. That requires a lot of responsibility. The best thing I can say about The Smith brothers is that they are also teachers! They share their art with others. They have put in countless hours with their sport and created a life for themselves that only some of us can dream of.
I heard it said to me once that only %2 of the world is self-motivated enough to run their own businesses. Then the rest of us need cattle prods. The Smith brothers are also known as Sidekick Karate or The Gold Dust Twins.
When they were just out of High School they created a sport that made people like Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace and Joe Lewis famous.
When Chuck Norris needed advice, he went to Ricky and Randy’s mentor, Jerry Piddington.
Jerry has been on the cover of many martial arts magazines and is also an actor. He travels the world sharing his talents.
I was given an opportunity to photograph a Black Belt and Brown Belt promotion ceremony that many of Ricky Randy and Jerry’s black belts attended.
I was especially amazed at one young brown belt that convinced me he could fly. He could fly because he had motivation from the best martial artists on the planet! His Father Shawn Bolick is also a student. But Ben Bollick is Batman!
My wife and I made plans for one year to make sure we could take a vacation planned around The Venardos Circus in Asheville, NC. We planned to stay for ten days! The first day of prep two days before take-off, our slide out on our RV broke. This was our third of three slide outs to break in some manor to hinder our plans. Fortunately, I found the Mobile RV Doctor Gary Casto. $611.00 later and an entire day of wrenching we were ready and determined to catch the sold-out show. A dealer would have ruined the trip and charged me twice as much. Dr Casto did some Circus type move and found his tools blindly and actually put on difficult threads blind! I’ve been through some wanna be RV techs through the triad and i have found my Dr. Call Gary +1 (336) 692-5984 if you are in a bind. We thought we might catch a hotel. But booking a Hotel in Asheville during leaf blowing season is a $300.00 per night adventure for a room. I was thinking the entire time having flashbacks of 30 years on the road as an entertainer, thinking, imagine my problem times 20 other entertainers! These entertainers had deadlines to meet and have to make the show come hell or broken slide outs! On our way, we blocked traffic for a while as Asheville makes these skinny turns to the interstate too small for trucks or large RV’s. I narrowly missed a median sign and but for the kindness of a stranger might still be there trying to avoid scratches on my fifth wheel.
In my thirty years on the road as a professional Frisbee
Flying Disc player I ran into the best and worst acts on the road in many
different venues. I learned first-hand
how hard it is to market and sell an act.
I had learned the hard way from town to town and had an understanding at
the marvel I was about to witness.
I pulled into the Venardos Circus on the last leg of their US
tour in the middle of their two-week showing in Asheville. I was awed by the
neatness, cleanliness and visual appeal of the set up. They kept their lot squeaky clean. I was
amazed by the signage, the generators, the vendor trucks and the way the
entertainers all had many different hats to wear.
Every single entertainer was seasoned often many generations
of life-long Circus and stage performers.
This was a rare treat for any town.
Every single entertainer came from larger shows that swap talent. They swab the decks and wash the floors. The owner of the Circus takes the garbage out
at the end of each show. Behind the
glitz and glamour of being famous in their own specialty arts, they each
swabbed the stage, set up the tents, sold the concessions, worked the ticket
booths and worked this show 24/7! You
could tell it. Each act could carry an
audience on their own for hours at a time.
However, Venardos produced a show that was nothing short of a Broadway
or Vegas show with incredible timing and professionalism! There is no wonder
that he is booked for FORTY-FIVE MORE dates all over the United States for the
2020 season. They had to easily work 16 hour days full blast all day!
His hospitality was amazing.
He extended an invitation for me to live with his team for the rest of
his duration in Asheville. I had to
think of the love I have for my wife and had to leave because of her
schedule. I did not want to leave!
I understand Kevin is looking for a good sound and light person! His last stop is at my favorite town in St Augustine, Florida to kick off his 45 town 2020 season! He will be performing on the same stage as many of the most popular musicians of all times have performed at The St Augustine Ampitheatre! When I lived in St Augustine, I could barely feed myself and my favorite ex-girlfriend! Kevin has twenty teams to feed and their families!
Circus families are the greatest entertainers and athletes
of our time. You have to see it to
I am currently in the Dog House with Vimeo Video. I posted some news rips and that violated their upload policy. So I am rebuilding my site. I’m leaving up my titles so I can mark what videos I need to find a new home for!
You can tell a class act when you meet one! In this case I met two! Bubba Blackwell and his partner Ron worked their asses off in 100 degree plus weather for two shows at Smokin’ Harley Davidson in Winston-Salem, NC 20190713! He treated me to a first-class spot and made me feel at home right away! I’ll have some video ready before long! I’d love to see his big truck jumping ramp set up but there just wasn’t room where we were. I got a kick out of his five-biker chick jump! One biker chick was strapped with a nine or a 40 so if he missed she could come up shooting!
First you have to pick up a guitar or a set of drum sticks
then learn how to play. Then you have to
find a dedicated singer or fake it yourself.
Now ,You can stay in your Mom’s basement for 40 years but eventually you
are going to have to sell an act. Most
of us can’t even make plans with a Hot Date where we are going to go for the
night. Try Organizing just one show for
a band. You make sure the band and all
the band’s guests are taken care of.
Then comes the media. You want to
give the photographers and videographers as much latitude as possible unless
they are socially unacceptable.
The first thing you know are the bands fan club is going to
come and hold their I phones in the face of the band blocking your pro
shot. It is a new thing. Watch where the pro photographer is setting
up then run in front of him with your Iphones.
But this fan club isn’t getting a shot.
They are moving their Iphones and shaking them with the beat of the
No band or photographer or videographer is worth a damn without
a good sound and light man! I would love
to met Craig Clarke in Sarasota someday.
I wanted to give a special Shout out to the Sound man and the light show guy Larry Hedrick from After Hours
Tavern. The club was clean and didn’t
smell like bar rot. You know that bar
rot…..The kind that eats the rubber off the waitresses and bar tender’s shoes
and burns their feet!
Diane Hoffman is a gifted singer and musician. She pulls two jobs and also manages to keep bands together and finds them nice places
to play! Havoc along with Larry Hedrick
the light guy made it easy to photograph
and get video of their metal rock band.
The drummer was set up on a stage and the cymbals weren’t blocking his
face. The musicians didn’t step over
each other and made it easy to get full shots and close ups of them working
together. The tough part was getting
over all the IPhones.
Havoc had a Judas Priest like singer in the audience, Brian Meyer and let him get on stage. Then my favorite, Diane Hoffman kicked off her shoes and sang rock and Roll and the blues right out of the starting gate. Havoc traveled from Myrtle Beach to entertain us in High Point. The opening act was awesome too!
When I get together with Diane I’ll get contact info on how
to book her bands. When the opening act
contacts me I’ll pass along the contact info.
Diane made it possible for you guys to use these photos. Please download the high resolution photos on Flickr and not the stepped on version on facebook. Facebook has a purpose But they mash a 30mb photo to 80kb. Give Shane K. Smith a credit when you share, put my name on your album cover if you use them for an album (CD). Give me back stage passes! When the money starts flowing pass some around!
For now my Vimeo account is down 20200424. I am going to leave my page in limbo because they may give it back to me. I violated some copy-rite laws. Vimeo sent me a refund but can’t let me come back. I knew I did the wrong thing. I will reload this video via youtube or another video viewing site. Stay Tuned! Doing Doing Doing Doing!
When you get to my youtube link, type south in the search bar.
Some of these spark albums are all over the place. Remember like on WordPress, you can click on individual photos and see titles then you can use the arrow buttons to navigate. On FlickR you can actually search for each other. Spark is a creation by adobe that allowed me a new way to set up my photos. However their end result is they want me locked into adobe. It hasn’t worked for me yet but I came up with a few good experiments I would rather not delete!
I used my photo space limits up very quickly because I hate to reduce the size of my photos. So, I began to use the FlickR “EmbedR”. When you scroll through the top photos don’t forget that they are albums from FlickR. If you hover your mouse or finger to the far right of the photo to about halfway down the top photo a flickR > symbol appears and you can scroll through the photos. Sometimes when I view this way the viewer bumps me to FlickR. But I try not to stray away from the button. If you want to view each photo in full resolution you can click on the FlickR logo or my url and it will take you to FlickR. But please hurry back. Eventually I may have most of my work embedded here. I’ll use my available space on WordPress for photo sliders Unless I am showing off my best work.
These .gif images may say click me but aren’t hyperlinked to anywhere for now.
Hey Tyler and Julie!
I set the Frisbee down for long spurts. So long I won’t write about it yet. Lately I’ve been hanging out with my cool dogs Taco and Aroo at Tanglewood park. Out of the blue came this way cool girl named Julie. Julie helped me practice some tricks. She brought a way cool friend to the park with her next time named Tyler. Julie and Tyler have been helping me get back in shape. We are doing it a bit at a time because we have to also watch our dogs closely. These kids have helped me knock the dust off my cool bag of tricks and I am very grateful! If you two made it this far. I’ve put the easy link up to all my you tube videos. I may even load them one at a time here. However, I am right in the middle of re arranging Shane’s Flying Disc Show’s web page. For now that web page bounces here to my photography page. Today is 20200421. I closed my facebook page so I could juggle all of my videos from Vimeo around. That only makes sense if you understand I put a lot of effort in my Facebook page. I re-united over 450 of my old High School friends and that wasn’t easy. I did something wrong by posting some cuts of the National news on Vimeo and I knew better, but I cut the video from the TV and posted it. So I got booted off of Vimeo. I have no excuses, I did the wrong thing. But my web page as a whole is a bit torn up right now because I embedded a lot of my videos that I did on my own to Vimeo. I’m going to leave it in a mess just in case they re-instate the links. In the meantime here are a bunch of how to links on youtube. Then I’ll post a portion of some tricks you can practice like I was trying to show you today to see how it looks.
Here is a series of Freestyle tricks to work on. I took this from the set of youtube videos from the link above.
Here are some Mini tricks for kids Julie’s age.
Here are some Mini tricks for a large audience of kids that are more Tyler’s age. My friend Tyler is just now entering Middle School and picks up on my tricks very quickly. So does Julie!
Here are a few throws we will work on!
I can’t resist this one. About 33.42 I hit a basket from full court on the tenth shot. People liked that as much as anything, especially in Kentucky and North Carolina because they like watching things go through the hoop! This is the large portion of a 45 minute to an hour demo that I did three times a day. One day I did this seven times! That was seven times in six different cities with set up and tear down of a large PA system!
THANK YOU JULIE AND TYLER!
YOU TWO MADE ME FEEL IMPORTANT AGAIN!
Julie, I just remembered. Some of the music I used on my Conneaut Lake Park (CLP) videos was from a musician and producer named Quincy Jones.
Ju Ju Julio Julie got to me today. She took off back to Kentucky! Girls from Kentucky are good at trashining my heart. Good thing is she might come back to visit.
X-DISCS FORMERLY KNOWN AS PYRA-DISCS!
Special thanks to Scott Thompson! Scott is the creator of the X-Disc! I’ve had more fun with X-Discs than I can put in words. Using this Disc is an ideal way to bring in a crowd and put a smile on someone’s face!
Shane Raises Money to Help Fight Muscular Dystrophy. He makes a Pit Stop in Ohio to Spin The Dialing for Dollars Wheel!
Shane’s Flying Disc Show Spins The Dialing For Dollars Wheel for WUAB TV 43 with Jack Reynolds! Shane Toured Ohio raising money for Muscular Dystrophy.
Maggie, But what do you really do for a living?
I could randomly be seen running around the front page of newspapers and sneaking into TV studios “Spinning” The dialing for dollars wheel! After all, The wheel does look like a Flying Disc! You mentioned Ohio before your Pizza date but I thought you might get a kick out of this.
Pineville Recreation Department 2004
Then the cutest little girl in the park said
“Throw it over here OLD MAN”
I KNEW I STILL HAD MY TOUCH!
Shane often made the front page News or the evening news kickers! The only problem traveling from town to town before the internet was born was keeping up with all the news articles! Shane would be four hours down the road by the time the front page hit the press!