The Passing Zone is one of the most successful, sought-after corporate acts working today. Owen Morse and Jon Wee met in 1986 at a juggling convention. Instantly they knew they were destined to be a team. But they decided to graduate from college first. Rather than pursue careers in Economics and Psychology, they lit some torches, and started throwing stuff into the air. And things clicked. They then won juggling awards. That recognition earned an invitation to appear at the renowned Comedy and Magic Club in Los Angeles. On their first night they were approached by the "Tonight Show" talent scout and booked for their first national television appearance in 1990. Johnny Carson enjoyed them so much they were repeat guests. Their first feature film followed, The Addams Family Movie. They also appeared in the award-winning comedy documentary, The Aristocrats. They passed clubs over the heads of the Miss America Pageant contestants during the swimsuit competition. They were finalists on NBC's "America's Got Talent" and were the highest-rated comedy act.
Corporate entertainment and keynote speaking gradually became their primary market. Their act is clean and they appeal to all ages, and all walks of life. So whether their audience is mechanical contractors, software engineers, hairdressers, or billionaire business leaders, they are always a hit. They both entertain and customize their performances by juggling a company's product, incorporating their slogans, and inspiring groups to be better teams. They were a grand success at the national Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) event, quickly followed by other MDRTs in Chicago and Singapore. After main stage appearances at Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the National Speakers Association, YPO, ICPA, and others, the industry took notice. They've been off and running ever since. Clients such as eBay, Firestone, Old Navy, Microsoft, IBM, and Kodak have brought Jon and Owen to their events to liven things up, and motivate people.
Jon and Owen have published articles on Teamwork, Work-Life Balance, and Taking Risks in countless industry periodicals including Business People, Special Events, Smart Meetings, Networking Times, Financial Executives, and Successful Meetings. They were chosen as a Best Bet for entertainment by the Wall Street Journal, and Special Events Magazine named them one of the Hottest 26 Speakers.
Jon and Owen are known as much for their comedy as their juggling skills. They have opened for comedians Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Bob Newhart, Bob Hope, and Penn & Teller. Television appearances have included "Comic Strip Live," "An Evening at The Improv," "MADtv," and Penn & Teller's "Sin City Spectacular." They were commentators on ESPN for World Juggling Federation competition coverage and were guest performers at The White House. The Passing Zone have won 5 Guinness World Records and 18 Gold Medals from the International Juggler's Association, receiving an Award of Excellence, given to only 13 acts worldwide. The two Passing Zone talents are also CPAE award winners (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) International Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.
- The Passing Zone on ICE: Innovation, Collaboration, Execution
- Teamwork: The Power of Partnership
Entertainment, Humor, Team Building, Risk, Goal-setting, Balance
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"Classy, jaw-dropping and hilarious." - Los Angeles Times
"Your outstanding performance substantially exceeded our expectations...everyone thoroughly enjoyed your humor and how you were able to make it relevant to our industry...well worth every dollar." - Deloitte & Touche
"We couldn't be more pleased with The Passing Zone's outstanding performance and their ability to convey the company's message in a fun and entertaining way." - Hewlett-Packard
"Your performance was nothing short of spectacular. And the piece where you actually juggled three of our attendees was one of the most hilarious things we have experienced. What a finale!" - National Speakers Association
"Believe me when I say: HUGE HIT! Also believe me when I say: I'm taking all the credit...and loving it!” - Kiwanis International
"What amazed our audience was your ability to incorporate our message into your routine. An outstanding performance." - Hilton Hotel Corporation