Owen Morse and Jon Wee met in 1986 at a juggling convention and instantly knew they were destined to be a team. But they decided to graduate from college first. Which they both did. Rather than pursue careers in Economics and Psychology, they lit some torches, and started throwing stuff into the air. And things clicked. Two weeks after their first performance together they won the Silver Medal at the International Jugglers’ Association Teams Competition. The next year they won the Gold. That recognition earned an invitation to appear at the renowned Comedy and Magic Club in Los Angeles, where on their first night they were approached by the “Tonight Show” talent scout and booked for their first national television appearance in September 1990. Johnny Carson enjoyed them so much they were asked back less than a year later. Their first feature film followed, The Addams Family Movie, where Jon and Owen doubled for Gomez (Raul Julia) and Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) in the climactic Mamushka dagger-passing scene. They also appeared in the award-winning comedy documentary, The Aristocrats.
The Passing Zone’s first London appearance was in the Royal Variety Performance at the Dominion Theatre, performing for Prince Charles and sharing the bill with Tony Bennett and Riverdance. They expanded their US national television audience by passing clubs over the heads of the Miss America Pageant contestants during the swimsuit competition, demonstrating almost inhuman concentration skills! They were finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” performing in Seasons 1 and 11, and both times losing to a young, female singer!
Jon and Owen are known as much for their comedy as their juggling skills. They were featured twice on the gala stage at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and have opened for comedians Jay Leno, George Carlin, Bob Newhart, Bob Hope, and Penn & Teller. Television appearances have included “Comic Strip Live,” “CNN’s Road Warriors,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “An Evening at The Improv,” “MADtv,” Penn & Teller’s “Sin City Spectacular,” “Steve Harvey’s Big Time,” and regular returns to NBC’s “Today.” And they were commentators on ESPN for their coverage of the World Juggling Federation competitions, and the Moxie Games at SkillCon.
Several years ago they were guest performers at The White House.
The Passing Zone has been awarded five Guinness World Records and 18 Gold Medals from the International Juggler’s Association. They were presented with that organization’s Award of Excellence, for “excellence in the art of juggling through professional performance,” which is the most prestigious award in juggling (essentially the Juggling Hall of Fame). In addition, they have been inducted into the National Speaker’s Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame.
They can often be seen doing entertainment and keynote speaking at corporate events, for which they are a natural fit. Their act is clean, so it offends no one. They appeal to all ages, and all walks of life, so whether their audience is a group of mechanical contractors, software engineers, hairdressers, or billionaire business leaders, they are always a hit. Not only do they entertain, but they customize their performances by juggling a company’s product, incorporating their slogans, and inspiring groups to perform as a team, with excellence and creativity.
In addition, The Passing Zone has become popular at theaters and performing arts centers, bringing their zany and sometimes terrifying acts to communities all across the nation. Their most recent show, “The Passing Zone Saves the World!” is currently touring.
Jon and Owen reside in the greater Los Angeles area, where, when they are not throwing things, they spend as much time as possible with their families, and still manage to squeeze in hang gliding, surfing, mountain biking, and motorcycling, although not all at the same time. (from https://passingzone.com/our-story)
Entertainment Topics & Offerings
KEYNOTE / PERFORMANCE TITLES:
Teamwork: The Power of Partnerships
Jon and Owen don't just talk about teamwork - they DO it. The Passing Zone shows your people how to be a high-performance team. It takes trust, cooperation, communication, and practice. Chainsaws fly through the air, audience members become part of the team, and your group will laugh, gasp, and wipe tears from their eyes during this hilarious keynote from one of America's most dynamic performing duos.
The Passing Zone on I.C.E.!
Innovation. Collaboration. Execution. These are the cornerstones of success for this exciting and hilarious duo. In this new keynote, Jon and Owen show your group how these principles lead to success, all while having a great time. If your people can Innovate, Collaborate, and Execute, they can accomplish great things (even without 3 chainsaws!). Serve your next event over ICE!
Customized Live Stream Keynote/Performance
This is a full length live performance, taking place in our warehouse studio theater, where we can talk directly to your people and give them the same presentation they would see if we were on stage in person. This will be customized for your audience, as they experience our performance through the safety of their personal screens. Optional Q&A available (45 up to 60 minutes).
Customized Pre-Recorded Keynote/Performance
Same as above, but rather than watching live, you will be provided a recording of the performance to show your people any time.
Short Videos for Openers, Closers, Breaks and Comic Relief
These are short, customized performances that are written, created, and recorded just for you. This is a perfect way to include fun, energy, and customized content to spice up any online communication you are having with your people, whether it be part of a virtual meeting, or a way to give your people something fun and uplifting.
Learn to Juggle Online Workshop/Interactive Exercise
Teach your people a new skill, to bring them together, have a shared experience, and give them an activity that can stimulate them both mentally and physically in their spare time, anywhere. Juggling has many proven benefits, including improved brain function, hand-eye coordination, creative thinking, and is the perfect way to take a mental health break from other concerns.
4 Guinness World Records
Speakers Hall of Fame (CPAE Award)
Jugglers Hall of Fame (IJA Award of Excellence)
18 Gold Medals from Int’l Jugglers’ Association
Finalists on America’s Got Talent – Season 1
The Tonight Show
America’s Got Talent
Miss America Pageant
Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular
Wendy Williams Show
Stars of Magic
World Record Breakers
Don Francisco Presenta
The Royal Variety Performance
ESPN’s World Juggling Federation Championships
Penn & Teller
Weird Al Yankovic
The White House
Royal Command Performance for Prince Charles
Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal
Great American Comedy Festival
London Business Forum
The Addams Family