How Cirque du Soleil Acrobat Jeff Raz Optimizes His Mind & Body For Peak Performance

by Parveen Panwar, Mr. Activated Authority Magazine – Jul 22, 2020 As a part of our series about “How Athletes Optimize Their Mind & Body For Peak Performance”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Raz. Jeff Raz has performed internationally for decades, starring as an acrobat, juggler and clown in circuses including Cirque du Soleil and the Pickle Family Circus, and as an actor in theaters from Berkeley Rep to Broadway. He has … Read More

5 things I wish someone told me when I first became an author

Interview with Chaya Weiner As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Raz. Jeff Raz is an acclaimed author, playwright, stage director and performer (he has starred on Broadway and with Cirque du Soleil as well as a global communications consultant. His first book, The Secret Life of Clowns, was launched at the Smithsonian Institution in … Read More

Creating a Fantastic Work Culture

by Yitzi Weiner, Authority Magazine and in Thrive Global, July 19, 2019   To create a fantastic work culture find moments, however small, for human connection — in person, on the phone, or in an email.  Jeff Raz “Finding moments, however small, for human connection — in person, on the phone, in an email. I call these “micro-connections,” the opposite of micro-aggressions. As a “healthcare clown,” working in a big San Francisco hospital, I … Read More

NPR Word by Word Interview with Jeff

Northern California Public Media’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers host Gil Mansergh wanted to juggle things up a bit, so our first guest for 2019 is the internationally renowned juggler, clown, teacher, playwright and author Jeff Raz. They discussed Jeff’s latest book, The Snow Clown and Jeff’s adventures teaching circus arts in Alaska to Native students.

Podcast with Dr. Ricky Fishman

In this Podcast, Jeff speaks with Dr. Ricky Fishman of Health Grooves about the role of clowning in health and healing as well as his own journey to become a world-renowned clown. Jeff talks about his life path including his professional clowning career and co-founding Medical Clown Project and his belief in the healing power of laughter.

The Secret Life of Clowns by Jeff Raz – Part Storytelling, Part Curriculum, All Heart

April 2, 2018 – Samantha Cosentino Baker – I don’t know if it’s ever been said that a clown is the heart of circus, but it sure rings true. It seems a clown’s job is not only to move an audience toward laughter but also to represent the humanity of circus and project that for us to be reminded of our own. Circus artists can be not only strong acrobats, graceful dancers, quick … Read More

Interview in American Circus Educators

Jeff was featured in an interview in the Winter 2017 edition of American Circus Educators Magazine. Click here or on the image below to open the online magazine, then go to page 10.

Book Review – Another Look at Clowning

Ernest Albrecht of Spectacle Magazine – July 2017 Over the course of the nearly twenty years that I have been publishing Spectacle I have been sent several books on clowning, which I have been asked to review. I was able to actually finish reading very few of them. Most discussed clowning on an abstract, poetic level I found hard to swallow or even make any sense out of. Now along comes a new book … Read More

Book Review – Secret Life of Clowns

By Adam Gertsacov, Former Cirque du Soleil clown (and Clown Conservatory director) Jeff Raz has written a great new book The Secret Life of Clowns that marries two jobs that he put his heart and soul into. For a brief time, Raz was doing both of these demanding jobs at the same time, and now, about 10 years later, he’s decompressed enough to write about them. I should say that I know Raz … Read More

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