Peter Jarvis + blog

"Peter Jarvis is one of Toronto's most creative and energetic artist performers" - Creative Quarterly

Why I do "Silverelvis" on the street.

Why I do Silverelvis on the street.

I want to give my audience a profound sense of curiosity. (Is it real ? Is it a person ? Is he black, white or purple ?). How can he stand so still for so long ? Is that his real hair ? How can he stand the heat ? How can a real person move like that ? Is it a robot ? How does he have the patience to do this ? Where did he get that jacket ?

Curiosity excites the brain and when that is activated the imagination is engaged and the audience are brought to a place of awe (jaw releases, mouth drops open). The audience experience a stillness on the outside allowing a playful wonder from within themselves.This experience can last one second or minutes and the audience do feel an inspiration within themselves, this will very in intensity depending on the individual and how well I do holding the illusion of the "Silverelvis": character.

My act is about hypnotizing an audience into their imagination, a suspension of their disbelief. The result of the experience is a genuine smile. I took them somewhere. That is why I do this. It shifts people out of the treadmill of the daily distractions and brings them back to their imagination. It's not applause that I hear, like the circle shows, it's curiosity, wonder or conversations of disbelief, that is what I hear. And when I do, I know I have done my job.

This is biggest currency for me. When the audience pay, their curiosity is satiated. That is priceless.

- Peter Jarvis aka: SilverElvis

 

 

What the media are saying:

"Jarvis' abilities are remarkable to say the least". - The Toronto Star

"Peter Jarvis mesmerized his audience with his unusual forms of Body Art" - The Hamilton Spectator

"...kept the audience rivited!" - The Ottawa Citizen

Peter Javis is "one of Toronto's most creative and energetic artist performers" - Creative Quarterly

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The "Cube"

Peter Jarvis suspends the audience's grasp of physical reality as the Spandex "Cube" transforms into extraordinary images that seem impossible for one man to conjure. It stretches, it dances, it spins and keeps the audience riveted by it's innovative expressions. This magical piece has won acclaim in Poland, Hawaii, and England... on the CBC, Much Music, and YTV... and has been featured with symphonies across Canada. The "Cube" has wowed audiences dancing in clubs like the Guverment, Industry and Whiskey Siagon.

Peter Jarvis is a performance artist/entertainer that has been touring internationally for twenty years. Peter has enjoyed performing with Cirque de Soliel, and works extensively in theatre, film, television, and street. Peter Jarvis special brand of performance is rooted in mime/dance, music composition and film. Peter's unique theatrical style of presentations are hypnotically compelling and takes the audience on a very unique journey that is rarely experienced.

 

 

What the media are saying:

"Jarvis' abilities are remarkable to say the least". - The Toronto Star

"Peter Jarvis mesmerized his audience with his unusual forms of Body Art" - The Hamilton Spectator

"...kept the audience rivited!" - The Ottawa Citizen

Peter Javis is "one of Toronto's most creative and energetic artist performers" - Creative Quarterly

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My recent gig as "Silver Elvis" at the Toronto Auto Show

The Silver Elvis act is the most unique spin on Elvis you will ever see. A creation of Toronto performance artist Peter Jarvis, this silver robotic statue of Elvis, (Not unlike Elvis himself), is cash activated - " thank you,... thank you very much". In a world of 58,000 Elvis impersonators - there is only one Elvis simulator. Silver Elvis is the simulation of the inspiration. Teens freak when they see this Memphis mechanical move, grandmothers swoon as toddlers dance with this "King of Bling " to the platinum hits. Silver Elvis sightings have been witnessed from the United States, New Zealand, Kiev, Ireland, Malaysia, and coast to coast in Canada. Toronto sun: "Silver Elvis best street act in Toronto".

 

 

What the media are saying:

"Silver Elvis voted Toronto's best busker four consecutive years". Now magazine readers pole

In Singapore Silver Elvis has been dubbed, "The ghost of Elvis".

In Halifax people say, "Elvis has left the Wharf"

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"The Beefeater" makes an appearance in Parliament

Treat your party guests like royalty. This "Beefeater", is a greeter or statue guard for your London themed event or to add a regal entrance to your gala ballroom entrance. This iconic character will add class to your travel the world promotions and yes your guests will love to have photos next to this palace guard. This character toured across Canada for Bank of Montreal events.

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"The Strawman" was a huge hit at the Pumpkin festival

 

 

What the media are saying:

“Pete Jarvis, a performance artist with and endless repertoire of characters and a body that defies the laws of gravity and flexibility to add humour and wonder to the stage” - The Hamilton Spectator

“Jarvis’ abilities are remarkable, to say the least” - The Toronto Star.

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"Charlie Chaplin" floored 'em at the silent auction

Chaplin is a heart-warming character that Peter Jarvis dances ad mimes with his own unique touch. Peter Jarvis’ Chaplin character has dressed windows in an Eaton’s display and roller skated down fashion show runways and greeted at cocktail hour. This versatile character can add charm and warmth to your reception, stage show, window display or convention booth.

 

 

What the media are saying:

“ A man of numerous identities and talents, who mesmerized audiences with his unusual forms of body art” - The Hamilton Spectator

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