The Passing Zone, a two-man juggling team, made their first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The duo had just won seven gold medals at the International Jugglers Festival held at the UCLA campus. They were set to perform at various college campuses over the next two weeks, including Walder College, Enforce College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota in Crookston.

As they took the stage, the audience erupted in applause. The Passing Zone wasted no time in showcasing their unique talent. They began with a high-caliber trick that most other jugglers would save for their finale – bowling ball juggling. And to dispel any doubts about the authenticity of the bowling balls they used, they invited Johnny Carson himself to come on stage and verify their realness. Carson confirmed that they were indeed genuine bowling balls.

With the audience now assured of the authenticity of the props, The Passing Zone proceeded to juggle not just one, but two bowling balls simultaneously. The audience gasped in awe as the duo flawlessly executed the difficult maneuver.

The Passing Zone continued to captivate the viewers with their impressive skills. They seamlessly performed tricks like juggling behind their backs and passing the bowling balls to each other. Their coordination and precision were truly remarkable.

But it was during the flashy part of their act that their talent shone the brightest. The Passing Zone showcased their technical juggling prowess, mesmerizing the crowd with their perfectly timed throws and catches. The audience erupted in applause, appreciating their skill and showmanship.

However, even the most skilled performers can encounter mishaps, and The Passing Zone was no exception. At one point, they found themselves stuck, with two bowling balls caught on top of each other. They tried various techniques to break free, even dropping one of the balls, but the unexpected twist only added to the entertainment factor.

Despite the hiccup, The Passing Zone managed to recover gracefully and seamlessly incorporated the mishap into their act. They continued to juggle with finesse, making the audience forget about the momentary slip-up.

As their performance came to an end, The Passing Zone left the audience in awe. Their skill, talent, and ability to entertain were undeniable. The duo had taken the art of juggling to new heights and left a lasting impression on everyone fortunate enough to witness their act on The Tonight Show.

The Passing Zone‘s appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on July 9, 1990, marked their introduction to a wider audience. Their remarkable talent and captivating performance solidified their status as one of the most impressive juggling acts of their time.

Originally aired on September 7, 1990