Scramble's Circus Story:
Nathaniel "Scramble James" Hughes started juggling in 2009 while he was attending Humboldt State University. Shortly after, he joined the Humboldt Circus and was in his first circus show in the spring of 2010. A year later, in 2011, he traveled to Guatemala and worked with a Guatemalan tent circus for 6 weeks. In 2012, he returned to the United States and toured up-and-down the West Coast with the New Old Time Chautauqua, and Humboldt Varietyville.
After graduating university in 2013, he moved to the San Francisco area and worked at Houdini's Magic Shop, broadening his performance skills. One year later, in 2014, he moved to Portland, Oregon. Since moving to Portland, he has performed with multiple groups including MarchFourth, Circus Luminescence, Rose City Circus, and Flamebouyant Productions.
In the winter of 2016, he returned to Guatemala and started a circus arts education program called, "Circo Patojiano" at Los Patojos School in Jocotenango, Guatemala. The program is still alive and well today, and over 250 kids receive circus arts education. He returned to Portland in June of 2016 and continued to hone his craft while working as a coach at The Circus Project. In May 2018, he won the Fire Entertainer of the Year competition for his excellent Saturday Night Fever inspired act. Then, in July, he and Eli March won the teams category at the International Juggler's Associations annual competition, netting them their first gold medal.
Currently, Scramble James regularly performs as a solo artist, with his company Circus Luminescence () and as a collaborating artist in ensemble productions. You can find him performing with MarchFourth, Rose City Circus, Flamebuoyant Productions, Arc In Movement, and at events such as Portland Winter Lights, White Album XMAS, Dante's Sinferno, Moisture Festival, the Oregon Country Fair, and Rose Festival. Contact him now to bring him to your event or gathering!