In “The Circus that Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest,” Nick describes how he came to have such an unforgettable career. Father Bob introduces Nick and his best friend Doug to sleight-of-hand, and Nick gets to know Jesuit priests during his time at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, as well as perfecting his magic and patter. After time spent in discernment, Nick opts to use his Jesuit ministry in theater and asks to be reassigned to work full-time directing the Council Players. As Nick describes, the group, committed to combining morality tales with circus acts, dubs itself with “a grand-sounding title that would contrast with and mock the show’s tiny scale, lending a tongue-in-cheek atmosphere.” That name is the Royal Lichtenstein Quarter-Ring Sidewalk Circus. It was an exciting and inspirational idea that would have a 22-year run.
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