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December 11, 2013 | Raleigh, NC

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Don’t Miss Entertainer Mark Nizer at First Night Raleigh!

Mark Nizer

Mark Nizer to Juggle Bowling Balls, Fiery Torches, and Flying Lazers at First Night Raleigh

The phrase “Nothing Less Than Brilliant” (Performance Magazine) has been used to describe the outrageous comedy antics and expertly crafted juggling feats of Mark Nizer.

He is scheduled to perform in Memorial Auditorium of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on New Year’s Eve at 5:30, 8:00 and 10:00pm.

Mark Nizer is one of the greatest entertainment comedians and jugglers performing today. His wild exploits have landed him on MTV, HBO’s Just for Laughs, Arsenio Hall, Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians, Comic Strip Live and LA Law. He has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Hope, George Burns, John Byner, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, and Barry Manilow. The late Bob Hope said, “He just keeps getting better and I didn’t think that was possible.”

Making the impossible possible and the improbable probable, Mark Nizer has taken his one- man show to a variety of venues around the world, including The Improv, The Comedy Store, Walt Disney World, numerous college campuses, and all major cruise lines. He has also performed in thousands of opera houses, civic centers, festivals and performing arts centers including the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (three times). Entertainment Magazine states, “Without a doubt the hottest juggler on the entertainment market, Mark Nizer is simply incredible.”

Don’t miss the combination of original comedy, world class juggling, movement, music and technology that promises a spellbinding evening. Whether juggling laser beams at 1000 rpms, or five ping pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth; or even juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16-pound bowling ball, you’ll discover for yourself that Mark Nizer is truly “the juggler your mother warned you about.” Or if she didn’t, she should have.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Downtown Raleigh!

The Raleigh Acorn is lowered to ring in the New Year. While the acorn has become synonymous with First Night Raleigh, the festival is much more than the countdown to midnight. Your admission pass grants you access to every performance and every venue throughout the day. That’s nearly 100 performances in over three dozen locations across downtown Raleigh. What a bargain for just $10!

Buy your 2014 First Night Raleigh All Day Pass in advance and SAVE!

Your “All Day Pass” grants you access to every performance venue and interactive activity all day and all night. Please note: Food or novelty items from festival vendors are not included in the admission price.

Children 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult with an admission pass.

ALL DAY PASS admission buttons are available in advance for $10.00 from Harris Teeter Stores, and Rite Aid Pharmacy Stores, or online via

You can also buy at the following locations beginning December 1, 2013:

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels at Crabtree Valley Mall
City of Raleigh Museum
Logan Trading Company
Marbles Kids Museum Corner Store
The Meat House of Raleigh & Cary
NC Museum of Art
NC Museum of History Shop
NC Museum of Natural Sciences Museum Store & Center Store
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Sosta Café
Triangle Glides

Your All Day Pass can earn you discounts at area arts presenters on December 31 and well into the New Year! Visit the Button Bonuses page to learn more. You could save over $100!


Purchase your First Night admission vouchers from the comfort of home! Print the Etix voucher, and exchange the voucher for an All Day Pass admission wristband at one of the Information and Merchandise Sales Tents on site at First Night Raleigh on December 31!

Adults $13
Children (ages 6-12) $10
(Children 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a button or wristband-wearing adult.)

All Day Pass admission wristbands and First Night Souvenir T-Shirts will be available on site at several Information and Merchandise Sales Tents located throughout the festival – On Bicentennial Plaza, near the giant Ferris wheel, in several locations along Fayetteville Street, and at City Plaza near the Main Stage.