Tommy Bartlett Show Flies High with New-Age Water Tricks and Top-Notch Stunts; One of the Midwest's Most-loved Family Shows Kicks Off Season May 23

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The 90-minute show performs daily, rain or shine, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Fun, excitement, and live entertainment in Wisconsin Dells for the whole family.

FlyBoard flips over Lake Delton

FlyBoard flips over Lake Delton during Tommy Bartlett Show

People are in awe of the really takes the Show to new heights and shows off some great new technology.

They are the probably the best-known showoffs, and one of the Midwest's most-loved family shows, and they are proud of it. The Tommy Bartlett water-ski team takes to the water, Friday, May 23, for the traditional summer kick-off of the Tommy Bartlett Show’s 62nd season on the shores of Lake Delton, in Wisconsin Dells.

“There aren’t many 60-plus-year-olds that can move the way we can,” quipped Tom Diehl, owner and general manager of the venerable water-ski, sky and stage show, which stands as a staple attraction in Wisconsin Dells and is loved by generations of vacationers across the Midwest.

The Show is a 90-minute, live extravaganza, featuring a mix of fast-paced water skiing and power boating on the water, thrilling stunt performers on stage and gutsy daredevils high in the sky. Always looking to raise the adrenaline, the Show takes audiences on a wild ride this summer, bringing back the new-fangled FlyBoard. The unique water toy is powered by a jet-ski and uses water propulsion to allow a rider to fly hover and flip above the water and dive in and out of the lake like a dolphin. FlyBoard performers strap into the device, which is tethered to the personal watercraft. Using body movements and balance, the rider can dive into the water and pop back out again; flying high into the air to perform flips and twists to the delight of audiences.

“People are in awe of the FlyBoard,” said Diehl. “It’s such a unique mode of performing tricks; it really takes the Show to new heights and shows off some great new technology.”

In addition to the FlyBoard, other extreme water sports action includes wakeboarding, a hydrofoil sky ski and a multitude of fast-paced trick skiing, including jumps and flips, barefooting and pyramids.

The action and thrills go full-throttle on stage with the Nerveless Nocks and their high-speed stunt motorcycle racing inside the Globe of Thunder. The 18-foot-tall steel globe provides the tight confines in which the Nocks race around in circles and even upside down. Among the stunt riders is 16-year-old Cyrus Nock who first debuted in the Globe act on the Bartlett stage ten years ago at age six. Nearly all grown up, Cyrus continues to be among the youngest of motorcycle stunt riders in the world. He joins his parents, Michelangelo and Carolina, as they race around inside the globe at up to 60 miles per hour.

Young performers Hunter and Carson Howell also put the pedal to metal on the Bartlett stage this summer with their not-so-fast-and-furious unicycle riding. Now ages 16 and 13, the boys have grown up at the Show joining their father on stage. World-class juggler T.J. Howell shows off a range of juggling skills and tosses in his own unique style of humor.
A fun and lighthearted dad-and-daughters routine takes over the stage when The Fausto Scorpions kick it into high gear with their fast-paced “risely” foot juggling routine. Using only the power of his legs, Toto Fausto balances and propels daughters Stephanie and Sherry into the air to perform flips and twists. With the help of mom, Ember, the family literally shows what it takes to balance work and family life; a little bit of humor goes a long way.

The fun and antics continue each night at 8:30 p.m. with the appearance of classic comedic juggler Dieter Tasso. With his unique, subtle brand of humor and distinct juggling and balancing act, Dieter echoes, “You Like it, I Do it Again!” as he balances tea cups and top hats on his head, feet and nose. Dieter remains an audience favorite with more than 30 collective years on the Bartlett stage.

“The range in age of our performers reflects the wide array of people to whom we appeal. From very young children to older adults, the Tommy Bartlett Show is one for the generations,” added Diehl.

At night, all eyes turn to the sky for one of the most breathtaking spectacles – the daring flight of our lighted hang-glider kite. Our gutsy pilot is launched from the Bartlett stage by speedboat and towed to a height of 700 feet; the tow line is released and our performer skillfully glides back down to the very spot from which he launched. It’s truly a sight to behold.

The Tommy Bartlett Show is one of Wisconsin’s most-beloved classic attractions. Generations of families have enjoyed a visit to the Show each summer during their Wisconsin Dells vacations. The Tommy Bartlett Show runs daily, rain or shine, at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. General admission tickets are $21 for adults, $16.80 for seniors and $12 for children ages 5 to 11. Children four and younger are free if they sit on an adult’s lap. Reserved seating for the 8:30 p.m. Show is available at an additional cost. For more information, please call (608) 254-2525 or visit

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