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Early days

Merriweathers' real name is Mark Shelton. Mark has been a performing artist for most of his life. He began performing at only nine years old ,when together with his Mom, a singer and actress, he featured in a Stage Musical "South Pacific".He kept up his interest in theatre and performance appearing onstage whenever he found the oppurtunity.

After school Mark studied for a BA Soc Science at UCT., majoring in Philosophy

The Long and winding road

Then the travel bug hit and Mark spent four years travelling Europe and the Middle east, visiting in all 23 countries, It was whilst watching street performers in France that he first realised his passion for clowning. He travelled Europe with a juggling act taking part in four major European festivals: ;Avignon festival (France) ;Bilbao festival (spain) ;San Sebastian (spain) ;Asti (Italy)

As seen on TV

Marks juggling skills have featured on the SABC sitcom "Fishy Feshuns" Mark has also been interviewed live on the SABC magazine program "Take Five". Watch out for Mark in the upcoming program Corne' and Twakkies: "The Most Amazing Show", where he appears as a guest artist (in full clown character)

Marks Clowning skills have featured in two international television commercials screened in Germany and Turkey..

Personal records

Mark is the SA balloon modelling recordholder. At Horwoods farm in Edenvale JHB on the 30th July 2005, he inflated by mouth and twisted 257 balloons in one hour, The event was a fundraiser for Nkosi's Haven.

(the balloon record is held by John Cassidy of the USA (529) in one hour.)

Marks personal record for the toss and catch with a diabolo is 37 metres, achieved in Pisa, Italy. His attempt reached the top of seventh storey of the leaning tower of Pisa, which stands at 55.86 metres or 185 feet.

By the way

Mark performed at Nelson Mandela's 80th Birthday celebration at the Kruger National Park.

Mark has been hired three times for Thabo Mbeki's Childrens day.

Mark has had occasion to present his balloon Teddy Bears to such diverse personalities as, David Kramer, Jennifer ferguson. Koos Kombuis, Gordon Mulholland as well as hundreds of almost- famous folks you probably haven't heard of.


Mark has written volumes of serious, comic and kids poetry as well as a number of songs which e performs on guitar. Some of Mungos other favourite pastimes include, taking a long stroll in natural surroundings, pottering around the garden, Reading, watching movies and playing chess.

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