Wee and Morse met at a juggling convention when they were in college. Wee had been performing since he was 14 years old, and Morse had been a juggler at Disneyland. After they graduated, the two did a show together, and the rest is history.
"After graduating, I said, 'Do I get a real job or do this?'" said Morse. Obviously, they chose the latter. And they've done pretty well, too.
The Passing Zone has led seminars on improving teams and managing the tasks of busy professionals for many A-list companies such as Forbes, IBM, McDonald's, and Wells Fargo. Cashing in on the juggling metaphor, the team is able to visually exhibit principles that they teach in an entertaining way.
"The idea of Owen and I having to communicate, cooperate, prepare together, relying on each others' strengths, and compensate for each others' errors or things like that, we really started to realize that this resonates well with corporate audiences," Wee added.
The team is also known for juggling some pretty unusual items. From juggling running chainsaws to lit torches, the team knows a thing or two about pushing the envelope and keeping things interesting.
"We encourage people to think outside the box. Here we are, a couple of 40-year-old guys dancing around on stage in purple tights throwing around chainsaws. It's definitely risky and creative and unusual, but that's what makes it special," said Wee.
The Passing Zone has also made their mark by creating five Guinness World Records, all related to juggling. They have been awarded 18 gold metals by the International Jugglers Association, as well.
The Passing Zone has performed on TV, in movies, and at various venues all over the world. They most recently appeared on the first season of the NBC show America's Got Talent. When the team made it to the finals, they did a routine that brought host David Hasselhoff to the stage; as all three men wore torches atop construction helmets, Hasselhoff held four spinning plates and Wee and Morse passed sickles back and forth around him. Though the team did not take home the winning title, they still got their fair share of good exposure.
"It takes quite a few live performances to equal 13 million people. In one night, 13 million people know your name," said Morse.
"Plus, we got to be buddies with David Hasselhoff," said Wee jokingly.