THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO MY TWIN BROTHER, BILL DYKES (1943-1995). WE WERE NOT ONLY BROTHERS BUT PARTNERS IN BUSINESS AND BEST FRIENDS!AND TO ALL THE "BUTCHERS" THAT HAVE PASSED ON TO THE BIG LOT IN THE SKY!
FROM THE BALLOONMAN--
I'd like to thanks all of you for your Happy Birthday Wishes and Cards. My Birthday was May 13, 2013. And I just passed another mile stone in my life. I turned 70! Also would like to thank the wishes to get well while in the Hospital last week. My legs are giving me a fit! But I was home to celebrate my Birthday. This Blog means a lot to me and I hope I can continue publishing it for another 5 years! Don't forget let me hear from you via the comments, it's the only reward I get for doing this. Thanks Again and "May all your days be CIRCUS DAYS!"
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Behind The Scenes: Moscow State Circus 2013
Published on Apr 13, 2013
BlingTV takes a peak behind the scenes at the Moscow State Circus.
The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation is holding the 1st Annual Hampton Beach State Park Olde Tyme Fair June 6-9, 2013. The Fair will kick off the season for Hampton Beach State Park and will be the first fair of the season in New Hampshire.
The Olde Tyme Fair will feature: •Carnival Rides •Games •Local food vendors and fair concessions •Arts & crafts •Entertainment including concerts and local acts •Petting zoo •Fireworks •Traditional old New Hampshire exhibits and demonstrations.
Kimberly Marcotte gets makeup help from Zore Espana before the dress rehearsal of Cirquesa Dreamquest on Friday, May 24, 2013. (Amanda Lucier | The Virginian-Pilot) from: hamptonroads.com The Virginian-Pilot May 25, 2013 VIRGINIA BEACH A voice boomed through the thick black curtains. “Five minutes!” In the tiny backstage, acrobats sent up clouds as they powdered their faces. Dancers affixed one last fake eyelash. The sour smell of greasepaint filled the sticky air. A woman with cascading brown curls groaned as she shimmied herself into tights. “It’s so hard to pull these up when I’m sweaty,” she said. A fellow performer, with stripes of green and blue paint illuminating her eyes, nodded knowingly. “It’s going to be so hot up on the wire.” “One minute!” the voice called.
Bodies dashed to and fro. Performers zipped one another’s costumes. A blond-wigged woman called, “Noemi, I need you to help me with my wings!” The stage’s curtains rustled, then everything went black. “OK, here we go!” the voice sounded. An accordion played from loudspeakers. It was showtime.
The Circus Model Builders 2013 Annual Convention will be held at Circus World in Baraboo, WI May 30th thru June 2nd. 70 CMB members will be displaying their circus models. The public is invited to view the displays during regular museum hours.
Scottsbluff,NE--Early Friday morning a crew raised the big top tent at 900 Broadway Ave. in Scottsbluff for the Carson & Barnes Circus, America's largest traveling big top tent circus.
The Scottsbluff Fire Department's Local 1454 is sponsoring the event that will entertain kids at 2 and 5 p.m. today. "This is our way of raising funds, and then giving it back to the community," said Scottsbluff firefighter Parrish Abel.
Before the show, kids can interact with an assortment of exotic animals, including a Sicilian donkey, llamas, zebras, camels, pygmy goats and Katy, the pygmy hippo. But the stars of the show are undoubtedly the circus' two Asian elephants, Isa and Whimpy.
Ticket prices are $16 for an adult and $10 for a child at the door.
Gemini Circus at VOC Park in Coimbatore. Photo: R. Rathish from: thehindu.com K. JESHI May 26, 2013
Colourful costumes, risky stunts and loads of enthusiasm make Gemini Circus worth a visit
They glide like birds in the air, and gracefully move their bodies to the beats of a popular Hindi number. They smile all along and make it look effortless, but it is an act, which demands total control and balance of mind and body. They do their stunts from a white cloth that hangs from the ceiling. Loud cheers greet them when they take a bow. We are at VOC Park grounds and Gemini Circus is in progress. As the artists pull off risky stunts, the packed audience, especially the kids, are thrilled. ‘Ayyo jokeraa’ mutters a kid in the audience and runs to her mother seated a few chairs away. The clowns get tossed around and the kids can’t stop giggling to their silly jokes. Smart vendors know how to do business and they appear with their pink candy floss, popcorn, and aerated drinks, to tempt the children.
Suddenly, there is silence as a man appears with a pole with five swords on the top. He does stunts that involve him trying to ensure his neck is safe from the sharp blades! There is a burst of sunshine yellow, greens and blues on stage as a bunch of women appear on their cycles and twist, twirl, jump and dance, all the while cycling. A dog show brings on the laughs.
Another beautiful woman hops on to a galloping horse for a joy ride, and entertains the audience with her crazy jumps and dance movements. When the most-awaited jumbo appears on the stage, children gasp in awe. He holds a cricket bat and hits every ball to a six much to the joy of the kids. Next, he appears as a patient who faints on the stage. A ‘doctor’ elephant armed with a stethoscope, pulls his ear and treats him! When a biker vrooms and performs a death-defying jump on the stage, parents hold their kids tightly, even as they keep their eyes glued to the stage. The flying show is an exemplary act. The trapeze artists hold on to a wooden plank and swing in the air, with a protective net below. As we exit the big top, there’s already a buzz at the entrance as families with children in tow await their turn to enter the circus tent for a heady dose of entertainment.
The circus is on till June 16. The shows are at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at Rs. 50, Rs. 100, Rs. 150, and Rs. 200 (for advanced booking). For tickets, call: 72992-33849.
The Kelly Miller Circus will return to the Greene County Fairgrounds on May 28 with shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The circus, which will feature a wide array of entertainment including elephants, lions, clowns, trapeze artists and much more, will serve as a fundraiser for the Greene County Historical Society. from: heraldstandard.com By Dave Zuchowski, for the Greene County Messenger May 24, 2013 WAYNESBURG – Lions, elephants, camels, clowns, aerial acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers and more will caravan into Waynesburg next week for a one-day show under the big top on May 28 at the Greene County Fairgrounds.
They are part of the Kelly Miller Circus, now making their fifth consecutive annual Greene County visit that serves as a fundraiser for the Greene County Historical Society.
“It’s very rare for the Kelly Miller Circus to return to the same venue multiple times, but they like coming to Waynesburg because there’s usually a good turnout for their show here,” said Eben Williams, historical society administrator. “One of our board members, Reverend Donald Wilson, knows some of the people in the circus and encourages them to come to town once a year.”
Rev. Donald Wilson has been a life-long circus fan. So much so, his family gave him a lifetime membership to the Circus Fans of America as a gift a few years ago.
I was introduced to the circus many years ago while I was pastor of a church in West Middlesex, Mercer County,” he said. “I brought them in to raise money for scholarships awarded to students through the local Kiwanis Club.”
When Rev. Wilson moved to Greene County ten years ago, he booked the circus for a youth program at the First Baptist Church of Waynesburg. After their successful performance, he suggested they return on a larger scale at the fairgrounds as a fundraiser for the historical society.
“The fairgrounds have been an ideal venue, and I can’t thank the county commissioners enough for their help and support,” he said. read more: http://www.heraldstandard.com/gcm/news/local_news/kelly-miller-circus-returning-to-greene-county/article_592fcd9f-bd83-5308-9a6e-fdb61bd20102.html?mode=story
Tom Duffy's Circus. By Duncan Elder 24/05/2013
Duffy’s Circus could be granted permission to set up its big top at Loughshore Park next month, just weeks after the council voted not to allow circuses which use animals on its land.
On Monday evening the council’s Policy and Governance Committee voted in favour of a renewed application by Duffy’s - just three weeks after the original request to use council land in Jordanstown and Ballyclare was turned down.
The vote was taken in controversial circumstances after the DUP’s Thomas Hogg, an outspoken opponent of circuses which use animals, took ill during the debate, collapsed and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance.
Proceedings had to be suspended for a time, and when chairman Billy Ball reconvened the meeting some members suggested that the issue be deferred given councillor Hogg’s enforced absence, and the fact that he had been accompanied to the hospital by councillors Lynn Frazer and Pamela Barr.
However, Mayor Victor Robinson proposed that a decision be taken on the Duffy’s application and the debate continued.
A number of councillors, some of whom had taken up Duffy’s invite to visit the circus and see for themselves the way its animals are kept and treated, had changed their mind since last month’s meeting.
Among those who said they were impressed by the condition of the animals at Duffy’s were alderman Robinson and Alliance councillor Pat McCudden. They also pointed to the thousands of people who went to see the circus the last time it was in the borough.
Mr McCudden said that since last month’s council meeting he had been “inundated with calls from people wishing to retain the circus.”
Councillor John Scott said it was preferable that the circus should set up on council land, rather than on private property.
“It could go to a farmer’s field somewhere and then whatever happens happens,” he said. “But at least if it’s on council land we can keep an eye on it.” The UUP man added that the USPCA could be invited to inspect the animals if necessary.
Councillor Billy Webb hit back, branding circuses which use animals “cruel”, regardless of whether or not the animals have been born into captivity, while his party colleague, John Blair again called for a permanent ban on circuses which exploit animals from using council land.
Sinn Fein representative Gerry O’Reilly added that the council shouldn’t be seen to be endorsing the actions of those who “exploit animals for profit”.
Following the break in proceedings after councillor Hogg’s collapse, members voted 11 - 7 against deferring the issue until next week’s full council meeting - a move which sparked alderman Blair to point the finger at the young DUP man’s colleagues, and claim: “Some animals I have met over the years have shown more commitment, decency and loyalty than some humans have shown here tonight.” read and more: http://www.newtownabbeytoday.co.uk/news/local/circus-wins-backing-of-council-committee-1-5122954
From the Big Top to the Big Leagues – we couldn’t leave Boston without stopping by a Boston Red Sox game!\ Our own John Kennedy Kane and Elayne Kramer clown around Fenway Park with Wally the Green Monster.
Circus Marriage Proposal: Performer Uses Giant Balloon To 'Pop' The Question (PHOTOS)
Jonathan Evans from: The Huffington Post By Erin Migdol 05/23/2013 Most men get ready to propose to their girlfriends by putting on a nice outfit and making sure the ring is tucked into their pocket. Vancouver circus performer Nigel Wakita got ready by by stuffing himself inside a giant balloon!
Wakita is the director of recreational education and a performer at the Vancouver Circus School, and his girlfriend, Fiona Walsh, also works at the school as a performer and office administrator. He told HuffPost Weddings that, since he knew she wanted a big, public proposal, he decided to organize a show at the school and pop the question during his balloon act, in which he puts himself inside a giant balloon.
Wakita and his fellow performers told Walsh that they would be putting on a free show on May 18. Walsh agreed to not only participate in the show, but also help promote it (which allowed their friends and family to attend without making Walsh suspicious).
The show, held at the school's performance space, attracted about 250 spectators and included acts like trapeze artists, jugglers and contortionists. Towards the end of the hour-long show, Walsh took the stage to perform her silk aerial routine. Then, Wakita joined her onstage to perform his crowd-pleasing balloon act.
Using a leaf-blower, Wakita filled a giant balloon with air and fit himself inside it. After entertaining the crowd for a few minutes, he bounced over to the wings for the "quick change" portion of the act. Wakita said normally, his castmembers feed him a silly outfit through the opening in the balloon, and he changes inside the ballon and reveals his new outfit after escaping from the balloon. This time, however, they gave him a nice pair of black pants and a shirt -- and the ring. read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/circus-marriage-proposal_n_3322178.html