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Saturday, June 12, 2010

BIG APPLE CIRCUS NEWS



Barry Lubin, as " Grandma," performs in the Big Apple Circus. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)
Big Apple Circus Comes to Eisenhower Park
"Welcome Back Bello!” starts June 11 and will continue through July 4

By Long Island Press on Jun 11th, 2010
The Big Apple Circus is back in town for their 32nd season and their fourth visit to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. “Welcome Back Bello!” starts June 11 and will continue through July 4.
The New York City-based circus presents an all-new show every year, featuring renowned circus artists from around the world, including those from the U.S., Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, England, France, Germany, Italy and Russia.
The star of the show, Bello Nock, named America’s best clown by Time magazine, is known for his daredevil acts mixed with his goofball comedy. Bello can be spotted from a mile away with his 13 inch hair standing straight up. When asked about how he gets his hair to stay up that high, he responds: “I put Viagra in my shampoo.”
Performing in his blood. He is a seventh-generation member of a Swiss circus family. His father built the “Wheel of Wonder.” Originally crafted for NASA, it is now used as the high flying double-hamster-wheel-like object that Bello performs on.
Other performances in the big top are a juggler extraordinaire by the name of Picasso Jr. hailing from Spain, grandma the clown, aerial silk dancers, twin male contortionists, a trapeze act, a trampoline act and much more. There are also dancing dogs and horses, some which were rescued by the Big Apple Circus from all across America.
The traditional one-ring Big Apple Circus performs within in a 63-foot tent with a 140-foot diameter and a 440-foot circumference that holds 1,700 seats. The actual big top tent was made in Castlnuovo Scrivia, Italy. It takes a crew of 35 hours to set up, but only takes 3 hours to take it down.
The show is typically two hours with an intermission in the middle. Tickets go on sale June 10 and can be purchased at the Circus Box Office located directly in front of the tent. Seating is all reserved. Tickets range from $15 to $45.
Bello will perform gravity-defying sway pole feats free of charge at the L I Children’s Museum on June 16 a 2 p.m.
from longislandpress.com

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