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Friday, January 14, 2011

Photos: Up close and personal with The Great American (Las Vegas) Circus
By Robin Leach
January 13, 2011
This is one of the most extraordinary photo collections of circus performers and their animals, and as contributing photographer Tom Donoghue said: “I was allowed so close to the animals, at times my hair stood on end when they grazed my arm as I put the lens in the cages!”
The Great American Circus, hailed as featuring some of the best circus performers in the world today, criss-crosses the country to raise funds for Shriners Children’s Hospitals and in each city takes on the name of its host community -- and thus the Las Vegas Circus, which played here for three shows at The Orleans last weekend.


It’s a fun family adventure inside the magical world of the circus that combines strength and skills with beauty and mystery. The circus is hosted by one of the very few female ring mistresses in the circus world today. Michelle Audrey calls all the shots and directs the fun with her stars from around the world, including Poland, Romania, The Republic of Georgia and Mexico.
Those ponderous pachyderms -- or if you prefer magnificent mammals -- bring tons (and tons) of flair with their monumental maneuverings. The star is the largest performing elephant on the planet, Mighty Bo, who has learned 60 tricks.
But the real rage in the cage comes from the majestic tigers and lions with an incomparable trainer for his feline friends. The Marin acrobatic duo from the State Circus in Romania was ballet graceful suspended high above the ring with no net below. Hanging only by their feet or toes, the dynamic couple dice with danger in their unique aerial act. Another Romanian troupe of gymnasts demonstrates dazzling dexterity with routines developed decades ago as a tribute to the circus.
There are cavorting clowns and human cannonball world record holder Captain Circus, who blasts off from the booming barrel and is catapulted freestyle across the arena. The Great American Circus is a yearlong touring troupe that raises money for children and families coping with life-saving surgery and medical research.
Please support them when they perform in your city.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
SEE THE ENTIRE PHOTO COLLECTION AT:
http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/blogs/luxe-life/2011/jan/13/photos-close-and-personal-great-american-las-vegas/



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