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Friday, February 4, 2011

Circus Gatti brings rings of fun to town
Troupe plans eight performances with aerial acrobatics, elephants and much more

By BRAD NEWMAN
February 3, 2011
Amazing acrobats! Daring stunts! Incredible animals!
Spectators can expect three rings of circus thrills when Circus Gatti brings its production to Amarillo next week.
Eight circus performances are scheduled from Feb. 10 to Feb. 13 at the Amarillo Civic Center Cal Farley Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St.
Circus Gatti presents a weekend-long series of performances each year in Amarillo.
The 2011 tour, titled "Pushing the Limits," features a mix of traditional and modern circus acts for all ages to enjoy.
"We keep the show engaging with lots of variety," said Leo Acton, who performs as a circus clown throughout each performance. "It will consistently surprise you and keep you entertained."
Highlights of this year's show include:
• Moto Metal Riders.
Not two, but three motorcycle riders will enter Circus Gatti's Cage of Death.
The riders will zip around inside the enclosed metal globe that reaches only 13.5 feet across.
"It's an amazing feeling," said Alejandro Mesa, one of the riders in the motorcycle act. "Your adrenaline goes up. People go crazy with excitement."
• Aerial acrobatics.
Circus-goers should look up for some of the circus's most impressive acts.
Performers will attempt to shock and awe audiences with gravity-defying ballet, swinging, high-wire walking and more.
"You'll see a lot of daredevil moves in the air," Acton said.
• Circus Gatti Elephants.
Dubbed "world famous," the elephants of Circus Gatti are a staple of the circus.
Two of the pachyderms will be featured in next week's performances, led by their trainer and handler John Pelton.
"These animals are a cornerstone of the show," Acton said. "They present a very fast-paced and fun act."
A series of other acts are planned, from humorous dog tricks to entrancing balancing feats and more.
Acton, now in his second season with Circus Gatti, said audience members should expect an engrossing and interactive show.
"They'll be cheering and clapping, and some will have a chance to enter the rings," he said. "That's a key to good live entertainment: You can really be a part of it."

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