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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Life's a whirl for young circus star



HULA hoop sensation Americus, 9 is performing her new act now in the Loritz Circus big top at the Alexandra Hotel. Photo: Melissa Gibson
SHANNON HOLLOWAY


15 Aug, 2011

NINE-year-old hula hooping sensation Americus Wilson is in town touring with the Loritz Circus new production, Out of Africa.The mesmerising show stopper was a 2008 finalist on New Zealand's Got Talent and was soon spotted by Oprah Winfrey researchers who asked her to appear on the show."It was pretty cool; they flew my whole family over there for a few days," she said.Americus said the Oprah show was titled The world's most talented and smartest kids and she was flown from New Zealand, where the Loritz Circus was on tour.Her mother, Jo, said Americus was born in Australia but was introduced by Oprah as a New Zealander.She said the confusion also may have been from her youngest daughter Miley, 3, who was born in New Zealand during the tour."I didn't really mind though," Americus said.Americus said she would perform a new trick in the Out of Africa show called the Lyra."It's a trick with a big metal hoop hanging in the air. I'm not scared of doing it," she said.She said she had been practising her new trick for quite some time and liked to hear the audience's response.


HULA hoop sensation Americus, 9 is performing her new act now in the Loritz Circus big top at the Alexandra Hotel. Photo: Melissa Gibson
Other acts in the Loritz Circus include the Royal Kenyan acrobats who perform rhythmic acrobatic balancing acts.Kenyan acrobat Peter Ngigi said spending the past three years in the circus had been a great experience."I get to travel everywhere. We've mostly toured in Queensland and New Zealand. It's great fun,," he said.The Loritz Circus show Out of Africa performs without caged or exotic animals, with the exception of miniature ponies.Regular performances in the big top can be seen from Wednesday to Sunday next to the Alexandra Hills Hotel until August 21.

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