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DODGING knives and being sawn in half are just two of the daily chores in Bishop’s Stortford’s newest and most nerve-wracking job opportunity.
Promising performers in and around town can run away with Russell’s International Circus, which is looking for a new magician’s assistant to join the troupe for the rest of its 2012 UK tour.
The show, which stops off on Sworders Field this week, hopes someone looking for a complete change of scene will be willing to take part in the show until November. No experience is needed, although a background in dance and performance would be preferred. Anyone who is interested can contact the team in advance or simply turn up between now and tomorrow (Sunday, May 27).
The successful applicant will star in the show’s opening ceremony and grand finale, as well as getting five minutes in the spotlight during the magic act.
Circus clown Alex Morley said the previous assistant, who had held the role for several years, had been forced to quit because of personal circumstances last week.
He said: “It was very unexpected – we all came out one morning to find that she’d just gone, though we’ve since had contact with her and everything’s okay.
“We’re kind of desperate – we need a new assistant now, and wondered whether there was anyone in the area that fancied having a go at this sort of thing.
“It’s very seasonal work, although the magic act might be able to go on and do events and other jobs over Christmas, so there is a chance it could lead to year-round work.
“We’re just looking for the right person; obviously if they’re a dancer or they’ve done performing arts it’s a plus, but we just need someone who’s willing to come and have a go, to learn and to get on with everyone.”
The new assistant will share the bill with a colourful cast including clowns, athletes from the Hungarian State Circus, aerial acts, fire-eaters, jugglers and more. Performances are held several times a week.
“There can be difficult times, like if it’s muddy ground or bad weather, but when you’ve got a tent full of people who are all enjoying the show it definitely makes up for it.”
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