The Fassio family will thrill with their balancing talents when the Cole Bros. Circus comes to Salisbury. / Submitted image
Written by Josh Davis
Aug. 21, 2013
SALISBURY — The “World’s Largest Circus Under The Big Top” is rolling back into town next week, bringing a wide array of animal acts and acrobats, all in a classic circus setting.
The Cole Bros. Circus was originally launched in 1884 as “W.W. Cole’s New Colossal Shows.” The name was changed to Cole Bros. Circus in the early 1900s, although the circus’ signature “Big Top” canvas tent remains.
“The tradition of the circus never gets old,” said Kelang Bermundez, the circus’ human cannonball. “People come back every year, and they always see something different — not only the cannons, but the whole show.”
Along with the human cannonball, the circus features a family of clowns, illusionists, aerialists, daredevils, high-wire acts, elephants, tigers and the infamous Thunderdome, in which three motorcycles race inside a metal globe.
Bermundez, whose trajectory takes him over both the high-wire and the Thunderdome, said he reaches a top speed of 65 miles per hour.
“It’s amazing when you’re flying in the air and see the high-wire below you,” he said. “The reaction when I get shot out is a great experience.”
The Cole Bros. Circus is offering 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. shows on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 28 and 29.
General admission tickets start at $16, reserved seats are $20 and VIP seats are $23. Children age 12 and under are admitted free.