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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cherish goes backstage at FUNAMBULA
FROM: fox10tv.com
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino
By Cherish Lombard
25 Jul 2013,
 
 
When you see a show you want it to be something you don’t want to take your eyes off of! You want to see a show that’s fun and exciting, with non-stop action! You want to see “FUNAMUBLA”! You’ll see choreographed aerial acts, high wire walkers, stunt motorcycle riders in a “sphere of fear” going 55 mph in circles and upside down, an incredible trampoline act and a lot more!
FUNAMBULA is derived from the Latin term funambulus, meaning rope dancer or rope walker. The show is about both physical balance and the balance of life, and how strength and agility play their respective parts. These illustrations spring to life courtesy of a fleet of international performers, from tightrope walkers and accomplished aerialists, to contortionists, trampoline jumpers and a world champion rhythmic gymnast.
read more:
http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/studio10/happening_here/cherish-goes-backstage-at-funambula
Circus troupe visits Marin City CA
 
Contortionist Dwoira Galilea on stage with the Circus Bella on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Marin City. (Robert Tong/Marin Independent Journal) Robert Tong
from:  marinj.com
By Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal
07/26/2013
Performers from Circus Bella put on a show Friday in Marin City. Jugglers, clowns, acrobats and others were on hand for the free show performed in partnership with the Performing Stars of Marin. The circus troupe will put on another show at 2 p.m. Saturday at Albert J. Boro Community Center, 50 Canal St. in San Rafael.


The Juggling Company performs on Friday, July 26, 2013, with Circus Bella in Marin City. (Robert Tong/Marin Independent Journal) Robert Tong 
 
 
Natasha Kaluza on the hoops as Circus Bella performs on Friday, July 26, 2013 in Marin City. (Robert Tong/Marin Independent Journal) Robert Tong

 
David Hunt a slack rope walker on stage with the Circus Bella on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Marin City. (Robert Tong/Marin Independent Journal) Robert Tong

 
The Juggling Company's Back!
 
 

CIRCUS PAGES

Circus Pages, Globe of Death return


The Earhart family will present the Globe of Death motorcycle thrill show at the Clare County Fair.
from:  clarecountyreveiw.com
By Pat Maurer, Correspondent
July 26, 2013
Circus Pages, and Earnhart’s Globe of Death motorcycle thrill show have been featured at the Clare County Fair for several years.

Free shows are sponsored each day of the annual County Fair by the Clare County Fair Board and feature a variety of circus acts including international animal trainers, daredevils, aerialists, acrobats and clowns and the Globe of Death performances.

Circus Pages have appear all over the United State and Canada and specialize in all the splendor and glamour of international circus stars. They feature the “best care” for their animals, which include elephants, rare white tigers and white lions, camels, acrobatic dogs, ponies and horses in the acts.
 
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Daisy, with an Earhart daughter riding and Bombi with rider Frieda Logan Pages are shown here with presenter Jorge Pages during a performance of Circus Pages.
Produced by Joe Pages, three generations of the Pages family are involved in the show, which began in the 1960s with a flying trapeze act and have evolved into their current array of circus stars, exotic animals and heart pounding daredevil action.

Also featured during the special event is Earhart’s Glob of Death, a 25 minute motorcycle thrill show featuring several generations of the Earhart family.

CULPEPPER AND MERRIWEATHER CIRCUS

(Neb.)-Big Top Coming To Chadron

 
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from:  chadrad.com
By: Chris Fankhauser
07/25/2013
(Chadron)-Everyone loves a circus! From the animals to the performers, there is something for every member of the family. People in the Chadron area will have an opportunity to enjoy the festivities this weekend as the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus sets up in town for two Sunday performances.

The Chadron Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the circus, which will be set up at Chartran Estates, which is the lot south of Wilson Park, on Sunday. There will be two performances at 2 pm and 4:30 pm. People can come out earlier in the day to watch the tent raising between 9:30 and 10 am, and also get a free tour.  The Midway box office opens at 1 pm, with tickets available for pony rides, the moonbounce, concessions and more.

Tickets are available in advance for the performances, and can be purchased at Chadron Federal Credit Union, First National Bank of Chadron, Security First Bank, First National Bank North Platte, and the Chadron Chamber of Commerce. Prices are $6 for children ages 2-12, $10 for adults, and children under 2 are free. At the gate, tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for children.

Tickets can also be purchased using a credit card over the phone by calling 800 BIG TOP 6, and advance tickets will be available on show day at this number until 4 pm Central Time.  The circus will also be in Crawford on Saturday, with performances at 2 pm and 4:30 pm.

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus has been featured on A&E in their special, “Under The Big Top,” and on Nickelodeon’s news special, “On The Road With Circus Kids.”

KELLY-MILLER CIRCUS

3rd Annual Kelly Miller Circus performance in Aurora a great success

 
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from: hudsonhubtimes.com
July 26, 2013
Aurora, Ohio - The Kelly Miller Circus made July 21st a wonder and fun filled day of entertainment for children of all ages in Aurora. Many attendees said this was the first time they had ever been to a circus. With more than 2,500 tickets sold, and two full shows; the community enjoyed the amazing animals, astounding acrobats, death defying dare devils and cavorting clowns that provided plenty of thrills, laughter and fun for all. The circus performers loved the audience participation and excitement during all of their different acts.
The circus was sponsored by the Aurora W.K. Ricksecker Masonic Lodge #606. The lodge would like to thank all who assisted to make the 2013 Circus day a success: Sponsors: The Atrium at Anna Maria, Bell Station, O.E.M., Spencer Products Company, and The Tinlin Team; Ticket Outlets: Doogan’s, Mantua Grain, The Odyssey, Zeppes Pizzeria, Richner Hardware, and Haylett’s Corner Store: and also thanks to: Aurora Memorial Library, Boy Scout Troop 265, Edward Limbach, and the support of many Departments and the Mayor’s office of the City of Aurora.
The Masonic Lodge has invited the Kelly Miller Circus back in 2014 for a 4th annual visit to Aurora.

RBBB-FORT WORTH

 
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RBBB-DALLAS

Love keeps these married acrobats flying high at the Ringling Bros. circus
 
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Feld Entertainment
The Mederios Troupe, including Andrey Medeiros (top), Widny Neves (standing), and Viktoriya Medeiros

from: dallasnews.com
By Nancy Churnin--Family entertainment
25 July 2013
They didn’t put it on their wedding registry, but Andrey and Viktoriya Medeiros couldn’t have been more thrilled with their present — a high-wire motorcycle act.
It was given to them by the owner of the circus where they met and married, and they’ve put the experience to good use. You’ll be able to see just how good when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ Dragons comes to American Airlines Center, July 31-Aug. 11.
“He says, ‘I have something really exciting and dangerous for you’ and, of course, he knows us and what we prefer because we are circus performers and we love to entertain,” Andrey says by phone from the circus’s stop in Houston.
“We made an act together. I love it,” says Viktoriya.
And yes, this is how cute they are. Their sentences overlap all through the conversation.
Andrey, who is from Brazil, is a fourth-generation circus performer. He met Viktoriya, a Bulgarian gymnast new to the circus, when he was performing with a troupe he’d been a part of for 19 years. When the troupe was ready to leave, he had to “choose the job or choose the love,” he says.
He chose the love, and now he has Viktoriya; their 7-year-old son, Kristofer; and two acts that they have perfected together under the Medeiros Troupe banner. One features a 1,000-pound motorcycle that Andrey spins 360 degrees on a high wire 50 feet in the air. The other is a double hair-hang act in which Viktoriya and the third member of the troupe, Widny Neves, rise 35 feet and juggle, flip and spiral down silk chiffon on the strength of their long, dark hair.
Viktoriya says the secret to keeping her hair strong enough for the act is to eat right, exercise and treat her hair with egg and avocado. Andrey says the other secret is her strong will.
“This is why women have the babies. Men couldn’t do it.”
read more:
http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/nancy-churnin/20130725-love-keeps-these-married-acrobats-flying-high-at-the-ringling-bros.-circus.ece

ELEPHANT BURIED?

A circus elephant buried beneath an Albury bowling green?

 
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from: bordermail.com.au
July 27, 2013
THE “elephant in the room” of Winsor Park Bowling Club’s history could finally be uncovered when its old green is dug up next week.
The Albury club’s ground has long been rumoured to be the burial ground for a circus elephant that visited in the years before the bowling club was established in the 1950s.
This month, a crew from Albury Demolitions has been knocking down the 1956 clubhouse and it has heard from several old-timers about the elephant bones that are meant to be in the ground.
On June 18, 1943, Wirth’s Circus, which had its own circus train, was forced to travel from Melbourne to Sydney by road rather than rail as the railway was inaccessible due to World War II.
They travelled the distance by wagons drawn by elephants before arriving in Sydney on July 24.
Circuses were held on the site in the late 1930s and early 1940s before the block became a bowling park for people who worked on the Albury railway.
Albury councillor Ross Jackson, who is also an administrator at the railway station, said there were conflicting reports in newspapers at the time about how many elephants were in the convoy.
“There were reports of there being five elephants and then seven,” he said.
“It’s possible one could have died on the way.”
The rumour had been circulating since the bowling club was built and some said the reason the No.1 green drained so well was because of the elephant buried below.
Cr Jackson had a theory the circus would not have been willing to advertise the death of one of the elephants.
A circus in Sydney at the time had its licence revoked because of the high number of tiger attacks.
“The Wirth’s Circus wouldn’t have wanted to risk having their licence revoked as well,” he said.
Cr Jackson said if a record could not be found, it did not mean that it did not happen.
“Hopefully something will be found when they start digging,” Cr Jackson said.

VIET NAM CIRCUS

Vietnamese circus a success overseas, flounders at home
VietNamNet Bridge – Lang Toi Circus, a highly-regarded performance troupe which has played many foreign stages, faces difficulties in attracting audiences at home.

 
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A scene from Lang Toi Circus.
from:  vietnamnet.vm
27/07/2013
After four years performing abroad, in places such as France, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, Greece, Hungary, Spain and the Netherlands, the Vietnam Circus Federation’s artists who took part in the circus act are struggling to earn a living after their return to Vietnam.
Their overseas tour has been over for around a year, but the troupe has yet to perform domestically due to lack of an audience, substandard stage equipment and high ticket prices.
People’s Artist Vu Ngoan Hop, director of the federation said, “Our biggest obstacle to holding a domestic performance is a lack of proper stage equipment."
According to Hop, they had planned to organise two shows in August in Hanoi, at the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Centre. This may have been a good chance for the troupe to transfer some of their experience in performance and stage management to the federation.
“We’re mulling over a plan to hold Lang Toi Circus performance once per week at the centre or other location but it’s really difficult to make it come true. While the circus act requires highly standard infrastructure for performances, currently no stages in Vietnam would meet all the requirements to house a performance a week,” Hop commented.
In order to arrange a domestic performance for Lang Toi, the federation was compelled to cancel some traditional acts so as to encourage artists to join the programme.
However, after over one year with none of these plans for a performance coming to fruition, Lang Toi is in danger of fading from public consciousness.
The situation has forced some members of the troupe to go back to more traditional circus acts to earn a living.
Artist Cao Xuan Hien said, “I decided to give up Lang Toi and cooperate with some old friends to resume some traditional circus acts.”
Some other artists find it difficult to accept these more modest performance fees, only about one twentieth of their overseas payments.
Vu Ngoan Hop said, “Lang Toi was arranged with modern equipment but is culturally Vietnamese. Its major audiences are foreign people in Vietnam instead of Vietnamese people. In order to attract more audiences we’re considering adjusting our ticket prices."
Source: DTriNews

COLE BROS CIRCUS--CAPE MAY, NJ

The 129th Edition of Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars is Coming

from:  capemaycountyherald.com
By Sponsored Content
Thu, 07/25/2013
This classic, American-style circus complete with elephants, tigers, thrilling aerialists and acrobats, mystifying magic and hilarious clowns will appear in Rio Grande at the Robert Ockie Wisting Recreational Complex on Route 47 South. Hosted by the Rio Grande Vol. Fire Department, the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will feature its dazzling show on Monday, August 12th, and Tuesday, August 13th. Advance tickets are available at Secluded Acres Farm & Garden, 1024 Route 47 South, and Rio Grande Fire Dept., 1140 Route 47 South.
Hosted next by the Ocean City Exchange Club, the show will then travel to Seaville for Wednesday and Thursday August 14th and 15th and will be located at 2065 Route 9, near Mile Marker 24. Advance tickets are available at Jesse Real Estate, 900 Ocean Ave., and Ulmer's Appliance, 3130 Asbury Ave. Performances begin at 4:30 & 7:30 P.M. Purchase tickets by phone at 1-888-332-5200 or online at www.tickets.com.
 
 
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The Circus of the Stars’ new, 2013 performance features Princess Vicenta’s astonishing assemblage of white tigers, awesome elephants with special guest star-siblings, Babies Val and Hugo, and for the first time ever in the United States, the international award-winning high-wire artistry of Columbia’s Tabares Troupe. From Kazakhstan, the amazing Lana dazzles with Quick Change and Grand Scale Illusions. Argentina’s Fassio Family and their cavalcade of captivating canines—elegant Afghans, loveable St. Bernards, and a mighty Chihuahua — delight children of all ages.
Daredevil turns include ThunderDrome, the moto-globe of death, and The Human Cannonball, who bursts from the barrel of The World’s Largest Cannon at 5g velocity. Comic relief arrives compliments of The Bermudez Troupe, who steal the show one smile at a time. With a performance filled with stellar circus attractions, Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars remains surprisingly affordable, with free tickets for children under 13 available at www.GoToTheCircus.com, and adult general admission priced at $16 for advance purchase. General admission may be upgraded to Reserved Seats for $4 or VIP seats for $7. For more information, visit GoToTheCircus.com.

KELLY- MILLER CIRCUS COOKHOUSE

Step right up!
Circus food is no sideshow stunt!


Rebecca Ostroff, lead aerialist for the Kelly Miller Circus, carries plates of cookhouse food to her family’s RV. / AFR photo by Carol Guensburg
from:  americanfoodroots.com
By Carol Guensburg
July 23, 2013
The opening strains of “The Lion King” soundtrack waft from the circus tent next door, signaling that the clowns have finished a round of pratfalls, the fire eater is breathing flames and the star aerialist is preparing to spin — hanging by her teeth from a bit attached to her trapeze — near the dizzying heights of the big top.

The musical cue means it’s almost intermission.

“It’s my show time,” says the aptly named Jeremiah Cook, a 23-year-old Texan.

Jeremiah Cook, who runs the Kelly Miller Circus cookhouse, posts upcoming menus. / AFR photo by Carol Guensburg
His stage is the Kelly Miller Circus cookhouse, a semitrailer parked this summer afternoon on the outskirts of Olney, a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. From its 30-by-8-foot galley kitchen, Cook produces at least two meals a day for up to 96 people, including cast, crew and their families.
It’s a numbers game, a juggling act, and Cook is ready.
He opens the oven of a six-burner U.S. Range and extracts two industrial-size pans of cornbread, replacing them with two more pans of batter. Minutes later, while he stirs a huge pot of chopped chicken breast in lemon-caper sauce, a clown in greasepaint appears at the serving window.

Steve Copeland clowns as he collects dinner during intermission at the Kelly Miller Circus. / AFR photo by Carol Guensburg
“What’ve you got today?” Steve Copeland asks. He grins when Cook loads an extra piece of cornbread onto a plate heaped with chicken, rice and mixed vegetables. Copeland joins a handful of other diners already settled in the dining tent.
To audiences, American circus food means cotton candy, peanuts and other concession fare. To the cast, crew and their families, it could be anything from burgers to beef teriyaki with broccoli, from pancakes to panna cotta — from the mundane to the magnificent.
 
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Jeremiah Cook feeds about 70 people from his semitrailer cookhouse. / AFR photo by Carol Guensburg
read more at:
http://www.americanfoodroots.com/features/step-right-up-circus-food-is-no-sideshow-stunt/#lightbox/3/

Friday, July 26, 2013

DELAWARE STATE NEWS-JULY 26, 2013

CIRCUS HOLLYWOOD
AT DELAWARE STATE FAIR


PHOTOS BY DAVE CHAMBERS
 
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GERRY COTTLE'S CIRCUS

The circus comes to Eastbourne
from: eastbourneherald.co.uk
July 25, 2013


It is just over 50 years since Gerry Cottle completed that age-old adage and ran away and joined the circus, swapping his suburban London home for a caravan & his schoolbooks for a set of juggling clubs. He soon excelled and expanded his repertoire to include stilt walking, bareback horse riding, fire eating, clowning & even a became a crocodile trainer, as explained in his recent biography ‘Confessions of a Showman – My life in the circus’.

Next month, the Gerry Cottle Circus will be visiting Eastbourne, fresh after performances at Glyn Gap in Bexhill.

The circus will be based at Princes Park from Thursday, August 1 to Tuesday, August 6, with performances weekdays at 3pm and 7.30pm, and at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and the final show on Tuesday.

Gerry Cottle quickly grew to become Britain’s biggest & best-known circus with it’s many Film & TV appearances, especially the highly successful Saturday night spectacular ‘Seaside Special’.

The circus not only toured all over the UK but also in Ireland, the Far East, The Middle East, South America Europe and even Iceland, becoming the most widely traveled British circus in history.

For the Eastbourne show he is promising 50 acts in 50 minutes - a five-star family show.

AT THE DELAWARE STATE FAIR---

 
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DELAWARE STATE FAIR CIRCUS

Circus Hollywood puts on dazzling show at state fair

 
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Performers give an explosive performance during Circus Hollywood at the Delaware State Fair. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)
from: delaware.newszap.com
By Ashton Brown, Delaware State News
July 25, 2013
HARRINGTON — The heat finally subsided at the Delaware State Fair on Thursday. With temperatures only reaching the mid-70s, it was a break from the rest of the event when highs have been in the 90s.

Circus Hollywood, sponsored by Sussex County Federal Credit Union has performed at least twice daily at the fair. Thursday was cool enough for the crowds to enjoy themselves under the big-top. The show features acrobats, trained animals, stunts and clowns.

A large line had formed to enter the tent more than 30 minutes before the gates were opened for Thursday afternoon’s performance.

Before the show and between each act, the clown entertained the crowd and even convinced some members of the audience to go on stage and participate in various skits.

The circus officially began with a three person tango, with impossibly quick costume changes on stage.

One of the crowd’s favorites was a motorcycle stunt. Two men on motorcycles drove around a spherical metal cage in all directions, even upside down as a woman stood inside the cage, between the two drivers.

After several minutes of a flawless performance that kept the audience on the edge of their seats, both the drivers and woman exited the cage injury free to the crowd’s amazement.

Two acrobats performed more than 20 feet above the audience with no safety net. One acrobat used a hoop and the other used ropes. They demonstrated their strength and flexibility by performing moves, hanging by as little as one arm or foot.

Animal performers included three dogs and one horse. The dogs did tricks such as walking on their hind legs, climbing ladders and racing through an obstacle course with no prompting from a trainer.

The horse danced to the music and jumped to a performer’s commands. The animals seemed to be as well trained as their human counterparts.

Today and Saturday, the circus will have performances at 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

LITTLE RICHARD "STATE FAIR ICON"



 
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STATE FAIR CAROUSEL ORGAN
from wmdt-news 47
July 21, 2013

THE GIANT---

 
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HOLLYWOOD RACING PIGS

  
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2013 PONY SWIM
from: wmdt-47 news
July 24, 2013

COLE BROS CIRCUS


Tempers Flare As Animal Activists Protest Circus
Despite a handful of protestors, crowds of families and spectators streamed into the Big Top to see the show.
 
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from:  northfork.patch.com
Posted by Lisa Finn (Editor)
July 24, 2013
Carrying signs and distributing literature that described what some consider the horrors suffered by circus animals, protestors outside the Cole Bros. Circus tent in Greenport sparked controversy on Wednesday.
The small group of animal advocates, representing the Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) animal rights group, turned out at the Polo Grounds in Greenport to protest the conditions under which animals are allegedly kept in the circus.
read more:
http://northfork.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/tempers-flare-as-animal-activists-protest-circus

CIRCUS ZOPPE AT SOUTHPORT----

ZOPPE FAMILY CIRCUS
2013

 
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Madison Square Garden Is Told to Move
from:  nytimes.com
By CHARLES V. BAGLI
Published: July 24, 2013
Madison Square Garden, home to the Knicks, the Rangers, the Ice Capades, the circus and the “Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1971, received an eviction notice of sorts on Wednesday.

The New York City Council notified the arena that it has 10 years to vacate its 45-year-old premises and find a new home, the Garden’s fifth since it opened in 1879.
By a vote of 47 to 1, the Council voted to extend the Garden’s special operating permit for merely a decade — not in perpetuity, as the owners of the Garden had requested, or 15 years, as the Bloomberg administration had intended.
read more:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/nyregion/madison-square-garden-is-told-to-move.html?hp&_r=1&

universoul circus

The Universoul Circus

 
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Photo by Scott Cunningham
The Sholan Warriors
from:  intelligencer.com
by Krista Midgley
July 25, 2013
Edwardsville,IL--Dazzling performers return to Jamestown Mall
Get ready for a sensory overload when the dazzling lights and pulsating sounds of UniverSoul Circus comes to town. The show is now playing through July 28 under the red and yellow big top at Jamestown Mall in Florissant.
Now in its 19th year, this highly interactive show combines circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres including pop, classic R&B, Latin, hip hop, jazz and gospel. It embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers. UniverSoul Circus is rated as one of the top three circuses in America along with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey and Cirque du Soleil. This fresh approach to family friendly live entertainment has garnered UniverSoul Circus a coveted spot as one of Ticketmaster’s top ten most requested family events, along with other shows including Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Concert and theater promoter Cedric Walker founded the UniverSoul Circus in 1994 in Atlanta. The show is the result of Walker’s lifelong love of the circus combined with a passionate entrepreneurial spirit that began with a shoe shine business at the age of six.
In 2013, UniverSoul will perform more than 500 shows in 43 major markets split between two separately touring circuses. The UniverSoul Circus 2013 production, entitled the “Turn’t Up Tour,” features new acts, including a neck-breaking head balancing act from Vietnam, Comedy Cat Illusions featuring a live tiger and a troupe of female contortionists from Ethiopia. This sensational line up features artists handpicked from across the United States, as well as Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Vietnam, South Africa, Russia, Ethiopia and West Africa.
read more:
http://www.theintelligencer.com/arts_and_entertainment/article_6d7a33c8-f4a7-11e2-b7b0-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=story

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