Circus is fun for kids of all ages
Kazia Conway | Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Kelly Miller Circus brought an American treasure and seemingly forgotten about pastime to Marlin on March 13. Acts wowed a filled tent with death defying trapeze stunts and fire breathing.
Spectators had the option of attending an early show at 4:30 p.m. or a late show at 7:30 p.m. Audiences were treated to numerous performances including tigers, contortionists and a clown named J.P. Ballhoo.
One of the more suspenseful moments of the show was Fridmen Torales. Torales stacked six chairs on top of each other and climbed to the top of the tent to retrieve a balloon for a little boy whose balloon was popped as part of an intro to his stunt. The crowd was on pins and needles as Torales went up and then down.
More suspense followed Torales’ act in the second half of the show when tightrope walker Fletcher Romeo attempted a somersault on the wire and failed. Romeo may have been hurt from the first attempt, but it may have been part of the show because he took the shiny strand again and nailed it.
A circus isn’t a circus unless it has a trapeze performance. Rebecca Ostroff showed the crowd the strength of her teeth as she twirled above holding onto her trapeze bar with nothing else.
In one of the more endearing acts, Armando Loyal showcased the intelligence of the world’s largest land animal, the elephant. In his act the crowed watched as elephants sat down like humans, went to sleep and struck a pose.
At the climax of the show was a fire-wielding, fire-breathing wonder of a man Lamount or, as the announcer referred to him, The Human Volcano. Show-goers were treated to a spectacular display of showmanship from dancing to twirling as he continuously flung fire around his head and legs. The audience roared as he poured lighter fluid into his mouth and blew a fireball out of his mouth.
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