Enter Princess Stephanie and Circusdome's Royal Family
Once again, Asian acrobats shine in the circus world’s most honored spotlights. One of two Gold Clowns handed out at the recent 42nd competition went to the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe, the other to the extraordinary animal acts of the Richters – and how pictures of them inspire. One Silver Clown was awarded to D'Argent Prosvirnin Duo Stauberti Duo Balance. And two acts received the Bronze: the inner Mongolian Acrobats Duo 2-Zen-O, and the Troupe Vavilov Michael Ferrerir performing on monocycles. A shower of other awards, as well, from different groups, made the festival a glorious affirmation of great good cheer. Touring these dazzling images, how impressed, proud, and hopeful I feel for the future of world circus arts. Thank you for another spectacular showcase, Princess Stephanie!
END RINGERS: Carson & Barnes Circus is on the road. Show opened season in McAllen, TX, there now through Feb. 5. ... Watching old Ed Sullivan TV programs — my, did Ed know how to pace a program — the occasional circus act, unadorned by modern day pretensions, reminding me of how wonderful it was, long ago, when watching a circus act on its own terms was easier to appreciate and enjoy, and more than enough ... Do you know the name Deyanira Rosales? I do now, having been blown away by her dazzling hula hoop routine on a video John Ringling North II sent me, of the last performance of Kelly Miller under his ownership. WOW! You older ones, think of Francis Brunn manipulating hula hoops like he juggled clubs over his body. The best damn act on the show. And from a garden variety hula hoop hater, that’s the kiss of exaltation. Indeed, one of only two hula hoop acts I can recall sitting through that swept me away, the other being the wondrous work of a Russian kid with Jim Judkin’s old Circus Chimera, whose mother dazzled equally well with big box illusion ... What a segue -- I’m hoping that Jim, Kelly Miller’s new owner to the rescue, will route his show out my way into markets he played annually with Chimera. We are in desperate need of a real circus out here, Jim! But, please, at least give us a dog act.
The show must go on,
must be moved every night
If you love it, you shove it,
you push, you pull,
and you fight!