Contemporary circus seems to have lost some of the sheer craziness that used to be associated with it. This stuff still takes place, it’s just it’s more associated with extreme sports and energy drinks.
These kinds of stunts don’t always go right though….
Mat Ricardo appeared in this advert doing ‘the table cloth trick’ and his reverse of it. More than a few people thought it was fake so they released this video to show Mat is the genuine article!
Charlie Dancey has realsed a new book covering many juggling, magic and miscellaneous tricks. It’s a great read and worth having for those unpredictable times on stage… when folding a T-shirt quickly could be useful.
At the Circus Open Space there was a great topic of conversation suggested by Mish Weaver; ‘The BEST trick you have ever seen’.
I got quite excited by this conversation because it’s the main reason I became interested in circus. I love tricks.
I have a poor memory when it comes to names and other important details about artists but for some reason I remember tricks. I get annoyed when people dismiss this element in traditional circus, so many times I’ve heard the equivalent statement that contemporary circus ‘stays with you’, implying that an awesome trick doesn’t. Well it does for me. And here is (putting the ethics debate to one side) an awesome trick:
From an unknown circus on Nanwan Monkey Island situated in Lingshui County, South China’s Hainan Province (according to YouTube).