Cir­cus from down un­der goes way up

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The Big Top Arena, Car­ni­val City, Brak­pan May 26 to June 5 The Wind­mill Casino, Bloem­fontein June 10 to 19 Old Sel­bor­nian Club, East Lon­don June 24 to July 17 Tick­ets R200 to R400 at com­puticket.com I booked for Aussie Cir­cus Spec­tac­u­lar for two rea­sons; my daugh­ter begged me to and I re­ally wanted to see a guy get­ting shot out of a can­non. The bonus is that it all takes place in a pukka big top cir­cus tent, just the way it should.

The big top is all at­mos­phere. The smell of grass and can­vas (real or imag­ined), the queue for tubs of pop­corn and ring­side seats, the chil­dren wrig­gling with ex­cited an­tic­i­pa­tion.

And, when the first aerial ac­ro­bat, Lady of the Lyra Giselle, ap­peared, the mouths of ev­ery­one in the tent hung open with won­der as she twisted grace­fully through the air.

That pretty much sums up the af­ter­noon – mouths hang­ing open with won­der and reg­u­lar gasps as act af­ter act topped the one be­fore on au­dac­ity and skill. The jug­gler de­fied grav­ity and the clowns were con­sis­tently hi­lar­i­ous. There wasn’t one mis­step from the minute the ring­mas­ter (who was a woman) stepped out to wel­come the crowd to the mo­ment the final stunt mo­tor­bike flew over the heads of the au­di­ence. Aussie Cir­cus Spec­tac­u­lar is, well, spec­tac­u­lar. A tes­ta­ment to at­tain­ing skills that defy the laws of physics in the name of good en­ter­tain­ment.

It was two and a half hours of en­chant­ment that was worth ev­ery cent. If this cir­cus is still com­ing to a town near you, get tick­ets now. You’ll be blown away. Just like hu­man can­non­ball Luis Daza. – Gayle Ed­munds CIR­CUS

BLOW­ING UP Bal­loon Man Swell en­ter­tainer Yuriy the

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