February 5, 2013

Circus Sarasota

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I know...I can just imagine what you're thinking!  This is just part of living in a circus town.  Our hometown hero Nik Wallenda did such a great job promoting Circus Sarasota last week, I ended up attending the evening performance this past Saturday.  Since I had never been to Circus Sarasota before, I wasn't really sure what to expect, except that the show included some performers from other countries and  Nik would be on the high wire with his family.   Gosh, it was a terrific show...every entertaining.   The feats of strength, balance and concentration exhibited by a Bulgarian man named Encho Keryazov were mouth dropping.  (Imagine a svelt gymnast doing a handstand with one hand on a small stack of blocks 15 feet in the air.  Incredible.  I found a good You Tube video of him --- check it out here.)   A talented ventriloquist made me laugh harder than I have in a long time.  And, the aerial dancers were captivating.  But, the show stopper, naturally, was Nik.  He walked forward and backward on the high wire before laying down on his back on that itty bitty wire.  And the amazing feats continued until the grand finale when he and a young relative rode bicycles on the wire with a chair balanced above them -- and Nik's sister actually stood on the chair.  Unbelieveable.  You could have heard a pin drop in the big top.   (By the way, that's Nik on the right.)  All of these mind boggling yet impressive stunts, of course, were done without a net about 50 feet in the air.  Wow.  It almost makes walking over a major road to a building seem rather tame.  Check out this video to see what this year's Circus Sarasota is all about.  I highly recommend the show.

13 comments:

cieldequimper said...

I don't think that I could have watched this either, especially knowing there was no net!

Jim Klenke said...

I havent been to a circus since I was a kid. Are you sure thats not you on that chair?

Halcyon said...

I went to the Cirque de Soleil a few months ago. But that's pretty much the extent of the circus here in Toronto. Unless you count City Hall, of course!

SFlaGuy said...

I'll be spending a good portion of the next 6 weekends at the Florida Ren Fest in Deerfield. A little out of your way but if you want to laugh some more and really exercise your camera, come on over.

LONDONLULU said...

Jolly good show it must've been, and what a capture! That 2nd video does make my heart flutter a bit, I would've covering my face with my hands throughout, as if watching a scary movie:)

Karl Demetz said...

Circus is always fascinating.

Marie said...

WOW! I watched the video link you gave with Encho Karyazov, and it was incredible! I know you are so glad you went to the circus. The Wallendas were famous when I was a kid...it would be exciting getting to see them!

Kay said...

Those aerial feats are astonishing. I've enjoyed a number of Cirque du Soleil DVDs. Since I sometimes find walking without tripping a challenge, this kind of gympastics inspires awe.

LOLfromPasa said...

Amazing skills and wonderful photo you got here. You have done a grand job sharing this big Sarasota event.

Lowell said...

I do not understand people who do these things. I mean, it's wonderful, but they live in some other world with which I am not familiar.

Looks like a good time, though!

Jack said...

This must have been fabulous. I have been to several performances of Cirque du Soleil, but never to the Sarasota circus.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fabulous stuff SRQ, the videos were spellbinding! Can just imagine the dedication and time these artists have to put in...AND no net, fantastic!!

Kate said...

This takes a different kind of courage and terrific skill. Wonderful post!