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The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word - circus, is a gigantic looking stripped canvas tent, pitched right in the middle of a football field. And that's exactly what we saw from a distance as we drove towards the Sandown Racecourse Hotel, Nobel Park. That sight sparked some happy memories from childhood. Back in the day, visiting the circus was an annual family affair and the main attraction was the near death experience in which the wild tiger ferociously leapt through that blazing ring of fire. It has clearly been a long time since my last visit.
I was wondering if a non-animal show would have the same impact and clearly this encounter has left me spellbound. The excerpt read "Featuring world-class acts from around the globe, Damian Syred is proud to present the all-new Chinese Circus Spectacular! Step inside a world of wonder as you join us under the big top for an enchanting 90-minute performance of incredible skill, beauty and strength. The entire family will be in awe as you witness the amazing feats of our talented acrobats, aerialists and jugglers."
The show began sharp on time. Eighteen super talented individuals have perfected their art over the last two years to come up with this production. Your experience starts from the moment you enter the arena. All the ushers are characters, in their own right. as well as being part of the show. With their flamboyant clothes, looks and personalities they are a foretaste of all the greatness that it to come.
When you also see the lighting technicians scuttle up the towers, like squirrels on speed, you realise this is going to be one hell of a show.
Nothing disappoints in this human circus of acrobats, trapeze artists, magicians and incredible characters.
The opening act has most of the crew on stage performing and making a large human minaret that grew horizontally. The costumes for every act were scintillating.
Most of the acts are group performances, however, there are a couple of stand alones too.
The sequence, most reviewers deservedly single-out and with good reason, is the Death Wheel duet which happens right after the interval. This was clearly the highlight of the entire event.
The artists had the grace of ballet dancers twirling, arching and circling. Talk about poetry in motion.
A circus is incomplete without a clown. There were multiple whimsical performances to keep the audience engaged. Most of the acts kids really enjoyed as you could hear giggles through the dark crowd. Then there is the duo with an assorted buffoonery that has the kids in stitches (and lI'll be the first to admit it, the adults as well).
The sheer talent and physical litheness is sure to leave you spellbound. The crowd could not stop applauding after every performance as it was well deserved. The exploits are sure to leave to gaping.
Don't Ignore the Souvenir Stand
One of the things I appreciate about this circus is that they kept costs reasonable for families. Ticket prices are reasonable and a kid with some pocket money can bring a couple of dollars and come away with some souvenirs such as a badge or temporary tattoo.
Food and Drink
You might want to make a night of it and buy yourself some munchies. There is a food stall in the tent where you can buy lots of reasonably priced delights.