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Circus OZ: But Wait...There's More

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An Exciting Entertaining Circus Spectacle Performance
It has been a while since I attended a circus performance and I was really excited and could not wait to see Circus OZ at Parramatta's Riverside Theaters on 1 October 2015.

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Pure Infectious Display of Child-like Fun

The theme of the "But wait.. there's more" is a satirical approach to today's consumer culture and excess product overload. It comes straight from the television infomercials where they kept on offering more and more until you'd be a fool not to buy it. But it is also a play-on phrase that the audience can expect more from this circus group.

Indeed, we certainly got our money's worth with these spectacular but crazy mix of acrobatics, juggling, trapeze work, live original music, clowning, aerial acts, object manipulation and stunts.

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Tricky acro-balance love duet between April Dawson and Kyle Raftery atop a unicycle

It was an exuberant live circus performance from the start. The unicycle performance by April Dawson and Kyle Raftery was breathtaking. They amazed the audience with their 'seemingly light and easy' acrobatic acts. I honestly believe Dawson must be a real-life Tinker Bell, playful and as light as a feather. They truly pushed the limits of the human body's strength and flexibility, not to mention bravery. Their physique movements and the chemistry between the couple was totally enchanting.

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Ring-mistress - Candy Bowers

I really enjoyed the ring-mistress, Candy Bowers's brazen hip-hop raps. She is an accomplished comedian and cabaret artist and her upbeat performances skillfully prepped the audience while the crews rearranged the stage set up. I found her personality to be really engaging, especially during the act when she dressed as a lion and got interactive with the audience and the children. She was armed with humor, rhythm and body movements that would make my Zumba instructor proud, there was not a dull moment with her around.

Acrobatic madam, Sharon Gruenert, may looked small in stature, but she was unbelievably flexible and agile. She has a remarkable ability to communicate through her muscle strength. Her aero balancing was so impressive, I shamefully put down my chocolate and made a resolution to go back to the gym and work on my core muscles.

Another memorable act was when Dale Woodbridge-Brown placed a small chair on top of 4 fragile-looking bottles and objects. Slowly with deliberation, he stood on top of the chair. Then he further added another chair in an awkward position, climb on top of it. He continued with the chair stacking process and climbed higher and higher.

I literally hold my breath as I watched him wobbly conquering this questionable 'occupational-safe' chair mountain act. Woodbridge-Brown successfully wowed the audience with his unbelievable balanced gymnastic skills..

Every performance was an amazement before my eyes. I was intrigued, puzzled and fascinated by the performers' special ability to defy gravity. I dare not to blink my eyes for fear to miss out anything, my hands were sore from clapping so hard and I laugh out loud so much. It was a great experience.

There were some tongue-in-cheek references and dry sarcastic comments which I personally thought they were quite funny. Treat them as light humor and you will enjoy a great night out.

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Multi-skilled human physical exuberance

This is an exhilarating and action-packed two-hour spectacle for audiences of all ages and children will thoroughly enjoy it as well. There is a 20 minutes interval break where you can mingle at the bar while the children can have their photo taken at one of the pop-up photo booths.

You'll never see a Circus Oz show like this and I could not imagine a better way than to spend an energetically engaging evening at the Circus!

Your last chance to see the Circus Oz in Sydney is on Saturday 3 October 2015 at 1pm or 7pm. Tickets can be booked HERE.
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Why? For a really fun night out for the adults and children alike
When: Check for show time
Phone: (02) 8839 3399
Where: Corner Church & Market Streets, Parramatta, NSW
Cost: Adult $49, Child $30 Family $140
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