Planet Circus Visits
Southport ~ 2011
ON a windswept
rain Saturday, 21 May 2011, I arrived at Pleasureland car park in
Southport. I had some to see Planet Circus. I’d been
told to:- “Expect the unexpected at the all human circus
spectacular.” At first sight the Big Top looked quite small,
but inside it was fantastic, just how I expected a circus to be!
Both adults and children alike were all filled with excitement and
waited eagerly for the show to start. The lights went out, the
curtains parted and illuminated by a spotlight; the Ring Master
entered and announced:- “let the show begin.”
First up were the acrobatic team, performing an array of stunts
including juggling. Followed by a beautiful young lady who
performed a wonderful tableau high up in the air balanced on a
crescent moon. Chico Rico the clown entertained the crowd
whilst the crew prepared for the next act. He had everyone clapping
and joining in the fun.
Fantastic trampoline wrestlers performed next, each move carefully
choreographed for maximum impact.
Then came Marco Polo a crazy Mexican high wire walking little
daredevil. This act really has to be seen to be believed! Not
only did he walk across the tightrope he balanced a chair in the
middle and sat on it! And then he proceeded to put baskets
on his feet and ran across the tightrope…… blindfolded!
Back to Chico for more laughter and fun to keep us entertained. A
UFO took off and the artists magically appeared from inside
and gave us a stunning performance of their aerial acrobatic
Next up was a dance competition. Featuring Micky and Minnie mouse,
Sponge Bob, Alvin and Scooby. Minnie mouse was the victor!
During a brief refreshment break, members of the audience were able
to have photos taken with the cartoon characters. Souvenirs
were also on sale.
Back to the show! The wheel of Death towering at 60 feet in the air
saw Honza perform amazing feats of skill and balance cheating death
at every spin. The audience gasped in amazement. On came Chico Rico
with more hysterical comedy and fun!
Followed on by
Ringmaster and Master Magician Gary Bond. He performed sensational
illusions and magic. Chico then went
around picking members of the audience to perform a routine which
had everyone both amazed and roaring with laughter. The final act
was the Motor Cycling Thunderball Riders and the “Globe of
Death”. Billed as:- “four men, four motorbikes, one
Globe of Death” which is actually a 16ft high round metal
cage. Before our eyes spectacular, daredevil stunts were performed.
The riders raced around the cage narrowly missing each other with
superb skill. One rider is Europe’s youngest stunt rider Peter
Pavlov who is only 11years old and has been hailed as the new Evil
Knieval. It was nail biting stuff with people on the edge of their
After 2 hours of fun and excitement the finale featured all the
stars in a farewell parade. Lots of smiles, wavering, cheering and
clapping brought the wonderful show to an end. Everyone went home
happy having done what they have always dreamed of……. Run away with
the circus, at least for a short while.
A thourghly enjoyable performance would highly recommend it. Let’s
hope they revisit next year. 5 out of 5!
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