Swordplay and Stuff

Although we are principally acrobatic gymnasts, we always wanted to make our performance a bit special, so we learned how to deal with beds of nails, glass and swords as a base for our acrobatic features. If that sounds like boasting, don’t believe it! To many people, the sight of bare flesh being pushed down on to a hundred nails with two or three of your mates balancing on you may look pretty scary, but the truth is, if you understand a bit of physics and biology and go carefully, it’s pretty easy stuff. But maybe I’d better say ‘don’t try this at home’ unless you seek out some professional help!

As for blades, it’s slightly more complex but, so long as you don’t allow the blades to move across your skin, you’re OK. Did you ever try to slice bread without moving the knife back and forward..?

Not wishing to be too boastful about our group (yet!), here instead are three pix of a Russian group called STEELKAST – I’ve posted a link to their site, along with the site of a couple of their acrobatic friends, the extraordinary Kalutskikh Brothers who are acrobats and contortionists. These boys are totally amazing, as a quick YouTube search will reveal.

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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