Into the Impossible…

“The Only Way of Finding your Limits of Possible is by Going Beyond into the Impossible”

That’s an inspirational quote from a great gym which we drop into sometimes when we’re out and about in the UK.

“Going into the Impossible…” – I guess that doesn’t just cover lifting even heavier weights, which is the prime motivation in that gym…

…or pulling off power tricks (I wanna be the bottom guy here)

I think those three dudes are part of some display team – see they all have the same black neckwear. Anyway, that bottom guy needs fearsome triceps for that little display.

It was only by having a go – into the realms of the probably impossible – that Dave and I found that I could balance on my head (no hands) on the back of his neck whilst he adopted a handstand… something which has become the highlight of our performance ever since. You just gotta give it a try! But, beware… some things really are impossible, for example:

There’s NO WAY that can be a balance – think about centres of gravity! That rather excellent picture must have been captured with the dancers in mid-flight, using an extremely short exposure. And this, I think, proves it:

But, whether it’s your first shot at a difficult handstand…

…your new breakdance ideas…

…improving the height of your kick…

…or just getting one additional repetition in your weights routine (the young onlooker is better [un]dressed for weight training than the performer, in our view!)

…just GO FOR IT!

As the slogan says, if you don’t give it a go, you will never know! Just train safe.

And, of course, it is not just training and stuff. Maybe, like I did, you have a book inside your head, but you’re too insecure about it to even contemplate trying to write it all down or get it published. I was the same, but the impossible happened: it did get written down reasonably coherently, and it turned into three books, kind of by accident! You can do it too!

The explanation of our head-to-neck balance is in the first one, by the way!

Finally, so as not to disappoint those whose reason for being here is to collect the pictures, a couple of Bonus Boys…

That second guy is trying to help you make a decision! But, remember the maxim, in our context: EXPLORE THE IMPOSSIBLE – GO FOR IT!

 

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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