Night of the Short Knives…

So, we went yesterday afternoon to get beaten up at Cody and Adge’s invitation. Cody is a feral beast living deep in the woods near the Clinch River in a house which I don’t think officially exists, although it has electricity and cable. Definitely hard to find except by his mates. Cody has a private income so doesn’t work, lives rarely clothed, swims naked daily and has a deep mahogony tan and feet toughened like tractor tyres. He has also had a succession of chocolate labradors, some of which he trained to pleasure him when dozing after his swims…

Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbLots more is written in these epics about Cody, particularly my first encounter with him when he organised me into being a knife-throwing target (I didn’t realise at the time just how protective of Dave and I as newcomers to Chad’s amazing gym he was… until some time after our nemesis Vince burst upon the scene…)

Adge likes brutalising himself just to prove his manhood, so he makes the perfect housemate for Cody since the basement is devoted to S&M ‘fun’ for eager groups of ‘clients’. Need I say more? Not our regular scene, but just now and again we ‘enjoy’ his collection of instruments of torture, the hot wax, the clothes pins…tumblr_mfh18rC3Yp1rf2ryho1_500


Let’s just say that, once in a while, its erm interesting…

knife thrower jokeThe main purpose of the evening however was to meet the new knife-throwing act which will join the Circus for our late spring tour. We were joined in Cody’s barn by several of our mates, plus the kids, plus Karen and Clare representing the Circus management, and also by Randy and Dan, our retiring throwers who have, by their own admission, lost confidence. Since they regularly threw directly at a wooden ‘heart’ target held in front of her own heart by one of the girls, this was fairly serious’ Currently, Guy and Jolie are starting a residency at a club in Nashville, so were able to join us for a demo. Theyare both throwers, and both targets. Each comes from a third-generation showman family, and they are a devoted couple. Unusually, they were very little for their act, since whilst this is normal for pretty target girls, Guy offers his body as a direct target to deflect weakly-thrown knives in a variation of the ‘knife drop to abdomen’ which we do.

sword thunbThey do swords too, both swallowing (and throwing knives whilst having swords deep into their guts!) and also the sword laddersword ladder, on which Guy climbs barefoot whilst holding Jolie on his shoulders. Not forgetting the bed of swords, of course, and their speciality – a bed of upward-pointing short knives on which Jolie is ‘tenderly’ laid before Guy jumps on her stomach.

It was quickly obvious that these guys were highly professional and, in a show of solidarity and trust, our girls led the way in offering themselves for targets. Dave and I and some of the others, too. And, not to be outdone, Jack, our free head balance master, insisted to be a target like that. Good job he doesn’t waver when he is upside down on Ethan’s head…

So, it was all settled. Guy and Jolie are brilliant.  We sat around acamp fire in thye dark, discussing removing certain elements of our present performance which they would ‘cover’ (swords essentially), keeping in our beds of nails and glass and so forth, but focussing as ever on the acrobatics…

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(OK, we don’t always bury our friends in the sand to make balance pedestals!).

Whilst Guy and Jolie look quite respectable in their skimpy costumes, lifters they definitely are not! No interest in gyms or other fitness, apparently…


…whereas we, as ever, will always be found working on our strength, flexibilty and general ‘good looks’ (??!!)

weights pose

It is amusing to ‘analyse’ that quizzical expression on the guy’s forehead.. ‘is this good enough?’ ‘How can I improve?’ ‘Do  my pecs need to be larger…?’

Yes! All those hours in the gym pay off! No use wishing you were outside – get back on those machines and make good use of your time…


…although working out as a group also inspires a real team effort…


Remember, its not a question of ‘my bicep is bigger than yours’ but of ‘come on guys, lets make a matching set!’.

And, for acrobats, always remember too not to compromise your flexibility:


Well, this has been a rather contorted and rambling post (as usual!) – sorry about that.

Coming next: something much more focussed as we look forward to a weekend visit from the ninth and tenth current members of Tuan Jie – all the way from Lexington Kentucky, and how we celebrate our sworn commitment to safe relations within this wonderful gay group of ours…

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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