“The Guy that did all the Back-Flips…Wow!”


We’re on the road again, possibly for the last time because we are tiring of living in a bus out of backpacks for extended periods. This one, fortunately, is not too long.

Last night we had the curious experience of sitting in a restaurant next to a table with four girls who had been to see the show but whom did not recognise us because we were wearing ordinary tee-shirts and shorts rather than the ‘show’ costume of trunks only! I was at a table with Dave, Ethan and Jack. If we had had either Ivo or ‘Three Rivers’ at our table, with their long pony-tail hair from which they had been hanging and doing their aerial acrobatics, then I guess the game would have been up. As it was, we sat giggling and earwigging the girls’ conversation, trying to feign innocence!

‘The guy that did all the back flips’ was obviously Zach, who is our best tumbler and tends to get that role most often. We say ‘wow’ too, but then we are gay and so is he, so I guess we’re entitled, especially as it was Zach who united us in the form of Tuan Jie in the first place and who has always tended to supervise our ‘sharing the love’ situation within a self-imposed safe environment.

‘I’d take any of them, any time!, observed one of the girls loudly. ‘Those muscles, when they were balancing, wow!’ Wow seems to be her favourite word. Well, yeah, we do have a few muscles between us, and a bit of a ripped appearance, I suppose. Actually, we work hard on that and have done so for years…


‘That flexible guy was amazing…’ – well, that could have been Gary displaying his martial arts splits…


… or ‘3R’ (Three Rivers), our latest circus acquisition, doing his contortion (like this…)


‘I don’t know they can balance like that…’ – well, through bloody hard work, actually…


…actually, we would never call ourselves a name like ‘muscle bound’ (as these guys have done) because what it actually means is that you have built too much muscle to be flexible, and we cannot afford to do that. But we do enjoy our work in the gym…

deltoid development

…that’s both the weights gym and the artistic gymnastics scene…

Photoset and OO-set available

‘and when they lay down on that glass and those nails, I was real scared…!’ – well, no need for that girls, it doesn’t hurt a bit (well, not much)…

We giggled a lot, listening in, and wondering whether to go over and introduce ourselves. Wisely, I think, we decided against it, fearful of causing a stampede when the girls realised that all of us were distributed around the place at different tables!

Yeah, to keep this stuff up, there’s a lot of training and hard effort involved, but we all enjoy the training (more than the performances I think… if only we could earn money just by doing the training!).Cover1 Thumb

Cover2 ThumbThere’s a lot about our training and circus life, pinned together with gay love and adventures, in these three volumes, and the first two are available as e-books too whilst the publisher is working on the third e-book.

and, finally...OK, enough book plugging and gloating over what our ‘fans’ have to say. At least we have fans!

Let’s just have a few more pictures which celebrate the well-developed male body, of which we are all obviously proud and which our fans clearly appreciate!!

bound hands

briefs pose

brick wall


nice chest


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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