Actually, that’s not us, but an ad for a competitor! We definitely do not do sword swallowing: even to think of it makes me feel sick… but read on down…

Spoiler alert: I’m breaking my usual rules for once and including a picture of full frontal guys training, near the end of this post. If likely to be offended, look away now…

Busted #1

Apologies for erratic posting… our internet connection has gone down a couple of times and we’re fault tracking at the moment…

Busted #2

8 of us  were over at Cody’s place on Saturday pm ahead of giving our ‘fakir’ show (more below…) – those of you who have read Loving the Boy will know that he is one of Chad’s private gym group who leads a rather feral existence in a tumbledown place near the Clinch River. He swims, usually naked, every day of the year and so we joined him and his current housemate ‘Adge’, running down the track through the trees and diving in…

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(only just above freezing!!) – whereupon some guy appears on the opposite bank and starts yelling at us. Never happened before, says Cody, in all the years he’s been there. Little choice but to ignore him and continue our ‘fun’ but clearly we were ‘busted’ on that one…

Busted #3

The fakir show – girls doing their fire stuff and joining in on the nails…

alfredo(that’s not us either but a Spanish friend’s show in Madrid)

…with Zach, Gary, Ethan and Jack piling in and adding to the acrobatic elements; iron maiden with several guys on top; special darts in our back (Dave and I); broken glass antics; girls gleefully running the torches over our bodies whilst we are in compromising positions – as usual! – bed of swords, and sword ladder (that one is usually Ethan with Jack on top); balance on stomach on one spear point (Gary – ‘Against All Odds’ describes what he went through to learn that from Chinese martial arts gurus)… so all of us pretty ‘busted’ at the end of that…

Busted #4

The ‘show’ – in Cody’s barn where Circus of Pain and Circus Extreme used to try out their routines in front of friends – was for a sleazeball group of guys bussed in for an evening of S&M ‘fun’ in Cody’s basement. This is his sideline – he has some private income so doesn’t need to work otherwise. tumblr_mypz1lkMaZ1sdp0lbo1_1280Stupidly, Dave, Zach, Gary and I agreed to stay on for a while to be tied up and punished for a bit – whips and wax feature – yeah, we felt real busted by then and quickly left these fat, greasy and slightly smelly creatures to their night of ‘pleasure’…

Busted #5

A gentle workout for me, this morning, still smarting a little from these adventures. Dave was elsewhere, at the gymnastics centre, doing a coaching shift.


Karen arrived with some of their weights, preparing for the move to what will shortly be her and Clare’s home and training cabin! Then, suspecting I feel weak still, she wants a wrestle (‘our’ girls are fearsomely fit lesbians!), and so we oil up.

In less than five minutes she secures a brutal hold on my manhood which I cannot break, and have to give in. Definitely ‘busted’ now!! I might just as well have let Cody lay ’em flat on the table and stamp on them on Saturday night…

So, you think we’re a bit weird. Possibly so. And possibly getting too old for this sort of thing!! This stuff I wrote about our adventures and gay lifestyle we were, well, ten years younger…

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

OK. Three books: three guys splashing in the river in that earlier picture: let’s enjoy some threesomes:





…and, after all that hard sweaty effort, why not come and relax in our hot tub… er, cold tub…


LOVE that one!

Feeling good, feeling pleased with your own efforts and progress, at whatever level – that’s what having a ‘fit’ lifestyle is all about.

tumblr_n031pxwCjh1qjc1iho1_1280I write a lot in here about liking to train naked: a great feeling so long as it’s not too cold! Just for once I offer an incredible picture of a naked training session. I don’t know where this was taken, except that it is in the US. It will enlarge if you click on it: DO NOT ENLARGE IF EASILY OFFENDED!

This is emphatically NOT about sex, or gayness. This is about enjoying freedom, and pitting your body against the challenges set by the equipment; enjoying the sun, and seeing your mates develop their bodies more or less in front of your eyes.

Then you have the confidence to strip down to your underwear in public places, with a body to be proud of and to be admired:


Ah! Sun and summer fun. Something for us all (northern hemisphere at least) to be looking forward to during our current snow flurries!

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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