Time for a Rotation


Regular readers here (the ones who read the words as well as enjoying the pictures!) will know us as a group of gay acrobats with assorted ‘family’ connections. Currently four of our number (Jack and Ethan, extraordinary balancers who do stuff with swords on the side) and our two lesbian ‘mums’ (fire and fakir stuff) are occupying a permanent ‘slot’ in a circus company on a lengthy tour which started in June. Acrobatics and some aerial work are included. I was due to go initially but then injured my leg – but lets not go through all that again. It’s almost back to normal, which is what matters.

Jack and Ethan have been there throughout and seem to thrive on the permanency of being ‘on the road’. Dave (as in ‘my Dave’) went initially; Zach and Gary did a long stint but are now back, and so the caravan rolls on.


Both Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching. Even Ethan and Jack are keen to have Christmas with at least one set of parents (Tennessee or Toronto), but the shows will go on in those holiday periods and we don’t want to ‘lose’ our ‘slot’ – it’s almost like having a take-off slot at a busy airport – if you don’t use it, someone else gets it.

The girls, plus Dave and I, have parenting duties too, whilst Dave and I have prominent roles in the gymnastics centre now largely managed by Peter and Ivo, so they definitely can’t go.


Wait: all these names may mean nothing to new readers, who could usefully start HERE by clicking on these covers:

Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 ThumbOK, all is explained in there. Gay love, acrobatic investigations and training, public performance and some misadventure (to say the least) which has shaped our little gay enclave based in Tennessee.

Since the days described in those books, we’re all just a little bit older now and moving (slowly) more into coaching than performing, although we still train hard. We’ve resolved things for the short time that I will go out along with Zach and Gary, who as I said have done one ‘shift’. The girls will return shortly after, leaving five acrobatics and endurance artists (I hate that word) on duty – bed of nails or glass or swords, in combination with our aerial stuff and acrobatics… well, at least it is original.


So I’m back into some of our old routines, with different partners. Zach was the original acrobatic ‘top’ when I joined: famed for his distaste of shoes, he’s almost always to be seen wearing them around his neck when not actually training or performing!

could be zach


Plenty of ‘strength moves’ to practice again, too:


(Hope I can still do them after such a long layoff). Definitely will need to keep up the weights…


…that’s always difficult on tour. But we usually manage to find a gym somewhere, every couple of days.


Of course, if we can’t get access to weights, there’s always each other:


Keeping up flexibility is easier to organise:


…just need a flat space!

OK, so in ten days or so I’ll be on a plane again to make camp in our touring bus which is close to the Canadian border right now, over near the west coast. Just for four weeks. Not sure what’s going to happen after that, but we’re working on some old friends from Australia (who appear in books 2 and 3) who might well take over the slot for a while.

Cluedo slot now: here is no. 6

Arm extension from this moment: an afterthought? (7)

Free book for the first person to reach me with the correct answer to all 10.

All clues or answers relate in some way to our general theme here of fitness, weight training and so forth. Good luck.

A few more fitness pix to encourage you:





eight pack

york bench




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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