Retraining for the Circus


1 week to go before I go out with Zach and Gary to join the circus tour for a month or so. With a still slightly swollen ankle and low left leg I have been a bit worried about the elements which involve trapeze etc, but it seems to be working out OK. My usual partner for our ‘suspension by teeth’ trick is Dave but he’s not coming, so this time I’ll be suspending Zach – he  is less confident about supporting me high above the ground because he has not really done this one very much!

Another interesting surprise was that Ethan texted me to say that the circus owners have just acquired a teeterboard, and would we care to incorporate it in the act:

nackt_Circus Performers

Zach and I are the principal ‘fliers’ in our little acrobat community, so the mid-air twists and somersaults are not the problem. The problem is landing back on the end of the board in exactly the right place! Hence these two training with significant safety mats, which I think we’ll need to do for a while including our performances. Notice too that, like the trapeze guy in the first picture, they are training naked… the feeling of freedom…

Just in case you’re not sure, each descending performer pitches the other up, and you build enough height to do the ‘tricks’. Usually you land the same end, but one trick we want to try is pitching to the opposite end of the board whilst your partner nips across to the other side ready for your descent to pitch him. Circus say they have a harness we can use for training, which is pretty much a ‘must have’ when you haven’t done this before!

You get things going in the first place with two assistants, mounting to shoulders three-high for the first person to jump down and ‘launch’ the opposite partner. That’s probably going to be me. And if you’re wondering why not Ethan and Jack, who are usually up for pretty much anything, actually they’re sticking with the really tricky balances which they’ve developed over more than ten years – sharing out the ‘moments of fame’!! Ethan get’s pitched over the audiences heads, and also does his ‘death plunge’ from the trapeze, but in each case the catchers are able to move and catch him flat on their arms, taking the energy out of the fall. Much easier. I’m quite looking forward to this now, although I grew to hate living in that tour bus… especially without my Dave…


OK: break time, and Cluedo No 6:

Fair or display in the capital of Guatemala (8)

If you don’t know what this is about, see recent posts: collect 10 correct answers and the first person to send them in gets a free book. They’re all fitness-related in some tenuous way.Cover1 Full

And, if the stuff we’re talking about here interests you, there are two other books which follow on – ‘The Power of Love’ and ‘Against all Odds’. E-books also available:

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

Do be aware that we are a gay crew, and the books contain a fair bit of that. And, within our closed group, we share out the love (and sex): and I have to say that Ethan and Jack are definitely looking forward to having three more partners in that department…


There’s another skill which we might try sometime:


You can do some quite nice tricks with the pole:


…although I must confess we are more used to training with the bar horizontal!



And, of course, we always need to keep one step ahead with our weights:



Whatever we’re doing, when two or more of us get together, there’ll undoubtedly be something physical involved, just to keep up the pressure:


Training with one or more partners is always so much more fun, and can be really useful if you partner can assist in getting your ‘body line’ sorted:


…yes, the ‘girlie’ asymmetric bars are just as useful for the boys!

Never waste a space to train:


So I’m just about done for today. I’m going miss my Dave for a few weeks…


…but I shall four other great fit and gay guys to play with!

My son Leo is really pissed off that he can’t come (he did some shows at the start of the summer and revelled in having the concrete blocks smashed on his body) – but school takes precedence and, at least, he gets his mum back shortly after I’ve gone.

Which just leave me time to share a couple more fitness inspirations for you. Have fun, and get stuck in!






Two great partnerships there, and another great partner ship to end with: the handstand, and a fantastic location in which to perform it!


C’mon: what are you waiting for?



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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  1. Pingback: Inspiration – for us this time! | Tony Cavanagh

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