Mad About the Boy (and Girl)


The circus boss watched our training yesterday morning quite critically (I thought) and then, afterwards, ‘Tone, can I see you in the office?’ ‘WTF,’ I thought to myself, exchanging looks with the rest of the team. The ‘office’ is a sort of cupboard in his trailer. I was imagining that I, or maybe all of us, was about to get fired. ‘Any chance of getting your kids back over Christmas? They went down brilliantly with the younger audience…’ Ah. Well, Jaymee is Dave’s daughter, not mine, but that’s just a detail.

Leo and Jaymee did a month in this troupe at the start of the summer vacation (when I couldn’t join them) and they had a whale of a time. But Christmas? We were planning a family gathering back in TN, or maybe even over in UK. Leo is mad keen to meet his British fitness confederate Ollie again. But they only get 12 days off school, including the weekends. We had to get special permissions to be late back from UK last year. And 12 days hardly allows to get over the west coast, train, do a sensible number of shows, and get back again. So, although I know that both of them would be overjoyed to be asked back, I think that the answer has to be ‘no’ for the moment. And, in fact, we have more or less arranged for an entirely new act to substitute for us by then: we’ve been represented, with a changing team of performers, since the beginning of June, and even Ethan and Jack would like to be at one of their homes (TN or Toronto) for Christmas.

‘Maybe next summer then?’ Definitely, I would say. Leo loves the gasps from the audience when we smash a concrete block on his chest as he lies on his nail bed, and they both get ever better with their balance routines.

Anyway, it’s great to be appreciated!

Just wish we had beach opportunities to train, like this guy:


But there are many opportunities to train – using ‘street furniture’ for example:


We do envy those guys from Eastern Europe who get to make such good use of street ‘playgrounds’… and they get good audiences, too!



Meanwhile, we’re missing our sessions in the gym…


…haven’t found anything near to any of our ‘pitches’ so far since I joined the circus tour. But we do have a few free weights with us:


More on circus life for a group of gay boys can be found here:

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

e-books also available. And now, our customary collection of random fitness pictures: enjoy!






impressive selfie

sweat pants




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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