Replacements!

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Well, that’s original! A planche held on a stretched taut rope. Not sure who those guys are, but would love to train with them.

Our last show with the circus is tomorrow. By taking turns from our 10 adult performers plus two kids during the vacation, we kept the circus supplied for six months, and we’re committed to do the same from next June. Of the five of us here now, Ethan and Jack have been here throughout, Zach and Gary have done two stints, and me just one. It’s fun, but we’ll all be glad to be out of it for Christmas and there is much to do back in TN.

Two new groups are taking over. First there are three guys who appear to be called ‘The Torture Brothers’: I think that two of them are brothers and the third is a mate. In addition to all the obvious stuff (broken glass work, beds of nails, bodyburning) that we do, they also seem to like skewering each other, right through the simple (punk-rocker!) stuff…

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… to major “surgery”: a very long skewer through all three pairs of cheeks, then pulling a little cart along with a small stagehand girl in it. They also use hooks in their backs, like our girls do (and originally did a lot more – see LOVING THE BOY), as well as hanging weights from their earlobes and nipples… OK, that’s never appealed to us but, then, they don’t do the extreme kung-fu stuff that Gary does… it’s a good act, if a little gruesome at times.

Also three girls from eastern Europe have arrived (I think Bulgaria, but not sure): they’re the replacement acrobats and do a lot of contortion too. The sort of girl who can sit on their own head while in a hand balance, and then walk a large ball up a slope with their hands at the same time. They don’t specialise in partner balance much (like we do), but they do a fair job of tumbling as well. And, like an old mate from the old days, Felipe (see LOVING THE BOY and THE POWER OF LOVE), they cram themselves into a little box as well – all three together!

Management seem happy, but will also be pleased to see some of us show up in June at wherever they happen to be.

And so, a road trip of several days is ahead of us, relaxing on the bus as Chad drives us. He wants to leave straight after tomorrow evening’s show and drive through some of the night, which is fine by us. We can sleep (or at least rest) in our bunks – strictly we’re supposed to be in proper coach seats wearing seat belts, but who is checking???

I have some more writing to do with the fourth book, which has kind of stalled with being ‘on the road’ – but perhaps I can get some done during the journey as well.

And that’s the news so far… so let’s get on with the usual dose of fitness pictures. Enjoy!

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OK, some nice definition in those four guys. Now let’s hit the gym:

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Good use of a home gym there.

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Now that pic I like. The composition, the gym (where I suspect tops are obligatory), and the muscle! You don’t always have to be shirtless to make a good picture – but, of course, it helps!

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The other gym(nastics)!

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A nice top planche in a floor routine, followed by some apparatus work:

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Some more great results, then:

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Don’t overlook the value of using street bars:

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Yes, I didn’t mean the alcoholic kind!

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…and, as I have said many times before, share the fun with like-minded mates! Enjoy!

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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

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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