New Tricks for Young Dogs


I’m in trouble again! Yes, my almost 13yo son Leo, who has the world at his feet as it were (that’s an amazing picture!), didn’t get a mention when I said how much I was looking forward to returning to TN and to my partner Dave. “I should be ashamed, etc. etc. etc.”

Well, of course I want to see my amazing son again. But, if I wrote everything down in such meticulous detail, no-one would read this stuff! It is difficult enough to wean people off the pictures and on to the words as it is…

OK. We’re headed home from the circus tomorrow. And, meanwhile, Dave and Karen (his daughter Jaymee’s mum) have been coaching the pair of them through new routines working together so that they effectively have a performable show lasting about 15 minutes.  And, the day I get back, they will put the acrobatic part of it into their school Xmas talent competition! Perfect timing. They have a partner balance routine (Jaymee on Leo), a tumbling interlude, and then a simultaneous balance routine on ‘blocks’ (or pedestals) – that’s as far as the school performance goes, but they can move on to working on glass (both of them), nails (Leo) and fire (Jaymee) – but working together throughout – so Leo drops the pointy knives on to Jaymee’s tummy while she’s on glass, she gets the wield the sledge hammer to break the cinder block on Leo when he’s on the bed of nails, Leo gets to wave the flaming torches around Jaymee whilst she does a back bend (on glass), and so forth…

As a matter of principle I don’t post pictures of the kids on here, but apparently they are going to have the whole routine filmed for TV just after Christmas: the same local station that did us huge favours all those years ago (see Loving the Boy and The Power of Love). Some sort of ‘amazing kids’ show, apparently – how useful old contacts can be! So they’ll be well set up for next year’s circus activities.

We’re hitting the road home after our final show this evening, so a bit of a wild night last night. Tell you about that next time and move on to the pictures for today:

Powering up:




weighted belt pullup

Yes, those oh-so-useful bars…



No, this dude is NOT breaking the block with his head: just using it as a rest during his handstand push-ups:


…or just do the push-ups:


Quick wrestle?


Let’s compare our progress pix:


Then just chill (this is a gay blog, right?):

sofa 2

Cover1 ThumbCover 3 ThumbCover2 ThumbIf you’re new here, and references to ‘gay’ and ‘my son’ puzzle you, check out those books for the entire explanation!

Bit more inspiration to get into the gym? OK…

looker 2





That’ll do for now, then: here’s today’s exercise challenge!





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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