‘Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog…’

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‘Wool of bat and tongue of dog…’

Tonight’s the night! Well, the first of two, given the ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations for the local Mexican community.

This morning’s training dissolved into chaos for the young ones – experiments with fake blood, painting out some of their teeth, creepy white make up with will glow in u/v light… Chet has set up an amazing lighting routine for our little shows this weekend, and the sound track which has some of the familiar tunes which keep us ‘on track’ has been augmented with wails, screams and screeching owls…

‘Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting…’

Don’t think we could ever mount our shows without Chet’s professionalism. He’s been working with the girls for over 20 years – since before Dave and I even came to the States. Not to mention his excellent and accident free touring-bus driving.

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‘Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing…’

The three young ones (Jaymee, Leo and Chris), are all missing a huge High School Hallowe’en celebration tonight. I asked them what they would rather do – and the answer was unanimous… PERFORM! I guess it runs in the families…

‘For a charm of pow’rful trouble

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble…’

But, wait, you three witches! Jump ahead to Hecate’s response:

‘O well done! I commend your pains

And every one shall share i’ the gains…’

Isn’t that a lesson from the Bard that we can all admit to? ‘No pain, no gain!’?

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Black and white seems appropriate tonight… continuing our theme of training and performance, then…

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Another cabaret acrobat:

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In our show tonight we shall leave the contortion to Felipe! This next is more ‘me’:

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A favourite:

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And finally…

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Dave and I, the girls and the kids wish you all a Happy Hallowe’en!

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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