The Boy and his Friend


In the run-up to Christmas, we usually get the odd booking for an acro or fakir show to support some kind of party. No exception this year. But the interesting thing is that it is the kids who are getting asked the most. We have Jaymee and Leo “as seen on TV”  doing their balance and fakir routine on two nights next week; Jaymee had her friends in their acrobatic trio have secured a party booking too and sweetly asked if Chris could join them to provide some ‘muscle’ – and let them smash concrete blocks on his chest (and he’s the on/off squeeze for Jaymee, don’t forget…) – and then we have Leo and Chris asked to perform on their own – again, twice. This is also balance and fakir, with Leo providing most of the arm balancing and Chris (again) most of the base ‘muscle’, with honours for the fakir stuff shared between them.


glass walker

You know – I think us ‘oldies’ might as well retire – or take up ballet maybe!


Leo and Chris – who have never done ‘solo’ shows before – asked us what they should call themselves. After a lot of agonising, you would never believe what they settled on. “The Boy and his Friend” ! It carefully doesn’t say which of them is the ‘boy’ and which the ‘friend’ – thus giving them equal ‘status’, something Leo insists on (though of course he ‘insists’ on it partly from a feeling of being the superior performer, which he probably is, to be fair!).

I don’t think that the name will last beyond this holiday, and so will only be seen in a quiet corner of eastern Tennessee, but actually we think it is rather clever.

A quick selection of ‘Boys and their Friends’ now follows:


Check out those abs, dudes!


Yeah, coming along nicely!

outdoor gym boys

Each ‘pushing on’ the other to greater achievements… outdoors…


…or in…

guards prep

Of course, they don’t have to train all the time…


…pool time is allowed!

You cannot beat that amazing ‘feel’ of having a close friend who really likes doing what you like, and encourages you to do ever better – and, of course, you for him the same. of course, larger groups can create that same spirit…


…but competitiveness will always creep in. Can you figure out who wants to be, and who is, the best gymnast there?

Before we fall back on some individual physique successes for the rest of this post, just let you remind me why we’re 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

…to give my almost invisible bank balance a small boost as a result of your late Christmas gift buying of course! Gay love, all that sport and performance and some adventure thrown into three connected volumes there. e-books from Amazon also. ‘Giving’ to the needy gym rats (older ones like me!) surely can’t hurt if you get a good yarn in return?

And now, the results of the training. 3 of the same guy first:






And finally, another youngster with attitude -‘ fit rules, OK?’ And so it should!


Looks like a High School wrestler. He can train in our gym anytime!

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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2 Responses to The Boy and his Friend

  1. Hi Tony I’m back on FB again!

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