On Hand and On the Bar

Today’s Gallery Theme: Handstands


Leo and Jaymee have been looking to extend their ‘repertoire’ of balance and fakir work, and our friend Ron down at the gym suggested that they have a go at trapeze work, including handstands thereon as well as Jaymee performing from Leo’s hands while he hangs from his feet. This will be a neat addition to the family shows if it works out, and Ron is a good teacher for balance too. So they had a great session yesterday evening, while Dave and I went on the resistance machines with Leon and Dane, who are staying with us for today’s reunion with Ethan and Jack. Clare was there to encourage Jaymee, too, as well as pulling a few pounds herself. Leo and Jaymee also want to do the teeth-by-teeth hang thing that Dave and I do, and they tried that too.

But what they’re definitely best at is balance – handstands, including planche, and one-arm definitely – so that’s todays picture theme!


Shall we call that one ‘disinterested dog’?





If my references to all these assorted people are pretty meaningless and you don’t understand our interest in acrobatics and cabaret performances, best start here:

The first part...The second part...Cover 3 Thumb

It would be great if you would give the books a go but, if you’re just here for the pictures, here come some more hand balances!



Do it ‘naked as nature intended’. Feels good. Here’s another:







Your athletic body + sun + a desert! A handstand is surely inevitable!

No desert? OK, well, the gym’s empty, so wtf…


A bit of a back bend, now:


And I almost forgot – if a partner’s available…



Behind you…!!!


And a sunset to end…



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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