I like to say that going on vacation as a family is simply taking your circus on the road. So I decided, maybe it’s time to see an actual family circus on the road. The Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC!™ 2018, in Calgary this weekend, was incredible, gasp-inducing, and to be honest, a little nerve-wracking.
With acrobatics, tightrope walkers, jugglers, and even a horse show, there is much to take in. My three kids sat wide-eyed and astonished throughout the entire show. And with good reason: the flipping, spinning, and jumping defied imagination. Have you ever seen, for example, someone juggling ping-pong balls with his mouth?
The ringmaster, Joseph Dominik Bauer, didn’t just wear a sparkly suit and direct the show. He performed on the Wheel of Destiny, a cocky, daring number running and jumping on the outside of a towering, spinning metal wheel. Of course, it wasn’t enough just to run or jump; Bauer skipped rope, juggled flaming torches, and traversed the wheel blindfolded. I couldn’t watch. Naturally, it was my son’s favourite number.
My girls loved the acrobats and aerialists, with their glittering costumes and beautiful moves on the trapeze, ropes, and hoops. The strength and flexibility accompanying these beautiful circus stars were lovely to watch. (They were my favourite, too.)
The Royal Canadian Family Circus is composed largely of circus performers who have grown up under the big top. It was a pleasure to join their family and have a glimpse into the showman side of their life, with spectacular feats of skill and talent. The Circus plays until June 17th, 2018, by Cross Iron Mills. If you’re lucky enough to nab tickets, take the family and be amazed together.
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Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC™ 2018:
When: June 15 – 17, 2018
Time: Times vary by date. Check the website for the complete schedule.
Where: CrossIron Mills
Address: 261055 CrossIron Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
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