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July 10, 2011
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I’m so going to this. Amusing the Zillion reports that “Circus Vidbel, a genuine ‘Old Tyme’ family-run circus, has opened in good ol’ Coney Island.” I’m totally in.

This is totally up my alley. Check out some of the attractions:

Suzanne Vidbel
in her breathtaking Aerial Cloud Swing display.

Ian Garden’s Spectacular
Award Winning Liberty Horse Act

The Alvarez Family
Alvarez Family’s will wow the crowd with their Teeter Board Act -A Dangerous and Nerve racking display of skill and daring.

The Ashton Family
The Ashton Family in an extraordinary display of foot juggling featuring 2 year old Little Miss Cheyenne!

Pat Davison Family’s
Unicycle and Rola-Bola

Hula Hoop Review
featuring the incredible Adiana

Comedy Magic Act
featuring Pat Davison

Juggling Mania
with Martine Alvarez

Here’s some of ATZ’s review:

We’re fond of novelty dog acts, which were a staple at the county fair vaudeville stages of our carny childhood. Somehow we missed seeing the Fabulous Darnells, three sisters who perform a kitschy, glitzy act with their prancing poodles. They were probably playing Vegas! The Darnells and their dogs sport an extraordinary array of matching costumes and their wardrobe includes not only the Stars and Stripes, but a Hawaiian hula skirt and a Scottish kilt.

The first time we saw Chinese vase juggler Guiming Meng’s astonishing performance was with the Big Apple Circus in 2008. His skill at balancing and spinning larger and larger porcelain jars on his head was the surprise hit of the show. According to Circopedia, Guiming Meng’s father was a master jar juggler and he first came to the United States with the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe.

Oh, I’m so there.

And here’s Susan Vidbel-Ashton in action. Hey now.

Susan Vidbel-Ashton, Aerial Cloud Swing. Circus Vidbel, Coney Island. July 9, 2011. Photo © Kevin C Downs

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2011 10:14 pm

    I can think of one loyal, or at least semi-loyal reader, who would attend for the hula hoops alone.

  2. Fat Al permalink*
    July 10, 2011 11:18 pm

    Definitely. By the way, on re-reading my post, it appears that I’m a Valley Girl.

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