• Posted:Friday, October 23, 2009
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The circus is in town - visit New York

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The circus is in town - visit New York
Oh, happy days! If you're a Big Apple resident or happen to be staying in a New York hostel between now and January 18th, you're in for a big surprise! No, I'm not talking Teddy Bear's Picnic here - the Big Apple Circus is coming to town and what could be a better way to spend an evening than watching jugglers, Russian trapeze artists and equestrian artists run around a big marquis? Nope, there is no answer to that question apart from - nothing!

Even more exciting, Bello - named by Time Magazine as "America's best clown" - is taking centre stage in the ring again, following the takeoff of his global career. Also on the performance bill is the Anaskin Troupe from Russia, who will be making audiences gasp with fear and delight by catapulting themselves to the pinnacle of the tent on nothing but a trampoline.

Each year, the circus brings in artists from around the world and 2009-10 is certainly no different. This time, acts from Armenia, Bulgaria, Brazil, England, China, France, Italy, Germany and Russia will all be there, making for a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere indeed. Watch out especially for the Curatola brothers from Italy who are the third generation of a family that has spent years performing in circuses. These two have put together a hand-to-hand acrobatic act so be prepared for much sibling throwing and standing on each other's heads.

If you are scared of clowns and don't want to go to the circus, perhaps a visit to a phobia group might help. BBC News Magazine recently wrote a very interesting article about coulrophobia, in which Professor Paul Salkovskis was quoted as saying that such fears have more to do with being afraid of something that is "wrong in a disturbingly unfamiliar way".
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