Florida-based touring circus show Circus Pages returned to the Lenawee County Fairgrounds in Adrian, MI for two shows on June 5th, 2013. Now in its 23 annual touring season, Circus Pages brought back many of its usual acts along with a few new ones. Like the previous year, this year it was also held outside on the fairgrounds has opposed to inside one of the fair buildings, as it had done in the past.
Always strong with the presence of animals, the show opened with their usual trained lion and tigers act, which saw the animals going from platform to platform, and leaping over each other under the commands of their trainer. Other animal acts saw trained camels, horses, and elephants also doing synchronized routines. The show also included their popular and long-running Canine Review trained dog act, where small dogs jump around each other, push each other around in a tiny car, and jump rope with the man running the show. The act climaxes when one of the smallest dogs scales a tall ladder, then leaps through the air into the arms of the owner.
There were two separate aerial artist acts throughout the show. For the first, a group of performers ascended up and did several semi-synchronized moves together on ropes. Later in the show was a solo act where a woman went up on silks and performed a variety of masterful positions, then tumbled down from the very top safely to the ground at the end. Perhaps the most noteworthy element of the aerial acts was the sheer height that both acts achieved during their performances. This worked well in the outdoor environment, as such a high up distance would have been nearly impossible to achieve at the indoor venue and the sheer beauty of the art was particularly striking against the blue summer sky.
The Globe of Death made a return this year, much to the satisfaction of the crowd. For those unfamiliar, The Globe of Death is an act involving a mesh sphere that trained motorcyclists drive around in. The centripetal force allowed by the internal curvature of the structure allows the drivers to maneuver around in tight circles and do loops upside down. This started out with just a couple drivers circling around inside the globe, and then they moved their way up in numbers. At one point they even had a show girl standing inside while the drivers tightly drove around the sides just a short distance from her body. Eventually, they worked their way up to five drivers inside the globe for the finale.
Other acts sprinkled throughout the show included an acrobatic trampoline routine with several performer doing a variety of front, back, and corkscrew flip combinations, and a clown act that hyped up the crowd and provided various bits of comedic relief.
Perhaps the most intriguing new act for this year was a duo of Romanian quick-change artists. For this act, a man and woman came out, both impeccably dressed with the man in a full suit and the woman in a colorful dress. There were about a half-dozen hoops with bags attached on the ground in front of them. The duo roved around to music and the man would lift one of the hoops up over the woman for just a couple seconds, and when he pulled the hoop down, her attire would change both in style and in color. They repeated this process several times until the woman was down to wearing a smaller dress decorated in the style of the American flag. For the last part of the act, the man turned and pointed to himself, and in the flash of an eye lifted a hoop up and down over his body, changing his black suite into a shiny colorful one instantaneously.
In a surprising and disappointing move, there was no traditional toss juggling act this year like there had been in previous years. There was, however, a foot juggler who tumbled an elongated object around with her feet, then later manipulated a fire version and a giant cube.
Circus Pages continue to tour, hitting many of the same cities around the same time every year. It is likely that in about a year, their posters will be seen all over town indicating that they will once again, be bringing their family-friendly circus show back for more.