Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ooh la la ~ a Cirque Tell-all?

She was 17 and he was 32
when they met on a beach in Brazil.
All you need is 'LOVE'
All you need is 'LOVE'

All you need is 'LOVE' 'LOVE'

'LOVE' is all you need.

Let's just say I knew this guy when he had hair. This book could be quite interesting. The timing of the release couldn't hurt ticket sales I suppose.

Who do you think will play him in the movie?

Le livre - Guy Laliberté :

When you click on the links below to read the articles be sure to read the comments too. I found them to be quite revealing in many ways.

So far this site has the best comments regarding the true legal implications for all Canadian women.

Beverly Ackerman

Unauthorized bio exposes sordid details of Laliberté's life

Sex, drugs and the trapeze.

Halperin says he started out with a distorted, one-sided view of Laliberté, based on what the billionaire’s ex-common-law wife – the mother of three of Laliberté’s five children – told him.

But he was set straight by the many friends and employees – current and former – who spoke of Laliberté’s generosity and vision in combining art and enterprise.

“He has helped so many people and provided so many opportunities,” Halperin said, mentioning among other things the One Drop foundation to fight poverty in the world by giving everyone access to water.

Laliberté has pledged to donate $100 million over 25 years to cover its operating costs.

“The message is he never forgot where he came from and never abandoned his friends,” Halperin said. “He’s a simple guy with a lot of dough.”

A posted comment says. . .

There is no Hard work behind the cirque (at least from Lalibertes part), everything was stolen from the previous founders, Cirque du soleil is a non lucrative entity that was founded in 1978 , Guy joined the entity in 1982 and managed to sneak his way around the original founders to take control of the company and pocket all income (in most cases this is considered theft) As far the no gas money to return fro the US , its a completely bogus and false urban legend,at the moment the urban legend takes place Guy used company funds to purchase himself a convertible Porsche 911 and spent most of his time snorting cocaine and having a good time with Los Angeles Prostitutes, leaving the rest of the management and troops in limbo and with no money to operate (fortunately they were a success and received a partnership offer from a major studio , Guy backed out of the deal after a few days Is he a good guy ? maybe for those who were not drugged or paid to have sex with him and other strangers among other things , why is it that people glorify his parties ? anyone else doing the same thing would be charged for drug possession (in large quantities ) and Rape . He is an egomaniac who loves to abuse and control people , he is a sexually depraved homosexual in the closet (unless you sign the ND Form) who not so deep inside hates women. Remember what i said before C D SOLEIL is a NON LUCRATVE entity who takes advantage of millions and millions of taxpayers money and does not pay taxes, on the other hand he controls over 50 incorporations who supply al services to C D S, such as event planning , tickets, ropes , transportation ,etc Long story short " I will use your money" , to finance the operation of a company that will make my other companies a lot of money. Unfortunately most Quebequers will say "Hey on l'aime Guy , y a du Cash

The New York Post

The circus was sexually charged, too, according to Halperin. One ex-female acrobat tells him Cirque was run by "horny little boys" whose goal was "to [bleep] as many women as they could until they dropped dead. They were all decent human beings until it came to women . . . They would not take 'no' for answer. First they tried to charm you -- they were certainly most charming -- and if that didn't work they'd ply you with the most expensive booze, get you stoned, and voila, the next morning you'd wake up in their bed naked."

Oh? Really? Sheesh, and that's surprising?

People making comments here are a bit less polite

Perez Hilton

From another site:

Rizia mentioned that Guy used to spend the nights making merry with younger girls while Rizia was left behind at home to take care of the children. Rizia informed that Laliberte had connections with so many women behind her back. Rizia said that although Laliberte tried to hide his guilt, each time, he used to get caught!

Every time Rizia used to discover Laliberte’s deeds, she used to confront him always and the proud creator of Cirque du Soleil had nothing to say in his defense! Rizia said that Laliberte had made her life miserable. Author Halperin had been told by Rizia that Laliberte used to come home after having sex with other women and then he fulfilled his urges with Rizia.

Rizia said that if she would have known this fact, then she would have never indulged in a sexual relationship with Guy. In that way, Laliberte has not only been regarded as unfaithful by Rizia, but she said that Laliberte’s multiple sexual relationships with multiple women had posed a risk to her health.

Delved a little deeper on the internet and came up with these links.

The plot thickens . . .

Here's the author's blog titled, "IAMUNDERCOVER.COM"

From a poker blog

and more . .

And the cyberpaper, "LeSoleil" in French,

translates understandably into English at

Google translate

I've always thought there was a soap opera waiting to be produced entitled,

"As the Circus Turns"

If anyone out there wants to produce it, give me a shout.

'Love' is all you need

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Clown Hunt -The Movie

Seems it's making the film festival scene. We can only hope for a wide release. Make friends on Myspace

Monday, May 25, 2009

Russian Circus Photo Portfolio

Russian? Circus? Rather a posed surreal combination of the two. Interesting. Where is the bored, dingy, circus, sideshow angst headed? Or for that matter, where does it come from?

The concept and images should be credited to Ms. Michèle Malka, Creative Director.

Here is a a link to Ms. Malka's Behance Profile, where this work is included, among others:

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Clowns Give New Meaning to White Face

Here’s an excellent example of pwnage: when the white supremacist group VNN Vanguard Nazi/KKK tried to host a hate rally in Knoxville, Tennessee, they were foiled by … clowns!

“White Power!” the Nazi’s shouted,

“White Flour?” the clowns yelled back running in circles throwing flour in the air and raising separate letters which spelled “White Flour”.

“White Power!” the Nazi’s angrily shouted once more,

White flowers?” the clowns cheers and threw white flowers in the air and danced about merrily.

“White Power!” the Nazi’s tried once again in a doomed and somewhat funny attempt to clarify their message,

“ohhhhhh!” the clowns yelled

“Tight Shower!” and held a solar shower in the air and all tried to crowd under to get clean as per the Klan’s directions.

At this point several of the Nazi’s and Klan members began clutching their hearts as if they were about to have a heart attack. Their beady eyes bulged, and the veins in their tiny narrow foreheads beat in rage. One last time they screamed

“White Power!”

The clown women thought they finally understood what the Klan was trying to say. “Ohhhhh…” the women clowns said. “Now we understand…”,

“WIFE POWER!” they lifted the letters up in the air, grabbed the nearest male clowns and lifted them in their arms and ran about merrily chanting


What the world needs now, is CLOWNS, sweet CLOWNS!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Webster Hall Circus Saturdays

Webster Hall has always been friendly to circus folks. Over the years circus acts have been hired and flown in. Nice to see they are continuing the tradition, although nowadays there's probably plenty of acts to hire locally. As one NYC buddy told me, "You can't swing a cat by the tail without hitting an aerialist nowadays." Fly safe, y'all!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Moscow Cat Theatre

-->Link to NY Times article
Sorry if you're trying to see this video from outside of the country (US). Seems Hulu isn't available. The cats do lots of funny things is all I can say. Maybe I'll post some pics. Thanks for letting me know.

Sideshow Psychology

Katz World of Wonders Photos

Mind's Eye: Running Away With the Circus
Why some prefer the hardships of showbiz on the road to normal life.

By: Carlin Flora

As they lived among sword-swallowers and fire-eaters from the only remaining traveling circus sideshow in the U.S., photographers Jimmy and Dena Katz wondered: Why would a young person sign up for a dying profession, one that brings in little money and lots of grime?

"There is this old-fashioned appeal of running away with the circus," says Dena. "But it was so tough day-to-day. Living in a trailer, charging $2 or $3 per show. There was nothing romantic or glamorous about it."

A powerful escape fantasy may be more difficult to shake than the grit of life on the road. "Carnivals and circuses attract that element in the psyche that craves symbolic and dreamlike experiences," says Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul. "When work, facts, and literal issues are our main focus, we have a desperate need for liberation. Why else do we sit and watch television for hours?"

But isn't living out an escape fantasy, rather than occasionally thinking about it, generally a bad choice? "Just as people with little money will purchase a fancy television set, so a person drawn to the carnival will undergo hardship to attain their goal," says Moore. "It's largely an unconscious goal, which makes it difficult to weave into ordinary life. Because it is a rejection of normal limits, it has a certain mad quality."

Maybe madness simply trumps reason for restless types who are stifled by conventional jobs. "Some of them told me that when they were away from the circus and suddenly smelled diesel fumes or burnt tires, they would desperately miss it and want to join up again," Dena says. Jimmy recalls that he told one performer that life in the troupe seemed hard. "The guy replied, 'All life is hard.' " Might as well put on a show.

Psychology Today Magazine, Mar/Apr 2009
Last Reviewed 14 May 2009
Article ID: 4802

Oh, yeah, the smell of diesel fumes liberates me every time. Beats watching television.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

VarieTEASE LULLABY @ Orlando Fringe Fest

A lip-synched whirlwind of choreographed chaos.

Quite unlike anything I'd ever seen before combining highly technically proficient dancers that knew how to use it, black and white costuming that amazed and was never boring, makeup and hairstyling that was both colorfully creative and flattering, imaginative dancing and staging that kept you guessing, in the palm of their hands energy that held you spellbound the whole time, yeah, on a scale of Lynn a definite GO!!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fern St. Circus

Fern Street Circus presents "Famiglia del Circo" in Balboa park. "Famiglia del Circo," or "The Circus Family," is a one ring theatrical circus performance where an average family gets drawn into a the show because of their deaf daughter's dreams of being in the circus. Acts include Aerial Hoop, Chiffon, Clowning, Juggling, Trampoline, and much, much more.

Stand up 8

Meet the new American circus.

A whip-cracker, an escape artist, a fire-eater, a clown, a juggler, a musician, a trampoline champ, a hand balancer, and a contortionist who fits in a K-Mart duffel bag.

Stand Up Eight stands out from other theatrical circuses with its groundbreaking and intertwined use of script, story, and skill. Audiences will meet the girl who can escape from a marriage and a straitjacket in less than 90 seconds. The whip-cracker who bites with both words and whip. The fire eater with nothing left to burn. The aerialist who practices in a bicycle helmet and a parka.

And of course, Sam.

Escape artist Zay Weaver explains, "We'll be focusing on personality and the man behind the curtain. We want to create a show where the audience walks out feeling like they've gotten in on a secret."

The collaborators of Stand Up Eight appeared on Canada's reality television show Dragon's Den last October, winning a quarter of a million dollars to stage their dream circus. "Every performer in Stand Up Eight is already a successful entertainer in their own right", says Allison Williams, director of the project and founder of Aerial Angels, a circus arts company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Each of us has stories to tell about why and how we do what we do, and we're all ready to create something big and beautiful."

Stand Up Eight premieres in Dekalb, Illinois in order to work with Tracy Nunnally, leader of Halls Flying FX and a giant in the stunt flying world. Nunnally is working closely with the show's creators to develop a flight act never before seen in a circus or theatre production. Right now, it's still top secret "but you've never seen anything like this. Personally, it's a tremendous challenge and a lot of fun to create something this different", says Nunnally.

Dead Girl Circus

The Gravest Show on Earth

Kyle pointed these girls out to me.
Great concept, a dead girl circus. And the best is that Mom's get in free!

If you're in Dallas, TX check them out and get back to me.
on twitter

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

cIRQUE bERZERK 'Beneath'

CIRQUE BERZERK, a wild, sexy, decadent and demented alternative circus, that isn’t exactly for kids, features jaw-dropping acrobatics, stunning male and female aerialists, sexy, fiery burlesque dancers, gothic stilt walkers, punk rock clowns, and psychedelic vaudevillian tomfoolery.

'BENEATH' debuts June 18, 2009, and runs through 4th of July weekend (at least). The event of the summer will take place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park 1245 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90012. All ages are welcome. Tickets range in price from $25 to $80.
For tickets please click

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

Motherhood ~ The toughest job I've ever loved. <3 Mom

Yesterday a new circus was born. Circus Vera ~ The birth of a circus for all to see ~ can be found living here in the virtual world and having performances in the real one. Interesting to see the bridge take place between the two. Best of luck for a successful season!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

BBQ Delish!

What do you get when you combine 3 clowns, utensils and ingredients?

Some pretty tasty funny, stuff.

And straight from the clown's mouth a little insight into the "process".

BBQ from Todd Feren on Vimeo.

The original show was a two-person show starring the Owner of the company Todd Zimmerman. We took a look at the tape and basically kept the structure of the show but re-wrote the entire thing bit by bit. It was "written" by the three of us. "Written" meaning we talked through bits then worked through them. Nothing was ever put down on paper.
The three of us are Todd Zimmerman, Terrance Yip, and Myself.

The Longshoremen perform out at Seaworld 7 days a week doing 5 shows a day. The Longshoremen have 8 to 9 shows in our repertoire but we usually stick to 3 different shows during our five show days. I think they are a lot of fun. I've grown up watching and loving the 3 Stooges, so it's a thrill to be able to write bits that remind me of them.

Thanks for taking an interest.
Todd Feren

Thank you Todd for levening our day, or would that be leavening? You know adding a little levity, that's it! Anyway, thanks for the laughs! HAHAHAHAHaHAHAHAHAHaHaHaHa!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Antoinette, today's your day.

While teaching us web on Ringling I was hanging by my ankle when she asked,
"How's it feel?"

"It's on fire!"
I said through gritted teeth as the pinched nerves were sending searing, hot pains shooting up my leg. (well, down rather as I was strung up like a side of beef)

"It's fine? OK, now let's spin."

God I loved her!
She taught many a showgirl how to smile and style 30 feet in the air.
Thank you Antoinette!

Calendar by

Buenos días amigos Feliz Cinco de hold the Mayo

It's the fat-free version.

Probably the the most unsettling act I've come across lately. The "Regurgitator"

Thanks to @birdalert for the heads up. She creates gorgeous woodcuts based on historical research. Her sideshow series is artfully delicious. See them here.

Followed by this POV flying vid from Richie and I can nearly guarantee you're gonna toss your cookies!

Bulimic weight loss anyone?