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Circus tour on the move with spectacular one-finger stand act

Tupa’i Bruno Loyale’s Magic Circus of Samoa is taking the fun around the country, with Afega being their latest stop.

The Samoa tour started at Vaitele-tai last week.

 “The Circus is actually on tour right now. We started at Vaitele-tai…we finished there and now we are in Afega,” Tupa'i said. 

“We are already set up and we are going to have the first show tonight and four days in Afega. Then we’re going to be going on to Leauva'a.”

Asked to name one outstanding act in the show, Tupa’i said it is difficult because “everything is just brilliant.”

But there is a gravity defying one-finger stand act that is probably one of the most spectacular acts ever in the Magic Circus. 

“We have a gentleman, who has had five or six years of practice and he does a one-finger stand," Tupa'i said. 

"People stand on their hands. People stand on one hand, well he does all that but he goes past that and he stands on one finger.

 “That is one of the most outstanding acts we have ever had on our circus. It took years of practice. He does it every day. He stands on one finger and I think that’s a real highlight to the show. People just freak out to see that. Oh the show is spectacular!”

Another act of note is a young lady from Vailima, he added.

"I have a young lady from Vailima and she has been with the circus for quite a while now. She does what we call the Rolla Bolla Act and it’s incredible. She is one the highlights of the show,” Tupa’i said.

He said the Fiafia Park in Tafaigata is closed but there is the possibility they will open for Christmas.

He added that the response from the villagers has been “fantastic."

“Everyone is coming out with the kids. We will have the same thing every week from Wednesday to Saturday four days a week in the villages. Then on to Saleaumua, Fasitoo-uta, Fasito'o-tai and then we will keep on going like that,” he said.

“It’s an incredible show with some the best acrobats we have ever had from Samoa. We have some visitors also with us, some performers from Cuba and they are our circus teachers and they are also involved in the show but of course but mostly we have Samoan boys and girls from Upolu and Savai’i and they are spectacular!

"There is also a teeter-board act, one girl doing a triple back somersault, a sailor on an anchor act, a roller skating act and “all kinds of great acts,” said Tupa’i.

There are about 25 performers in the circus but counting support personnel, there are more than 30 in the crew.

“It’s a very nice show over two hours.

Showtime is 7 p.m. and finishes at 9:30 p.m.

Adults pay $10. Children pay $5. 

There are only 50 VIP chairs and circus goers can upgrade for $3.

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