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my old circus boots (nearly 15 years old now!), with new(ish) cirque du soleil mask..

Triumph Yellow and Ferrari Red, that is. Amazing how long spray paint will stick on a pair of DMs...
13th Jun 2007, 17:10   | tags:,,

hildegard says:

Ee, by 'eck that teks me back. :)
Back when my biggest worry was getting a new trick right or finding the best barrier cream for fire-eating... them were t'days...
Good shoes - is that a Saltimbanco mask?

13th Jun 2007, 18:06

mat says:

The only times I tried fire-eating, I used no protection and (somehow) didn't get burnt! I didn't do eating much, but I can still blow a decent flame from time to time. See my profile page for an example.

The circus was the best job I ever had, by a long way. Pro rata, it also paid better than any job I've had since. I've had to pretty much stop 'cos of the rsi, but I've still got all my gear for when I'm fixed. Somewhere, I think, I've even still got a set of Official Circus Sensible Orange Overalls. I should have given those back, I'm sure.

Saltimbanco, correct. I bought it when I went to see Dralion.

13th Jun 2007, 18:23

hildegard says:

Never managed to get a decent shot of me firebreathing yet. :(

The barrier cream's more to stop contact dermatitis than to stop burns - the fuel's nasty stuff for skin & lots of people react.
What one really, really needs to protect is the mouth & gullet - in my experience a good size tub of double cream is the most important bit of safety kit. Strawberries are optional. :)
I never got paid - don't enjoy performance so I volunteered teaching circus skills to kids.

Not seen Dralion, though I think it's still touring; what did you reckon?

13th Jun 2007, 18:38

mat says:

I used to do mostly workshop stuff - schools, fetes, festivals, street, etc. etc. Mostly wasn't very well paid, as one of the circuses was a community project, but the times I worked for Circus Sensible were good money. Stage performance I wasn't so big on, but I used to enjoy street walk-round a great deal. I almost applied for a place at one of the Parisian circus schools when I was 18, but someone convinced me university was a better idea. Hindsight suggests that person was wrong.. :)

Dralion is excellent, I'd recommend it. Pretty much everything CdS do is awesome though.

13th Jun 2007, 18:47

beth says:

i love the boots. do you think i'm allowed to make some if i don't do circus things?

13th Jun 2007, 20:41

Salome says:

Oh, man. That takes me back. Them were the days....

13th Jun 2007, 23:23

OJ says:

Great shot. I have no fire-eating past to reminisce about but am mighty impressed. Hope the rsi abates?

22nd Jun 2007, 09:44