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‘Cirque FLIP Fabrique — Blizzard’, At ‘Dartmouth’, Dec. 6, 2019 — Rewrote The Notion Of ‘Absolute Brilliance’!

by Anura Guruge


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Check out this video. It does show SOME of the
mind blowing trampoline act (towards the middle).


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I think you might have worked out from my title that I was impressed. Actually, I was beyond impressed. These 8 ‘kids’ (and they are YOUNG and there was only 8 that were on stage) redefined brilliance and I am not exaggerating or kidding. Wow. Wow. Wow.

Their talent, individually, collectively & synergistically is so awesome that it is humbling.

We go to a LOT of circuses — at least once a year, and we try to go to the BIG ones, whenever we can, like ‘Cirque du Soleil‘ and ‘Barnum & Bailey’. Just do a search on this blog. So, we have seen a lot of acts over the years. And these, by these 8, were UP there — way up there. And as you can see from the program (above) four of them have been with ‘du Soleil‘.

Their ‘vertical’ trampoline act is the BEST we have seen and we have seen it done by ‘du Soleil’, ‘Barnum & Bailey’ and others. The best, by far. They were brilliant.

The juggling. Out-of-this-world.

The magical piano player who did so much and was so integral to all the acts. Amazing. What it says in the program is TRUE. A generational talent! The whole piano ‘thing’ is very clever and cute. It is one of their props. It is no ordinary piano. It has a lot of electronics and an umbilical cord that is pretty hefty. I found this for you on YouTube. It gives you a glimpse of his talents but just a glimpse.


It is a proper circus. They do multiple, diverse acts and per circus lore even throw in a comedy, clown skit between the main acts. Very clever and very cute.

In addition to ‘brilliant’, ‘astounding’, ‘amazing’ a couple of other words that invariably come to mind are ‘cute’, ‘clever’, ‘ballet-like’.

There was only one disappointment — it was just 1-hour long! Halfway through I suspected that this would be the case. Nonetheless, it was kind of upsetting to be proved right. Given the amount of energy they expend they couldn’t, realistically, have stretched it out to 2-hours. But, they have to see how they can make that happen — with an intermission to break it up.

That said, HIGHLY, highly, highly recommended with no caveats. If you can catch them, do not forgo the opportunity. You will be amply rewarded.


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‘Cirque FLIP Fabrique — Blizzard’: We Got Tickets To See Them At The ‘HOP’, Dartmouth.

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We like circuses. I don’t think you can go to enough. This year, as I far as I can recall, we have only been to one — and that was the delightful ‘Circus Smirkus‘, in Wolfeboro, in August.

Then today, we got a postcard from the HOP (at Dartmouth) advertising this circus. We haven’t been to the HOP in a longtime and there used to be a time when we used to go to 4 – 6 shows a year! So, this was an opportunity to rectify things.

Checked them out on the Web. Canadian and we know that Canada is now the home of world class circuses — starting with Cirque du Soleil. Six years ago we saw another AMAZING Canadian circus — i.e., CIRQUE ALFONSE ‘Timber’ — at the HOP. That was good. So, we are hoping that this might follow in the footsteps.

Last year, at Christmas, we went to ‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’. That was OK but wasn’t worth writing home about. They are actually back in Manchester again this year but we decided to give them a miss. Then this came up.

We like Dartmouth, we like the HOP. So, this should be fun.

Of course I will keep you posted. SMILE.


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‘Circus Smirkus’, Wolfeboro, NH (August 12, 2019) — Just Absolutely REMARKABLE!

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It sure is entertaining, amusing and amazing,
but what really sets it apart gratifyingly
is that it is
uplifting, inspirational and morally rewarding.


In these disturbing times
Circus Smirkus
is a welcoming oasis
of hope, promise and fortitude.


Circus Smirkus
at its conclusion
brings tears to my eyes —
what these KIDS manage to achieve is so wonderful,
their parents must be so, so proud (deservedly).


This was the second time we have seen them. The first was exactly a year ago, to the day — also in Wolfeboro.

We were blown away last year and I vowed that I will be back — not just for the show, but also to show our support and gratitude.

It was good last year, and I thought it was even better this year, though on the way home we worked out that they did not have the tightrope walking in high heels which was world class.

All of this year’s acts, including the comedic interludes, were extremely well done. Bravo. Kudos.

It is easy to forget that these are just kids, school kids. Not professionals and, moreover, that they put this astounding show together in 18-days. 18-days!

I was in awe last year and I am in awe again this year.

Yes, I am a circus aficionado who has seen a lot of circuses including Barnum & Bailey (at least 9 times), Cirque du Soleil (at least 4 times), Big Apple (many, many times) & the famed Moscow Circus (in Moscow in the 1970s). In terms of raw entertainment Circus Smirkus is as good! In terms of ‘feel good’ vibes — it is better than all of them!

Yes, I am a fan, a BIG fan of ‘Smirkus’. A wonderful endeavor. Something we can all be proud of.

Thank YOU, Smirkus.


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MRI-Based Research Into How & Why Women’s Breasts Bounce As They Walk!

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from Nov. 23, 2018.

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As soon as I saw this in the U.K. “Daily Mail” (which I scan multiple times a day) I knew I would be remiss if I didn’t share it with you.

You have to hand it to us Brits. Not only did we invent the very meaningful ‘Standard British Handful’ (SBH) measurement for breasts, but we are also indefatigable when it comes to researching anything and everything related to the mammary glands.

When women are jogging or walking their breasts are said to perform a ‘Figure 8′ motion.breastmotionchart

Well this ‘Figure 8’ claims destroys one of my few worthwhile contributions to science and education!

Yes. Way back when I was 18 I came up with a memorable discovery that helped many get through the intricacies of college level physics. I claimed it was Simple Harmonic Motion‘ as I describe in this post.

Well this research my vindicate my assertions. I will try and keep you posted.


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‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’, A Christmas Circus Show, Will Be In Manchester, N.H. In December.

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Deanna saw this on the Web and brought it to my attention. Never heard of them. They are NOT, I repeat NOT, the circus act that performed at the “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) semi-finals 1-hour ‘results’ show, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. That was ‘A Magical Circus Christmas. They seem MUCH BETTER — but they are not coming to New Hampshire. These folks are.

About time we had a circus in Manchester. The last ‘Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus‘, which we attended, was in April 2017. This is good. I hope they are halfway decent. We deserve that.


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‘A Magical Circus Christmas’ Preview On AGT Had Us Hooked — Beyond Brilliant.

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Did YOU see it in this week’s “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) semi-finals 1-hour ‘results’ show, on Wednesday? They were NOT a part of AGT. They were an invited act to serve as a filler to stretch the show to 1-hour. To begin with, Teischan & I, both veterans and connoisseurs of circuses were a bit skeptical since we knew it was JUST a filler, i.e., padding, window-dressing. Then … Bang! Wallop! We were on the edge of our seats. They were GOOD. Actually quite brilliant. We both immediately compared them to what we had seen with ‘Cirque du Soleil’ & ‘Barnum & Bailey‘. We had seen similar at BOTH but these took them to new heights — quite literally!

They are going to be in Lynn, Massachusetts in December. I am going to try and get tickets. That would be fun for Christmas — of course, alongside our yearly ‘Revels’.


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‘Circus Smirkus’, Wolfeboro, NH (August 12, 2018) — More Pictures From This V. Good Show.

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I raved about ‘Circus Smirkus’ performance in Wolfeboro yesterday. So, I am not going to say much here because there really isn’t more I can say than: “please, go and see for yourself. You will be impressed & amazed“. This post is to share MORE pictures. However, the more I think about it and the more time I spend going back over the pictures the more impressed I am. It was quite the show — done entirely by kids. Not wizened professionals, kids who were going to school, full-time just a couple of months ago. I am sold.


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‘Circus Smirkus’, Wolfeboro, NH (August 12, 2018) — IMPRESSIVE, Worth Seeing!

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This was not our accustomed Barnum & BaileyGreatest Show On Earth“, but it was a show and it was impressive and in the end humbling.

The tightrope in high heels was world class! Folks familiar with this blog know that we go to a LOT of circuses and have been doing it for years (and in my case most of my life). I have never seen this and that alone was worth going. Second big picture at the top. ENLARGE and look at it. That was special.

It was NOT bad at all. Actually, very impressive.

ALL KIDS ages 10 to 18. That alone makes it special. Then, right at the end the Ringmaster (who was very good) shared a nugget of information that blew us all away. The kids ONLY had 18-days, yes, 18-days, to put this whole repertoire together. That is mind-blowing. You know that circus acts work for years to get it all together. These kids pulled this off, with aplomb & panache, in 18-days. WOW. Bravo. They, of course, got a standing ovation.

Not what we are used to as veteran, annual attendees of Barnum & Bailey, but by the end we were enjoying this as much.

Yes, of course, I recommend it. Tad pricey for families. Cost nearly as much as I used to pay to see Barnum & Bailey in Manchester (but much of that is because I knew where the outstanding cheap seats were after we had been to the first few shows).

I took a LOT of pictures. It is too late to try and post them all tonight. I will work on them in the days to come.

P.S., They are in Wolfeboro, on Monday, August 13, 2018 too; 1 & 6pm. So try and catch it if you can.


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‘The Greatest Showman’ 2017 Movie: Great Entertainment, But Factually Bunkum.

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The official trailer on YouTube.


A 70% full theater, at a Thursday afternoon 4:30pm matinee, at the “Regal 10” in Concord, burst into appreciative applause when the end credits came on. People liked it and it was easy to do so. P.T. Barnum would have been happy, he made a lot of people, including quite a few kids, v. happy — after Christmas on a bitterly cold day.

Great yarn, superbly told — and again P.T. would have been happy.

You can watch it (like most good movies) at different levels. It does address some social issues and it was interesting to see folks protesting his circus 120-years ago — given the protest endured by the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, which eventually resulted in them literally folding their tent, sadly, this year. Ironic that this movie came out this year — 7-months after the last performance of his namesake circus (and we did attend one of the very last shows, having been annual fans for nearly 10-years).

Prior to this movie I did NOT know much about P.T. Barnum other than his fame as a showman, creator of a circus and some of the famous saying attributed to him, in particular: “there is a sucker born every minute“. So, I had assumed, per the billings, that this was meant to be autobiographical.

Early on I started to get uneasy. Some stuff did NOT gel. There was an implication that the word ‘circus’ was not common currency c. 1835. That bothered me since I knew that the Romans, of antiquity, had their circus. Then there was this Carlyle character that became his partner. Well have YOU heard of a circus called “Barnum & Carlyle“? Of course you have NOT because there never was one. It was “Barnum & Bailey“. There is NO mention of Bailey in the movie.

So, when I got home I did a quick butchers of Wikipedia. Oh, dear! The movie is nowhere CLOSE to accurate. SHAME. P.T. was even more of an intriguing character than the one portrayed. That is a shame.

So, while I enjoyed the movie I now feel ‘cheated’ — BUT Barnum would approve. C’est la vie.

Definitely worth watching. But keep in mind it is NOT a true story — one that borrows SOME elements from reality.


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