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

by Anura Guruge

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

by Anura Guruge

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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.

by Anura Guruge

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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Picked Up My Nikon P900 From BestBuy, Concord, NH, On Sunday — Quite Easy.

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On our way to the 5pm performance of ‘Cirque du Soleil’ “OVO”, Verizon Arena, Manchester, on Sunday, we swung by BestBuy, Concord, and picked up the Nikon P900 I had ordered by phone (with the store) yesterday.

They were not busy and there were no lines at ‘Customer Service’. Took them a few minutes to find the box but it was very smooth. There is NOTHING sealed in the box! That really upsets me. But it looks all brand new. I am charging it right. Though I got 4 spare ’01’ batteries for it, I want to start off using the Nikon supplied battery and also charge the internal clock battery. I am not in a hurry. Tomorrow will do for the first shots.

Quite a hefty camera. But it fits in my hand well. Like the weight. So far so good.

I like BestBuy — especially the Concord store. I worked there for a few months, as an Epson ‘brand ambassador’ a few years ago and loved it. Great people. But only saw two people from my time there. Buying electronics from BestBuy could be an option (despite my status as an Amazon shareholder).

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‘Cirque du Soleil’ “OVO”, Verizon Arena, Manchester, August 28, 2016 — Beyond Incredible.

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Click to access ‘Cirque du Soleil’ multimedia extravaganza for this show.

This was the 4th ‘Cirque du Soleil‘ we have seen (on stage). The others having been ‘Mystere‘ (in Vegas in 2012), ‘Dralion‘ also in 2012 in Manchester, and ‘Varekai‘ in 2014, again in Manchester. We like ‘Cirque du Soleil’ shows (despite the costs) — they are quite the experience.

‘Ovo’ had 5 BEYOND incredible, only possible with ‘Cirque du Soleil’, acts.

They were the: synchronized juggling by the ‘Amazing Ants’, trapeze without the swings, tightrope HAND WALKING, the mindbogglingly CUTE ‘slinky’ and a mesmerizing Diabolo Chinese spinning-top Yo-Yo juggling routine. These were, as they were probably meant to be, WORLD CLASS.


Most INCREDIBLE circus act I have EVER SEEN and I am a veteran of 70 or 80 circuses, including the “Moscow Circus” in Moscow. I would pay $100 to just see this!


So, so clever. The ‘creatura’ SLINKY. You have to see it.


Doing trapeze without swings is something else. Very dramatic.


Tightrope walking is one thing, but walking on your hands on a tightrope is a whole different matter. This was an amazing display of strength, agility and skill.

The synchronized juggling made the recent synchronized swimming at the Rio Olympics look childish!

These 5 acts just took the show over the top.

There were other great acts too — like the now copied by others — walking the vertical wall act.

The acrobatics, as ever, were in a class of their own and the music, again, as ever, was superb. Yes, we bought the CD (and the Program (as we invariably do). They don’t sell DVDs.

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.


Also incredible that the arena, at best, was only 1/2 full. Yes, we went to what is always the least attended of the shows. That is why we go. Easier to get good tickets and we had outstanding seats. Basically the same ones we get each year to see “Barnum and Bailey” — but these costs 4.5x times more! But am not complaining. And neither was Deanna who often complains that I pay too much for tickets. She loved the show. But I think ‘Cirque du Soleil’ is too expensive and too ‘fancy’ for the New Hampshire crowd. Just worry that they will stop coming to Manchester. That would be a shame.

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