Death defying stunts, fantastic acrobatics skills and, of course, Nicolino the clown are at Uncle Sam’s American Circus, off Gate Lane, Monkspath until Sunday (April 22).
Ringmaster Matthew Wingate, who comes from generations of circus owners, said: “We have some of the best acts from all over the world. The circus returns with brand new exciting acts every year though we keep a few of the public’s favourites. They love the daredevil acts. It’s a fantastic entertaining show for everyone from 2 to 92.”
This year’s spectacular family circus features Europe’s only female Thunderball Rider in a breathtaking show of motorcycle riding and bravery, whizzing around the giant metal ball at breakneck speeds of up to 60mph.
Solo trapeze artist Rosie Valdemar will be swinging through the air at 40ft up as well as performing with her son Mario, the circus juggler, on the giant spinning wheel of death.
Mario, aged 19, from Bulgaria, has been performing with circuses since he was nine-years-old and spends at least two hours a day practicing his act.
The American Circus also boasts acrobatic troupes Andre and Serek, the graceful Miss Kremena’s hand balancing act, a live band and the biggest fleet of classic American trucks outside the US.
“It’s like a village on wheels,” said Matthew.
“We can disappear and reappear in a new town overnight. It can be a hard job, when you’re up to your knees in mud at 4.30am you ask yourself why you’re doing it but I wouldn’t give it up in a million years.”
For more information, visit ww.americancircus.co.uk.