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September 6, 2005 > Circus Chimera

Circus Chimera

by John Fisher

Experience the "ah" factor at Circus Chimera. You deserve to see it. Treat yourself to a two hour delight, a non-fattening, calorie free extravaganza!

Circus Chimera, billed as America's Finest circus spectacular with their 2005 MAGIMYSTICAL showing is sponsored by the League of Volunteers - LOV.

Rickett's Circus of 1793 is credited as the first circus in America. There is a Circus Hall of Fame, a Circus World Museum and a Circus Historical Society. Circus Chimera is not your father's circus.

Circus Chimera equates to fun. Professional performers you can almost touch. Every seat under the Big Top is up close and personal. This is not virtual entertainment. Circus Chimera combines art, theater and dare-devilry into a tumbling, twirling, spinning, acrobatic, magical fantasy.

Hold your breath in disbelief as Exaterina, a Russian contortionist, bends and twists, body and limbs in shapes that even Gumby says, "no way!" Will a lump come in your throat when motorcycles race around the Globe of Death? Will the hair on the back of your head tingle as the Russian Swing, the Wheel of Destiny spins over your head? Maybe.

Hyperbole is at its best with Guennadi Tregoub, world famous clown from the Moscow circus. Meet Alex Chimal, world champion speed juggler from Mexico - the juggler with eyes in the back of his head.

I asked Ed Nordmeyer at, a juggling supply company, if he had ever heard of Alex Chimal. This is part of his reply:

"When we got into the main tent and were shown to our seats, I realized I shouldn't have worried about seating. This circus is geared towards a smaller audience than the 'mega circuses' I've attended, and there wasn't a bad seat in the tent...the payoff for being in the front was that one of my daughters, Summer, was picked to be a part of the show, and was the center of attention for a bit. The clowns were funny, the 'motorcycle cage of death', loud and thrilling, the acrobats athletic and brave, and most importantly, the crew all looked like they were happy to be there."

"Getting to the part that I wanted to see; juggling, juggling and more juggling. Alex Chimal is gifted with his art, and my favorite aspect of the whole show was his five clubs routine...these clubs were flying with a manic speed to them in some of the fastest and lowest double flips I've ever seen. To make it even more of a treat for me I got to see not only a world class juggler, but a whole handful of them. I saw a juggling routine turned into a laugh out loud act as Gennadi Tregoub artfully threw and caught balls all around his body. I clapped and cheered with the rest of the audience as knives and torches were successfully juggled and passed, and had to strongly remind my young sons to never throw burning things at each other at home - or each other at their grandparent's house. I doubt they heard me; they were too busy enjoying the show."

Remember 'the daring young men on the flying trapeze, that fly through the air with the greatest of ease?" This isn't them. They are the Maltese family, Death Defying Flying Trapeze artists.

There are no elephants, lions or large animals. Oh, did I mention the magicians from Las Vegas? Or the costumes? Outside the Big Top there is a souvenir stand, confection booth, cotton candy, snow cones, a slide, a pony ride: all the things you expect at a circus.

Shirley Sisk from the League of Volunteers - LOV said, "They wear costumes like Circus du Soleil, but it costs less, and the parking is free." Much less.

If it's only half as good as it sounds, it's worth twice the price. $10 at the door; $7 advance ticket price. Tickets are valid at any showing.

Tickets may be purchased at:

The Book End,
5678 Thornton Ave.
in the Newark Square Shopping Center.

the LOV Community Service Center
35233-C Newark Blvd, Newark

Also on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 5 PM the League of Volunteers will be selling special discount tickets in the first floor Target court at Newpark Mall.

On line tickets at:
Circus information:
Information 510-793-5683

You have a choice of 22 show times between Newpark Mall, Newark and Southland Mall, Hayward.

Friday, Sept. 16 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept. 17 - 1:30 - 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sept. 18 -1:30 - 4:30 - 7:30 PM


Monday, Sept. 19 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 20 - 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 21 - 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Friday, Sept. 23 - 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept. 24 - 1:30 - 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sept. 25 -1:30 - 4:30 - 7:30 PM

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