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Wheel of Death, Harley Davidsons and foot juggling to feature in new circus opening in Bideford

By NDJJoe  |  Posted: September 27, 2016


A Harley Davidson provides the backdrop for a "mesmerising" foot-juggling act.

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A WHEEL of death, Harley Davidson motorcycles and the UK's youngest performing juggler all feature in a circus set to open for the first time in Bideford tomorrow night.

Circus Funtasia was set up four years ago and is visiting Devon for the first time.

The acts will include a Wheel of Death, a spinning wheel which rotates with two performers inside.

"When we set up Circus Funtasia in 2013 we knew we wanted it to be special," explained Tracy Jones, founder and ring mistress.

"It's an all-human show, so we don't use any animals, we just focus on the incredible energy that our fantastic artists bring,"

A Harley Davidson provides the backdrop for a "mesmerising" foot-juggling act.

Visitors will also encounter gravity-defying acrobatic duo Stefanelli, and two aerial artists suspended in the air on straps and silks.

A traditional Argentinian hunting weapon, known as a Bolas, is also reinvented as a flaming percussion instrument.

Throughout the show there are comedy performances from the resident clown Emilion, and the big finale features three motorcycle riders in the terrifying Globe of Death.

The show also features the UK's youngest performing juggler, Nia Nikolova Jones.

At just 13-years-old Nia's fast and furious juggling act will be sure to impress.

"I started juggling when I was seven years old, but I've been performing since I was five," said Nia.

"My first act was a trampolining act with my dad, who's also an acrobat.

"I love being in the circus because we're like one big family who look out for each other."

Circus traditions are not ignored either, there will be popcorn, candy floss, face painting, hot food and a bar.

It's definitely been a pleasant stay for the circus performers.

"We've had nothing but warm welcomes from everyone here in Bideford," revealed the clown Emilion.

"We're so excited to bring the show here for the first time."

Opening night is Wednesday, September 28, with two shows daily until Sunday, October 2.

Visit www.circusfuntasia.co.uk or call 07706168507 for more details and to book.

The two hour show is split into two halves with a short interval.

Tickets cost £10 for children and £12 for adults, but look out for discount vouchers in local shops.

Children under two go free and on opening night all seats cost £7.

After Bideford the circus will move onto to Bude.

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