Zippos Circus

Those blurry blue lights are four motorbikes riding at high speed around a small  globe, 10 feet away from the audience
Zippos is like non-league football or amateur boxing: Surprisingly entertaining, easy to park and featuring performers whose need to double as half-time ice cream sellers belies their extraordinary talent - making their displays all the more humbling.

Its star attractions include a genial Ukrainian strongman, a Cuban acrobat troop and four motorcylists who squeeze in to a metal sphere, 20 feet in diameter, and race upside down. Even the clowns made us laugh.

Note: At one point, a succession of men refused to let the clowns drag them in to the ring to serve as comic stooges. We are pleased to report that this pattern was broken by a dad we recognised from Myatt Garden, who stepped up and showed great comic timing of his own - Brockley always delivers.

Zippos is performing on Blackheath until Tuesday, April 9th. Recommended.

6 comments:

Bogarte said...

Do they still have the performing budgies?

Brockley Nick said...

They do!

terrencetrentderby said...

Yes but do they have a musical orangutan smoking cigars?

Gill said...

We know Nick's answer to this question.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6t7A_-9m44

Chris Wright said...

Thankfully, several circuses in the UK have now dispensed with the outdated, inhumane use of wild animals in their shows. I have not been to Zippos, so am unsure of their use of wild animals, though I am led to believe they no longer use them. It seems from the positive comments already made here, that their non-animal performances are more than entertaining in their own right, proving the many wildlife-exploiting circuses to be wrong in their claims that a ban on using wild animals would end their livelihood. Hats off to all circuses that follow the more enlightened path and focus on displaying the talents of people, not perpetuating the misery of wild animals. For those interested to know more about this issue (about which I feel passionately!), you should read this: http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/zoo-check/circuses-performing-animals/

Chris Wright said...

Thankfully not!

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