|The singing ringmaster Ted McRae|
|Host Jon Weiss balancing a |
|Now balancing a steel barrier|
The gala was attended by members of media and children of several chosen foundations. The circus was to be officially open to the public on Christmas day (Dec. 25) and will run up to Jan. 1, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
|Matti the Clown and Jon Weiss doing a comedy skit|
Plus, it’s 100% animal-free as Circus Vargas is one of a few animal-free circuses performing today. Circus Vargas, brings back the old-school circus entertainment you expect to enjoy (tightrope walking, gravity-defying flights, clowns, acrobats, etc.) but with a modern, retro twist bursting with mystery, magic, music and more. Plus, it’s 100% animal-free as Circus Vargas is one of a few animal-free circuses performing today.
|Aerial straps act of Victor |
He was followed on stage by the talented American singing ringmaster Ted McRae who sang original scores composed exclusively for Magikaria. Throughout the show, Ted would use his distinguished and melodious voice to guide the audience through their Magikaria experience.
The magic really started with the entry of the handsome, young and charismatic illusionist Patrick Cable whose mesmerizing charm and mystifying, extraordinary, unexplainable and elaborate illusions impressed, astounded and enchanted the crowd.
|Michael Ferreri juggling pins...|
|.... then the rings|
He also started the performers’ interaction with the audience as he selected a volunteer to be part of his popcorn tossing comedy act, surprising him when he tossed the contents of a whole box of popcorn on his face. All in the spirit of good, clean fun. Throughout the show, this was to be repeated with the other acts, giving the audience the chance to go on stage and try out what these professionals are doing, whether it be balancing, juggling, acting or just being funny.
|Master Gaucho showing his skill |
with the boleadoras
Then there’s Elena the hula hoop master and the flexible American Hayley Kent who did some amazing hand balancing, while doing the ancient art of Mongolian contortion, truly a provocative display of strength and agility. Hayley also partnered with the internationally acclaimed Argentinian Hilario Cabral (known as the “Master Gaucho”) in a Latin dance combining traditional bombos (Gaucho drums) and precise Gaucho taps. They also showed their expertise with the boleadora (an ancient Argentine weapon).
|The Fausto Scorpions|
The flexible and fearless Kenya Brothers, consisting of Hamisi, Marumbi, Paris and Shee, captivated us with their daredevil act of doing limbo dancing under a flaming, gradually lowered horizontal limbo bar. Understandably, there was no audience participation here. Their act was highlighted by a mixture of tumbling and authentic African dance.
|... displaying feats of strength|
I wouldn’t want to give too much away so I suggest you get your tickets to this first and probably once-in-a-lifetime circus and magic show interwoven with a story line.
Tickets are available at SM Tickets, SM Cinema, and Snack Time outlets. Ticket prices are PhP1,990 for VIP, PhP1,790 for ringside, PhP1,290 for platinum, PhP990 for gold and PhP590 for silver. Special discounts for those using BDO credit cards, SM Advantage and Prestige cards. For information, call 519-8984, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.circusvargas.com.
SMX Convention Center: Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Tel: (632) 556 8888.