Circus Flora – St. Louis, Missouri

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When I grew up in St. Louis the arch wasn’t there and Stan ‘The Man’ Musial played for the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis didn’t have it’s own circus either. NOW IT DOES! .

 CIRCUS FLORA

Circus Flora tent anchored in St. Louis.

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“…the world’s best circus…thrills and chills for just a few dollar bills.” Riverfront Times

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Here are some photographic highlights from the show.

Ivor David Balding

Ivor David Balding, Artisitic Director and Producer opens the show with a “Welcome”.

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Helena Reynolds appears in a magical opening moment sitting on the moon.Helena Reynolds appears in a magical opening moment hanging on the moon.

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Circus Flora ensemble company.The Circus Flora Wizard ensemble including (left to right) Kellin Quinn, Andrew Adams,  Rob Torres, Johnny Peers and Hovey Burgess.

Guest clown Rob Torres starts the show as the first act.Guest clown Rob Torres starts the show as the first act.

Rob Torres tries to tie his neck tie using instructions written in his notebook.Rob Torres tries to tie his neck tie using instructions written in his notebook.

Rob Torres takes a curtain call.Rob Torres takes a curtain call.

Johnny Peers performs with one of his wonderful dogs jumping thru a hoop for him.Johnny Peers performs with one of his wonderful ‘Muttville comix’ dogs jumping thru a hoop for him.

Johnny Peers is a very funny man and has a company of great dogs to keep him company.Johnny Peers is a very funny man and has a company of great dogs to keep him company.

Johnny Peers two dogs walk on the thinnest of cable while he watches on.Johnny Peers two dogs walk on the thinnest of cable while he watches on.

St. Louis Arches acrobatic company show off their talent.Circus Harmony‘s St. Louis Arches acrobatic company show off their talent.

St. Louis Arches member jumps thru a hoop during one of their feats of amazement.Circus Harmony’s St. Louis Arches member jumps thru a hoop during one of their feats of amazement.

St. Louis Arches finish off their act at Circus Flora.Circus Harmony’s St. Louis Arches finish off their act at Circus Flora.

Cecil McKinnon instructs the audience to look at the entrance for the next act to appear.Cecil McKinnon instructs the audience to look at the entrance for the next act to appear.

Lisa Dufresne's grand entrance on her  horse.Lisa Dufresne’s grand entrance on her beautiful horse.

Duo Aredo was Andrew Adams and Helena Reynolds.Duo Aredo was Andrew Adams and Helena Reynolds.

Duo Ardeo perform amazing physical feats.Duo Ardeo perform amazing physical feats.

Johnny Peers prepares the mathematical question for his dog to answer by selecting the right number card.Johnny Peers prepares the mathematical question for his dog to answer by selecting the right number card.

Kellin Quinn juggles with metaphysical skill during his wonderful act.Kellin Quinn juggles with metaphysical skill during his wonderful act.

Killin Quinn juggles 5 clubs.Kellin Quinn juggles5 clubs to finish off his act.

Carlos Svenson's Goats was  an amazing act with fun and skill.Carlos Svenson’s Goats was  an amazing act with fun and skill.

Circus Flora's dramaturg and performer/juggler Hovey Burgess parades past my camera.Circus Flora’s dramaturg and performer/juggler Hovey Burgess parades past my camera.

Jessica Hentoff and Cecil Mackinnon juggling in  the circus group club juggling.Jessica Hentoff and Cecil Mackinnon juggling in the circus group club juggling.

Tino Wallenda does a head stand on the wire during their act.Tino Wallenda does a head stand on the wire during the FLYING WALLENDA act.

Cecil Mackinnon looks up the aerial mastery of The Flying Wallendas.Cecil Mackinnon looks up at the aerial mastery of The Flying Wallendas.

The Flying Wallendas perform their famous pyramid high wire crossing.The Flying Wallendas perform their famous pyramid high wire crossing.

Also in the show were The Flying Pages. A wonderful trapeze act that I wasn’t able to document well.

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Some fun backstage shots!

2013.06.14_CircusFlora_032Waiting behind the tent for the show to start. Hovey Burgess, Cecil Mackinnon and Rob Torres.

Rob Torres and Carlos Svenson peek out from the tent.Rob Torres and Carlos Svenson peek out from the tent.

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