Grand Central to Become Big Top With Ringling Bros. Circus
February 21, 2012 7:22am | By Mary Johnson, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
As part of the one-ring circus in Grand Central Terminal on Feb. 28, 2012, the Shaolin Warriors will perform martial arts tricks and physics-defying feats of strength. (Feld Entertainment)
MANHATTAN Commuter dodging won’t be the only acrobatic feat performed at Grand Central this month for the first time ever, the Greatest Show on Earth is bringing its high-flying, three-ring magic to the rail hub.
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey will present a new circus called “Dragons” inside Vanderbilt Hall Tuesday, Feb. 28 that will be free and open to the public. Because of space constraints, the show is being dubbed a ‘one-ring’ circus, instead of the traditional three.
Performances will begin bright and early at 7:30 a.m., with Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson presiding over the festivities.
The Shaolin Warriors will perform physics-defying feats of strength and Kung Fu, twisting metal rods with their bare hands and breaking 6-foot-long wooden poles with the force of their own strength, organizers said.
They will even lift one another seven feet into the air, their bodies balanced on the tips of spears.
Clowns, a big-top standard, will bring their blend of parody and slapstick to Vanderbilt Hall, and funnymen wannabes will have a chance to vie for the role of a lifetime. Beginning at 11 a.m., the circus will host clown auditions for all those 18 years and older who have “an overactive funny bone and a heart the size of Texas!” a registration website for the auditions said.
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