Britain’s Got Talent – Tramp act

A throwback to the comedy trampoline acts of old. :-)

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As you probably guessed, Vladimir Georgievsky has been performing since age-11 and was a Moscow State Circus star.

He did move on to the next round.

Thanks Aidan.

Cirque’s Kurios – a review

Kurios is a Cirque du Soleil touring production which premiered on April 24, 2014 … looks at a late-19th century world inventor who invents a machine that defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him with steampunk elements …

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It’s charmingly low tech. Retro-futuristic.

I was won over by the first act featuring juggling and percussion. Yes juggling! What a terrific act.

The drums were great too. As a big fan of the Swiss Top Secret Drum Corp (VIDEO), I’ve always wanted Cirque to use more drummers.

Russian Cradle Duo. Aerial Bike. Excellent simple acts with no computerized lighting wizardry.

The mandatory Contortion act is entertaining. But when they started stacking chairs, I was ready to protest. Old school circus is a refreshing throw back, but I’d seen Chinese troupes perfect this act decades ago. Shockingly, that turned out to be the favourite act of one of my non-gymnast friends. It’s a brilliant twist.

The most difficult act is Rola Bola. It looks impossible to me. You have to see it to believe it.

I was happy this show has no “clowns”. The one so-called Clown Act was hilarious. A brilliant bit of physical comedy that reminded me of the best of Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman.

The Hands Puppetry act is fascinating and edgy, as well.

Banquine. Brilliant. These Bases are as good as any I’ve seen.

But the favourite act of the gymnast I was with was Acro Net. Rather than yet another variation of Tramp wall, this show has a gigantic trampoline. Hugely difficult skills done with the assistance of double bounce. Acro Net has tons of future possibilities.

Personally I could live without Invisible Circus and Yo-Yo. But this show has very few dull moments compared to most.

Kurios is a brave and interesting experiment, especially for those who’ve seen a lot of shows.

It travels next to Denver, Chicago, Costa Mesa CA and Los Angeles.

Kurios on Facebook.

related – interview with writer and director Michel Laprise (VIDEO)

we need MORE GYMNASTS at the Olympics

Around 10,700 athletes competed at the London Olympics. (5,992 men, 4,776 women)

There were 26 sports.

That’s an average of about 411 / sport.

London medals

Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics are allocated 312 spots by IOC. (98 MAG, 98 WAG, 84 Rhythmic and 32 spots for Trampoline)

One thing EVERYONE agrees on is that Gymnastics gets too few spots considering FIG’s IOC status.

Only Athletics is ranked higher. Gymnastics and Swimming are second ahead of Basketball, Cycling, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball.

Inside the Games – Swimming and gymnastics vault ahead as rate of increase slows in IOC revenue distributions to summer sports

Gymnastics TV ratings are amongst the highest at the Summer Olympics. We have some GREAT stories.


FIG must continue to petition IOC to add athletes. If it was up to me, I’d move some of the Summer Games sports to the Winter Olympics to make more space. In fact, I wouldn’t mind Gymnastics being moved to the Winter Olympics in exchange for adding another hundred athletes.

related – FIG – Q and A on the new Olympic qualification system in Gymnastics

David Letterman – Velcro suit tramp jump

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American Paediatricians on trampoline

The American Academy of Pediatrics … released a policy statement, “Trampoline safety in childhood and adolescence.”

Although the piece focused mostly on the dangers of backyard trampolines, the paper separated backyard/recreational trampolines and activities from trampolines used in structured training programs.

The statement’s conclusion stated, “Paediatricians should only endorse use of trampolines as part of a structured training program with appropriate coaching, supervision and safety measures in place.” …



Thanks Brett.

official FIG statement – Olympics 2020

FIG via email:

The Council also approved with an overwhelming majority the principles of the new qualification system and competition calendar for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Under the approved system, the number of gymnasts in the team competition will be reduced from five gymnasts to four, opening up 24 extra spaces for male and female gymnasts at the Olympic Games.

Up to two gymnasts from countries already qualified for the team competition would be eligible to compete as All-arounders or on their specialities based on a qualification system that includes results from the Continental Championships, World Cup and World Challenge Cups.

So. The additional gymnasts can compete AA or be specialists.


Triple Twist – 2020 Olympic Team Size Reduction: Our Thoughts

WOGYMNASTIKA – How The New FIG Rule Would Have Completely Changed The Results, Had It Been Issued In The Last Three Olympic Cycles

Gymternet – Playing Devil’s Advocate

Gymnastics Coaching – reducing Olympic Team size?

USA Gymnastic’s Steve Penny made a statement, but it was later deleted.

excellent Gymnastics cinematography

I’ve linked to this before. But it’s worth watching again. Some of the most creative video effects ever.

Elisabeth Seitz, Marcel Nguyen, Jana Berezko-Marggrander, Andreas Bretscheider und Lara Hüninhake

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

via FIG