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Friday, August 3, 2012

Flying Tiger Circus -- Amazing Acrobatics with a Dash of Masochism

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM

click to enlarge Acrobat Chloe Marvel Light Axelrod - SCOTT GOLUB
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  • Acrobat Chloe Marvel Light Axelrod

Tattoo and body piercing shop Body Manipulations recently turned 23. It's celebrating, naturally, with a night of acrobatic feats, Russian trapeze, body suspensions, contortion, and an exceptionally high pain tolerance.

How does a piercing shop run off and join the circus, you might ask? "I had been training at the circus center in Chinese acrobatics and teeterboard on my days off from work," said Director Paul Stoll. "Discovered very quickly that the physical challenges in circus arts were even greater than those faced in piercing or suspension."

Faint-hearted folks, take note. This aint your average acrobatic show. Flying Tiger Circus, a once-a-year ordeal happening August 5, has been known to incorporate flesh hook trapeze, hot metal, straight razors, nails, rope, and skewered biceps, along with the more benign (but no less impressive) aerialist and handbalancer acts. Stoll promises, however, that the show is more art than gore. "It has to be something pretty and amazing to watch." Performers include Manasaurus Rex, Iron Monkey & Snow Ape, and the dizzyingly dazzling Chloe Marvel Light Axelrod, with a special appearance by pancake juggler Scot Nery.

Watch this (flesh hook-free!) video clip to see Axelrod in action:

Flying Tiger Circus starts Sunday, August 5 at 9 p.m. at DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $20.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook. Follow Anna Pulley at @annapulley.
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