Roll up Roll up! The Circus is in Town!

Zippos Big Top reaches Glasgow to celebrate Ringmasters 21st Anniversary Tour

Globes of Death? Tumbles of Terror? You can see all at Queen’s Park this weekend because Zippos Circus is in town.

It’s not all scary, of course – it’s magic and wonderful and everything in between.

Celebrating Ringmaster Norman Barrett MBE’s 21st anniversary tour, Zippos Circus will be making a stop at Queen’s Park Rec. Ground on Langside Road with the World’s Greatest Ringmaster.

Norman currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest serving Ringmaster. One can see why: Zippos is teeming with the mind-boggling and fantastic.

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Whether it’s the Brazillian Luicius Team of five motorcyclists in the famous Globe of Death or Paulo Dos Santos, the 3”6-inch-tall showman, acrobat and martial artist – Zippos never fails to take your breath away.

Since its conception in 1986, Zippos has expanded massively from its original cast of four clowns, two jugglers and a pianist.

It is now a family favourite, scooping up several awards at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo and even pitching their Big Top in Buckingham Palace’s gardens for Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee.

Until June 16, Zipposs will showcase the best of his talent in the ring from contortionists, aerialists and comics to fire-breathers, knife-throwers and those that defy gravity.

And at its centre is Ringmaster Norman, known as the gentleman of the circus. I asked Norman, ‘Do you still love it?’

“How could I not” was his reply. “I have been so lucky to have had this life I’ve had.

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"We are a family here. Everyone is as important as the next – from the artistes, to the men who put up the tent, to those who sell the popcorn.”

“As I always say, you’re never too old, never too young, never too cool to go to the circus!”