Thrilling performers at Royal Canadian Circus

Catapulting acrobats. Fire and sword juggling. Motorcycle tricks performed on a high-rise wire.

Catapulting acrobats. Fire and sword juggling. Motorcycle tricks performed on a high-rise wire.

It’s all under the big tent at Westerner Park this weekend.

The Royal Canadian Circus unleashed its weekend show on Friday evening in Red Deer with a special daredevil act featuring the internationally known performer Karl Winn from Germany on the Wheel of Death.

Joseph Bauer, the ringmaster, said this show offers a few new features in celebration of the Chinese Year of the Horse.

“We have three horse acts, all different, including a real original act that dates back to the first circus where these performers ride bareback and perform somersaults and flips,” Bauer said.

“It’s very majestic.”

Other additions have been made to the show due to the absence of the elephants and tigers, which are still held up at the border in Idaho because of permitting.

New to the tour is the award-winning Dragomir Troupe, seven Romanian acrobats who perform the high flying teeterboard act as well as the perch pole act.

“It’s their first time in Red Deer and they’re amazing,” said Bauer, an eight generation circus performer who also performs with Cirque du Soleil.

The group hopes to have a full house, anywhere between 1,500 to 2,000 people for each show.

General admission is $30.

Performances run today at noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m.

For tickets, go to www.royalcanadiancircus.ca.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Red Deer Food Bank and Kids up Front for their associated charities.