Cole Bros. Big Top thrills

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Beneath Cole Brothers Circus’s yellow and tomato-red Big Top — a magical world where people soar to lofty heights, tame savage beasts and propel mom, dad and the kids to the edge of their seats — a dynamic roster of acts delivered just what the audience yearned for: heart-pounding thrills by performing titans from the kingdoms of man and beast.

There were Guatemala’s Flying Ponces, Marvel of Ages horsewoman the Incredible Lana from Kazakhstan (land of Borat), plus spectacular performing animals who moved the audience to gasps and giggles —- from dromedaries and llamas to horses and zebras.

There was also a dog and pony show (no, really!), featuring, paw-some dogs and ponies, aptly titled, the Big Top Barkers.

Later, daredevil drivers moved the audience to a hush with a free-style, topsy-turvy motor show, while thunderous trio Anthony, Eric and Wendy braved the splitting Globe of Death, and Super Kellan the Human Cannonball spat like a bat outta hell from the World’s Largest Cannon.

For D’Amico, though, the star of the show Val, the four-year-old pachyderm, who pranced alongside his trainer’s three-year-old daughter, Halley Frisco. Pretty in pink, the pair skipped around the ring, drawing cheers from the smitten crowd.

“She alone was worth the price of admission,” he said.

The Cole Brothers Circus will be performing at Floyd Bennett Field, at Aviation Road and Flatbush Avenue, through Aug. 1. For more information visit or call (718) 758-7500.

-— Shavana Abruzzo

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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