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Universoul Circus dazzles audiences at Aviatior

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Flying high: Acrobats perform the “Trinity” at the show.
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Animal act: Zebras run in circles around the audience.
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How low can you go?: A performer shows off her skills in the The Color Me Caribbean show.
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What a show: The audience smiles and cheers.
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Standing tall: Performers wear shirts that say “I can’t breathe” while they place their hands at their sides.

What a show!

The Universoul Circus is brightening up Aviator Sports and Events Center with vibrantly colorful performances that run for nearly three weeks this month.

The show features exotic animals, aerodynamic acrobats, and surreal stunts. One parent who attended the show last weekend with her son said the special effects are so realistic, she still is trying to figure out how a tiger transformed into a woman.

“I’m still bugging out on the part,” said Brenda Powell-Tobias, who lives in Queens and attended the event with her son, Jayden Tobias.

The Universoul Circus has been performing since 1994 and it has presented more than 10,000 performances to more than 19 million people around the world. But the show wasn’t just stunts. One parent said the most moving part of the performance was the touching tribute for Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died when police placed him a chokehold.

“It was powerful,” said Powell-Tobias.

The performers — donning T-shirts that said, “I can’t breathe” — laid down on the floor, simulating his death. She said her tyke, like many kids, was too young to grasp the meaning, but she said the parents understood the message.

But Powell-Tobias said her son did enjoy the show — especially the motorcycle stunts — and now, his mind is spinning like their wheels.

“He wants a motorcycle,” she said.

Universoul Circus [3159 Flatbush Ave. off the Shore Parkway, (800) 316–7439, www.aviatorsports.com]. Runs through April 26. Tickets start at $20. Babies under 12 months old are free.

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Elizabeth from Prospect Heights says:
Animals, exotic or otherwise, do not belong in circuses or anywhere, performing for entertainment. Animals are sentient beings, like you and I. People have no conception of how they are treated, just as commodities, and there is no compassion for them. Please write an article about that. I guess you haven't heard about a little thing like the documentary "Blackfish," or all the outrage and protestations against circuses and zoos. I like this paper less and less, the more I read its daily articles.
April 17, 2015, 2:01 pm

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