ROLL UP, roll up, as a display of spectacular circus tricks and extraordinary gymnastics kicked off this year’s Showzam.
Families crowded into The Tower Circus to watch a dazzling celebration of thrills and spills with clowns, gymnasts and a dash of audience participation.
For the next few weeks, Blackpool will be transformed into a world of wonderfully original entertainment and pazzaz as the fourth Showzam festival hits the town.
The hub of the action will take place in Showzam Central, based in The Winter Garden’s historic Olympia.
But Saturday was all about The Tower as Mooky and Mr Boo’s International Circus Carnival gave spectators a taste of things to come.
Laci Endresz senior, producer and director of the Tower Circus, said the carnival was bigger and better than ever this year.
He said: “It’s absolutely fabulous this year, really better than ever. Whatever the act, it is the best in the business.
“People love coming here, they love to see the shows and we love having them. It will be a great year, I’m sure.”
Mooky said: “It has been really hard work.
“We haven’t even had a proper run through. We had what we call our ‘stress rehearsal’ just an hour before the audience came in!
“But I’m working with professionals from all over the world, Romania, Portugal, Belgium, France, Russia, Ukraine – everyone I met while I was travelling around.”
Laci believes the audience will love his show which he describes as ‘amazing’.
He said: “The show is brand new, it’s taken a lot of rigging, if you get one wire wrong, the whole thing can go wrong.
“This year we have an act which involves a big American wheel.
“It was so big we had to move some of the overhead lighting because our guy Simet Lanzo kept hitting his head.”
Backing up the performers during the Circus Carnival are girls from the Langley Dance Centre in Blackpool.
Franchesca Galloway, 15, said although the rehearsals have been hard work, she has loved being involved in the show.
She said: “It’s so exciting. We have been wearing proper showgirl costumes and dancing around water and with props.
“It has definitely spurred me on to do dance professionally, but I think I will steer clear of the flying trapezes.”
n For a full itinerary of events during Showzam visit www.Showzam.co.uk