Buskers Rendezvous 2017 wraps up with a bang

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON – From tip-toeing on the tiny tops of empty bottles, to juggling knives while balancing a sledge hammer and a full glass of water, to a one of kind night time fire show — the 29th annual Buskers Rendezvous had it all.
A returning favourite is Mighty Mike. His show is a modern spin on what he calls the ‘lost art’ of strongman feats — more commonly seen back in the 1920’s.
Mighty Mike/From Toronto: “Like bending horse shoe’s — ripping cards in half, whole packs of cards in half, juggling bowling bars and a sledge hammer.”
A sledge hammer was also used at Saturday night’s fire show — when he juggled it AND fire simultaneously.
Another fire show favourite was when one of the members of ‘The Flying Tortillas’ jumped over a long lineup of crouching people — something he practices with objects first.
Andrew Hoskins/The Flying Tortillas, From California: “You start with one trash can and add another one and another one until you mess up and can’t do it anymore.” Some street performers showed off fancy moves with lights instead of flames.
Whether it’s day or night these buskers from all around the globe have plenty of tricks and props up their sleeves…
ACE-K/From Japan: “I like diabolos. So 17 years, everyday I practiced.”
A diabolo is a unique juggling or circus prop…think of an intense yo-yo with a twist.
Last but not least ‘Duo Looky’ wowed crowds with their wild acrobatics. In their set they play travelling bartenders who have big dreams to one day be famous — and with those moves, they seem to be well on the their way.
Gal Baz/Duo Looky, From Israel: “So we do circus tricks that some of them we invented with stuff you can find at the bar and spice that with some humour.”
Heather Senoran/Videographer: “Gal Baz and Ya-Ya first met 6 years ago in Israel and then they went to Spain to attend circus school.
This is their first time bringing their ‘Happy Hour Show’ to Canada and now it’s here in Kingston.” After 2 dozen acts, thousands of smiling faces and jaw dropping stunts — once again, these entertainers lit up the streets of downtown during one of the busiest, and most exciting, weekend festivals in the Limestone City.

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