Even though I was only four or five years old, I still remember going to the circus. One of the most memorable performances for me was the clowns. They bring so much silliness and laughter to the show and help relieve some of the stress of watching the nail-biting performances of the tightrope walkers and lion tamers. I recently saw Bello Mania at the New Victory Theater and while there weren’t any lion tamers, there was plenty of laughter from the audience and very entertaining tighrope walking and other circus-like performances by Bello Nock, one of the most famous clowns in the world.
A self-proclaimed comic daredevil, Bello Nock is likeable and charismatic and yes, his hair is real. His family is involved with the self-produced show and his 18-year-old daughter was also performing at the show. Some of the acts involved riding (or rather, trying to ride) a bike that keeps falling apart, silly trampoline moves and various funny but also very risky performances on a high wire – there was no safety net!
Aside from the amusing and daredevil stunts, the show includes background pictures of Bello’s life and tells a little bit about his and his family’s background. He is a 7th generation circus performer and a descendant of the founders of the 18th century Swiss Circus Nock. He began performing as a toddler and at 15 performed his family’s trademark sway pole act (one of the highlights of the show). He is a multiple-award-winning clown who has performed with a variety of circuses, including headlining Ringling Brothers Barnum & Baily Circus – he was the first person in the Circus’s history to have a show named after him.
Watching him interact with the audience that came up on stage is funny because somehow he makes it seem like he is the normal one. Bello Mania is all about being plain silly and goofy. My kids were watching him with wide eyes and a little smile on their faces and we all had a great time at the show.
Appropriate for ages 4 and up, Bello Mania is 90 minutes long, including an intermission.
When: Through March 31, 2013
Where: The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street, Between 7&8 Avenues, New York
Price: $14-$38 per person
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Box office is open Sunday & Monday 11am-5pm; Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-7pm
I was not paid for this post. I received tickets.