See high-flying feats at the circus this weekend

January 31, 2014 

Leo Zeferino, right, and his wife perform as the Silver Satellites, a roller-skating act in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Zeferino is a sixth-generation circus performer.

PICASA — Special to The Telegraph

The Macon Coliseum will be transformed into a superhero playground when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns Friday night for three days of shows.

The one-ring show has all the trappings of a traditional circus but is themed the “Super Circus Heroes” and will feature a variety of acts described as “extraordinary” and “superhuman.”

“You can be very, very concentrated on the show because it is only one ring,” said Leo Zeferino, who will be performing. “They are going to enjoy the superheroes and ... interacting with the clowns.”

Zeferino is a sixth-generation circus performer and joined the Super Circus Heroes show this year with his wife. The two perform in roller skates on an elevated platform as the Silver Satellites.

“We spin, high speed spinning,” Zeferino said. “We stand on a table at eight feet high. The partner that works with me, my wife, she grabs my neck with her feet.”

He said they do contortions and he lifts his wife as they spin.

“It’s very visual,” Zeferino said. “(The audience) really likes it a lot. It is an act where they scream and like it a lot.”

Zeferino, who is from Spain, and his wife, who is from Italy, practice several hours a day.

“The only thing is when we do two to three shows we practice a little less,” he said.

The show also includes elephants, horses, camels, clowns and other acrobatic acts.

Zeferino said a motorcycle act and the high wire are his favorites.

“(The high wire) is one of our more risky, scary acts,” he said.

Ticket holders also will get a chance to see the inner workings of the circus with an interactive, pre-show event.

“That’s one hour before the show. They can come and meet all of the actors, all of the performers. They can make some pictures. They can try costumes from other shows we already do.”

He said ticket holders can take photos with props and see the animals. The All-Access Pre-Show takes place on the arena floor and there is no extra cost.

“They also can learn with us ... some of our act,” Zeferino said.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 31; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 1; and 2 p.m. Feb. 2

Where: Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive

Cost: $10 for Jan. 31. Tickets for the other shows start at $22 for adults and $12 for kids.

Information: 478-751-9232 or www.maconcentreplex.com

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