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Littlest circus of them all travels around South Pacific
The littlest circus of them all travels around the islands of the South Pacific to bring a unique attraction to their often isolated inhabitants. Now in its 10th year, Magic Circus of Samoa is one of a kind. It doesn’t visit towns and cities but instead performs on the remotest islands of the South Pacific. Magic Circus brings joy and enchantment to children of all ages who may never see any other kind of live entertainment.
Magic Circus makes its home in Pago Pago, American Samoa. The circus was created to enable South Pacific islanders to share in the delights of an old-fashioned circus. Magic Circus may lack the three ring glitz and glamour of a big circus like Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, but it presents a variety of circus acts on a more modest one ring stage. Acrobats, clowns, roustabouts, death-defying acts as motorcyclists race around the ring and exotic figures like the tallest man in the world at 8’-3’ feet in height are all part of Magic Circus’ “greatest show on earth.”
Founded by a Samoan, Bruno Loyale, Magic Circle has traveled to almost all of the South Pacific Islands including the most isolated ones like Tonga, New Caledonia and the Marshalls & Solomons as well as the better known destinations as Tahiti and Fiji. In discussing his Magic Circus, Loyale commented, “I wished to bring to these remote islands a taste of what a live circus could be. What better entertainment is there for children and adults alike than a circus?” Loyale asked. “It is something you never will see on television.”
Loyale said one of his biggest problems is finding the right mixture of circus performers who are willing to undertake grueling tours to less developed destinations. Another headache for Loyale is moving an entire troupe to venues when transportation to these islands is irregular and spotty. “Traveling between the islands, particularly remote ones like New Caledonia and Tonga, is difficult. Regular air and sea service is limited. Arrangements for our human and animal performers must be scheduled precisely to ensure our performance dates are honored. Finding suitable housing for our people and animals also is a problem because of limited accommodations on many of the islands,” Loyale continued.
Keeping Magic Circus supplied with the many props, costumes and stage equipment needed for its shows is another major difficulty. “We subscribe to the motto, “the show must go on” and that means supplies for our acts must be available when we need them,” averred Loyale. “Reliable, on time deliveries are a must whether the circus is in Tahiti or the Solomon Islands with no excuses or hassles,” he emphasized.
The Magic Circus head said he relies on one agency for many of his cargo needs. “We utilize a freight forwarding company in Los Angeles, Consolidators International, to handle our freight,” he commented. “CII has been our freight forwarder for the past number of years and its service has been exemplary.” Loyale noted that CII is the largest air freight forwarder operating in American Samoa and its CEO, Julian Keeling, has supported Samoan education and sports activities for a number of years. “The company has become part of Samoan society,” stated Loyale.
“Our freight forwarder is particularly effective with emergency shipments,” continued Loyale. “Two motorcycles broke down recently and we needed replacements in a hurry for races on stage. CII really saved the day by rushing the bikes to Pago Pago,” said Loyale.
Magic Cicus is thinking of new worlds, or at least islands to conquer, after its success in the South Pacific. “We now are planning expand into the Caribbean, particularly the French islands of Martinique and Guadaloupe as our first venues,” concluded Loyale.
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