Clowning Around with The Great Balanzo

Happy World Laughter Day! (aka Day 5). Today, The Great Balanzo, who is no stranger to our Festival and our outdoor stage, joins in on the #40DaysofPLAY fun with four circus skills lessons for all ages and abilities! First, you’ll learn to tightrope walk like a master, then learn a balancing trick using a sheet of newspaper, followed by learning to juggle with plastic shopping bags, and finally a quick magic trick!  All four skills and lessons are sure to bring a smile to your face and fill your homes with laughter.  

Circus Skills Materials

  • Rope, string, yarn, or painters tape – minimum 3-4 feet in length 
  • Newspaper or wrapping paper 
  • Tape 
  • 2-3 plastic shopping bags 
  • 1 hat 

Now that you have the materials, just watch this video and get ready to learn some magic!

Don’t forget to take a picture of your participation in today’s activity and share it with us online by using the hashtag #40DaysofPLAY to be entered to win a prize from one of our Festival partners.  

The City of St. Albert has worked with content developers to provide creative prompts that align with provincial public health measures, and guidance to protect the health system and the community by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

 The Great Balanzo  

The Great Balanzo is played by Aytahn Ross – one of Canada’s premier circus personalities. More than one million people in 13 countries have enjoyed his live performances. A bilingual artist, he’s performed for many occasions:

  • Repeat invitations to Montréal’s famous Just for Laughs Comedy Festival
  • Performed solo for the Governor General of Canada
  • Featured with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

And once… Monty Python’s John Cleese said, “Hello” to him! 

Thank you to today's Activity sponsor, Skuba Dental

Skuba Dental

Follow all provincial public health measures when participating in 40 Days of Play activities.

Last edited: May 2, 2021