DELPHOS — When seeking out quality entertainment, one question should be asked, but is often neglected: Who would turn down the chance to see someone playing Russian roulette with an industrial staple gun?
That act and many others were on stage Sunday in the Jefferson Middle School auditorium in Delphos as Danger Circus gave west central Ohio a taste of modern-day vaudeville, complete with outlandish acts such as fire-eating, juggling on a unicycle, an escape from a straitjacket and, yes, Russian roulette with an industrial staple gun.
“It’s unique and different, and it’s something that most people aren’t going to see multiple times throughout their life,” magician Keri Kazz said. “Most people, if they see a variety show two or three times, that will be about it, outside of a backyard birthday party.”
The show was brought to Delphos by the Delphos Optimist Club as a fundraiser. For the past three years, the club has brought a show to the city to help create fun and unique experiences for area families. The Chicago-based trio performed two shows Sunday, each bringing more than 400 people to the school auditorium.
“We wanted to try to find something that was a variety show that had some different elements to it, not just magic, but also comedy, juggling, fire-eating and other neat stuff for the family,” event organizer Kevin Wieging said. “We just wanted to do something for families to come out and enjoy.”
Not only does Danger Circus offer entertainment, according to Thom Britton, the fire-eater and “mad scientist” of the group, but it also educates and creates a link to the past in a time when people are being entertained digitally.
“We’re not Cirque du Soleil,” he said. “We’re a theater show, and we want you to have an experience to where you think, ‘I could go see ‘Hamlet’ now.’”
“Most theaters anymore have been torn down and turned into a Starbucks,” juggler Chuck Clark said. “Most people go to YouTube for their entertainment. So to be able to come out and see this live is a special experience for everybody.”