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Reality joins the circus

SABC2 looking for acts to audition for 'Ringmaster'

JOHANNESBURG — The magic of the circus is the backdrop for a new reality show developed by the South African Broadcasting Corp.

SABC2 is looking for amateur circus acts to audition for “The Ringmaster,” due for broadcast in April.

Six acts will be selected for six weeks of intensive training during which time contestants will live on the circus grounds. One act will be chosen to perform live with the Great Moscow Circus before it leaves South Africa.

Skilled amateur performers, either with traditional circus skills or any other talents such as skateboarding, gymnastics, extreme sports, physical theater, dance, yoga or street performance will be considered.

“South Africans love reality shows,” producer Manu Padayachee says, “but so far we have been mostly exposed to imported ideas. Here is a chance for us to define for ourselves something that’s unique.”

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