Entertainment

Circus icon coming out of retirement for Deni Show

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Australian circus icon and vaudeville impresario Roy Maloy is coming to the Deni Show, performing on Friday and Saturday March 1 and 2.

The Deni Show will be his first performance in almost six years, coming out of retirement to showcase his skills.

Mr Maloy has earned an arduous reputation as a circus proprietor, theatre owner and producer of the amazing, through traditional styles of entertainment.

From Circus to Vaudeville, it is a kind of spectacle only seen once in a lifetime.

He began performing when he was just 13 years-old, given guidance by the last of the golden era Australian showmen.

He had become a regional celebrity, specialising in performing at regional shows and country festivals in all states since 1990.

Over his career Mr Maloy has set nine world records, some of which he said he will perform in Deni.

‘‘I’m very excited, Deni will be my first show in half a decade since I retired back in 2013 due to some injuries I sustained while performing,’’ he said.

‘‘I will include my record breaking stunts such as walking on the tallest stilts ever walked on (17 metres tall), fire breathing, holding a half tonne block of ice on my chest while I lay on a bed of nails, as the ice is smashed with hammers.

‘‘I’ll also have a 250kg boulder on my chest that random audience members will smash with hammers.

‘‘The show is the last of its kind, the last of its breed.’’

Outback stockman Lachie Cossor will also make a highly anticipated appearance at the show.

The horse breaker and former rodeo cowboy will be showing off his skills in a show often described as ‘orchestrated chaos’.

‘There will be horsemanship, working dogs, crowd participation, Jigsaw the 1000kg bull and a few surprises,’’ Mr Cossor said.

Annual favourites including the pavilion, sheep shearing, yard dog trial, sheep and wool, show horses, cattle, poultry, dog show jumping and pageantry can be expected.

Fireworks will bring an array of colours to families on the Saturday night with the show finishing up on the Sunday.

For more information visit the Deniliquin Agriculture Show’s website, http://deniliquinshow.com.au/.