Circus fun on Saipan

Posted on Nov 18 2019

After seven back-to-back shows on Saipan, the Super American Circus wrapped up its fun and suspenseful shows last night, leaving the crowd holding their breaths and wanting more.

The circus performed at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium, which had to be closed and quickly converted into a circus, to provide for the needed space to accommodate the concessions and the crowds. Each show lasted two hours.

Wowing everyone were unicyclist Ivan, comedy jugglers Cristina and Alex, aerialists Vivian, Keren, and Montana, hula hoop artist Olena, and ringmaster Elaine Alcorn. In keeping with the “superhero” theme, all the performers were in superhero costumes.

Adults and children also had their mouths open wide in suspense, especially during Tammy Firefly’s fiery performances, Martin Espana’s daredevil act, Sasha’s rolla bolla, and Blake Wallenda’s tightrope walk. Comic juggler and clown Olex Kartukov also had the crowd laughing with his crowd-sourced “jump rope” act.

“We haven’t had a circus in years,” said Buddy Igitol, who went to the circus with his daughter. “The last I remember was when I was a kid. We had something similar. It is nice to see the circus back in town. …I am pretty sure everybody had fun. I myself enjoyed the show. My hands and my feet were sweating throughout the whole show.”

The last time the Super American Circus visited Saipan was 10 years ago.

The Lady Diann Torres Foundation, with Joeten Enterprises, brought this year’s circus to the CNMI.

Super American Circus presenter Cornell “Tuffy” Nicholas and his performers had nothing but great words for the island.

“The reception has been phenomenal,” Nicholas said. “It has been fantastic. Such nice people coming to see the show and enjoying it. It has been great.”

One of the circus clown jugglers, Bing Bam Boom’s Alexander Knapp, said it was an honor to perform for the Saipan crowd. “I love the Saipan crowd,” Knapp said. “It is really an honor to perform for resilient people, and in this space that they fixed up for us to do the show. It is just an honor to make people laugh and give people surprises that they would not necessarily expect.”

Iva Maurin | Author
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at
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