Trapeze artists bring ‘circus’ to Jeffreys

2017-10-26 06:00
Mac, also known as Sean Mc Geer, is a professional children’s entertainer with more than 20 years’ experience. Photo:SUPPLIED

Mac, also known as Sean Mc Geer, is a professional children’s entertainer with more than 20 years’ experience. Photo:SUPPLIED

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COLLETTE Mc Geer has been in the circus all her life.

At 52, she no longer performs as a member of a renowned circus, as she did throughout her childhood life and most of her adult life.

Instead, the second generation trapeze artist now owns Gypsy Events in Jeffreys Bay with her husband Sean - a talented flying trapeze artist, daredevil and clown. And their story defies what it means to be a circus performer.

“It is a lifestyle,” says Collette. “I would not change it for anything. The people we have met, the places we have been and the opportunities we have had are tremendous.

With more than 35 years’ experience in running their own event company in Gauteng, the Mc Geers created and performed various trapeze acts. These include the Death Defying Motorbike on a high wire, and Collette becoming one of the first women in the world to catch a male flyer on the flying trapeze.

In 1993, a year after they met, the couple left the circus and opened their own successful entertainment and events company in Johannesburg, providing entertainment to all the top companies in South Africa. They worked at many prestigious events, including performing their trapeze act for the late former President Nelson Mandela.

More than a decade later, in 2017, the Mc Geers sold their smallholding and party venue in Johannesburg and moved to Jeffreys Bay with their teenage son, Ryan, four French poodles and a cat.

Once settled in, they continued their business, Gypsy Events - supplying schools, residents and businesses with professional entertainers and equipment hire.

They supply children’s entertainment, clowns, stilt walkers, trapeze acts, fire eating, juggling, magicians, jesters, stunt shows, acrobats, mimes, singers, bands, dancers, living tables, bungy bouncers, giant inflatables, and flying trapeze.

Special packages are available for school fundraisers and children’s birthday parties.


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