At Zoetermeers Wilhelmina Park, Yoav takes five cones from his backpack and starts playing in the middle of the grass. He has fall break, so he doesn’t have to go to school for a week as he receives circus training.
Yoav Shemesh (19 years old) is from Australia and is in the Netherlands training in the circus. He currently lives in the nearby village of Moerkapelle, but will soon move to Rotterdam to be closer to his school.
Practice, practice and practice again
Yoav had just come from the Ekoplaza supermarket on Dorpsstraat to buy some groceries. In Wilhelmina’s garden, he easily throws three cones into the air and then uses all kinds of tricks to keep them aloft for a while. But it can also do it using five cones. “It takes a lot of practice.”
Circus schools in Europe
Yoav wants to become a professional magician, so he chooses circus training. “Compared to Australia, there are mainly good schools in Europe. The Codarts course in Rotterdam is a good course where I learn acrobatics and juggling as well as juggling. You use different things to mislead people.
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Along with his brother
Yoav’s brother is just as obsessed with juggling as he is. “Back home in Australia, we have been doing tricks, tricks and stunts from an early age. My brother is also training in the circus, but in Australia. Our dream is to perform together. Not in the circus, but on tour with her own show, at different events around the world.
For Yoav, juggling means magic. “I love surprising people and entertaining them with my tricks.”
Coming home for Christmas
He loves his studies, but is secretly looking forward to the Christmas holidays: “I hope I can go home for Christmas. I miss my family and my brother in Australia so much. I’m looking forward to playing juggles with him.”
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