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CNE’s one-man spectacle

At an event where most people come dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, ora cool summer dress, the Montrealer looks conspicuous in his dark suit,complete with tuxedo jacket and top hat.

Aytahn Ross stands out in a crowd at the Canadian National Exhibition.

At an event where most people come dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, or a cool summer dress, the Montrealer looks conspicuous in his dark suit, complete with tuxedo jacket and top hat.

Oh yeah, and he’s also the guy who juggles crystal balls and balances books on his nose.

Ross, 35, is one of the street performers on the circular stage outside the Food Building. To learn more about his one-man show, Circus Montreal, we asked him five questions:

What’s the toughest part of your act?

Juggling crystal balls while balancing them on my forehead. They’re difficult tricks and it’s such a beautiful piece that, if I mess up or it looks sloppy, it ruins it.

How do you train yourself to do it?

You just add one thing at a time — so if I want to balance a ball on my head, I’ll try that first.

How do you make a living off this?

There’s always something, whether it’s Christmas, Mardi Gras ... I’m hoping to go to Australia or New Zealand. The summers are the big seasons. I tour every kind of festival. I was at the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival and Just for Laughs.

What do you like about your job?

It’s nice to be outdoors after our winters. As small as it must seem, it’s nice that my job is to make people happy. It doesn’t matter that I’m on the “seagull target stage,” as they call it. You really affect people.

‘Seagull target stage?’

There are a lot of seagulls around because of the discarded food. I’m trying to train them, actually, using french fries

 
 
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