SHOW TIME: Robert Bruce, Valeria Gomez, Carlos Cardenas and Welinton Gabriel are ready to entertain the crowd in Kingaroy with Burtons Circus.
SHOW TIME: Robert Bruce, Valeria Gomez, Carlos Cardenas and Welinton Gabriel are ready to entertain the crowd in Kingaroy with Burtons Circus. Claudia Williams

The show goes on at 81 years old

WHEN the South Burnett community turns out to see Burtons Circus in Kingaroy children and adults alike will be greeted by a friendly clown.

Under the mask is Robert Bruce who, at 81-years-old, is believed to be the oldest performing clown in Australia.

When he retired two years ago Mr Bruce didn't think he would return to the ring, but he felt there was something missing in suburban life, so when the circus called he didn't hesitate.

"I am a great believer that you must keep going and keep your body and mind active," he said.

To be in his best shape he continues to hit the gym living by his belief "if you rest you rust."

By performing he hopes to inspire people his age to continue with their passions and live life to the fullest.

"I see so many people in the 70s or 80s walking around and I think you were a young boy playing cricket and football, what happened?" he said.

The circus sees Mr Bruce travel throughout Australia which includes a stint in Kingaroy from Thursday, June 13.

"The best part is when I am at the front and I see all the kids and families coming in," he said.

"A lot of people are down on their luck and if they have a bit of spare money they come to the circus. It relieves two hours that they have had fun."

There promises to be something in the show for everyone with juggling, trapeze and motorbike tricks.

The circus has seen Carlos Cardenas travel across the world from his home in Chile and said it was the thrill of performing that keeps him going.

"My favourite thing about performing is that you do what you love in front of people, it is a really good feeling," he said.

"There is always a chance that you will miss a trick but that is the good feeling about it."

Burtons Circus will start in Kingaroy on Thursday, June 13 and continue until Sunday.

Shows will resume on Wednesday, June 19 and continue until the final show on Sunday, June 23.

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