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February 20, 2007

Science facts to meet circus feats in 'Super Scientific Circus'

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Combining scientific experiments with circus stunts, Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime with bring "Super Scientific Circus" to Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse stage at 7 p.m. March 2.
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Challenging the notion that science isn't fun, the show will entertain everyone from children to high school chemistry flunkies to professors of astrophysics, said Laura Clavio, assistant director of Purdue Convocations. The show is recommended for kindergarten-age children and older and is presented by Purdue Convocations as part of its Family Adventure series.

Through feats of skill involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls and bull whips - and with plenty of music and magic - "Super Scientific Circus" will demonstrate such concepts as friction, inertia, centrifugal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure and ultraviolet light.

Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime will show audiences how to make and throw boomerangs, how to blow giant soap bubbles and how to insert a needle through a balloon without popping it. Their show also includes audience participation; one highlight involves pulling a tablecloth from beneath a volunteer seated in a chair on a table.

Mr. Fish, born John James Lepiarz, a featured clown, variety artist and emcee with the Big Apple Circus in New York from 1987-94, created "Super Scientific Circus." His array of skills includes wisecracking, whip-snapping, egg-juggling, knife-throwing, boomerang-tossing and accordion-playing, Clavio said. He has been featured on ABC's "Great Circus Performances of the World" and on the HBO special "Ballerinas, Horses and Clowns."

Trent the Mime, also known as Trent Arterberry, is an internationally known mime artist. His family show, "Meaning through Motion," has played at thousands of schools, theaters and festivals across the United States and Canada. His awards include the College Campus Performing Artist of the Year. A student of the renowned master Marcel Marceau, Trent the Mime strives to keep the mime tradition growing by enchanting young audiences, Clavio said.

Tickets for "Super Scientific Circus" are $14 for adults and $10 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Lafayette Ivy Tech students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW. Tickets also are available at Ticketmaster outlets.

Patrons are invited to bring their children to the west lobby of Stewart Center beginning at 2 p.m. to try some easy science experiments. The Department of Physic's Physics Educational Assistance, Resources and Learning Strategies (PEARLS) outreach program is sponsoring the free pre-show event.

Source: Kerry Schutt Nason, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, (765) 494-5045, knason@purdue.edu

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