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The Great Flip-Off (2018)

Meet the last of the great bareback artists, past and present, as they band together for the largest gathering of riders of this century - one last, death-defying performance in the face of extinction from the American circus.


Dafna Yachin

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The Great Flip-Off follows extreme circus bareback riding families in what may be their final feat against the loss of their livelihood and the death of their art form. Join these legendary families from Italy, Mexico, Hungary and France as they bring the history, risk and beauty of the original circus act to a multi-generational audience, one last time in Orlando, Florida. Then, return 10 years later to discover how these families have dealt with the passing of time in a range of unusual happy endings and ultimate heartbreak. In 2006, we meet the best-of-the-best bareback artists past and present -- The Donnerts, the Turveys, The Suarezes, the Zamperla-Zoppes, Timi Loyal and Mark Karoly. Each family holds a unique place in American circus riding history. They are competitors that agree to unite for a one night performance for the sake of keeping their art alive. From the seventh generation Italian Zamperla Zoppes, to the Donnerts who escaped from communist Hungary, to the Loyals of ...

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One last show for a dying breed.





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15 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Special Place in Circus History
16 July 2019 | by CharlieKoederSee all my reviews

The Great Flip-Off is your opportunity to meet the last of the great bareback riders, both past and present, as they join up for the largest gathering of riders for this last, death-defying performance. Their performance faces extinction from the American circus, but for the riders, it will never go extinct as long as their heart still pumps the blood of tradition through their veins. Each of the families of riders holds a special spot in the heart of American circus riding history. I felt compelled by their drive to keep their art and tradition alive.

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