Zuzu African Acrobats bring their act to Georgia National Fair


PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Kenyan group of acrobats and former America’s Got Talent contestants are one of the main attractions at the Georgia National Fair this week.

The Zuzu African Acrobats are setting the bar high by going low for shows at the fair.

“It is our second year. Last year we came here and we performed and had a big crowd like today,” said performer Charles Shutu.

Fair-goers got a chance to see just how low they could go during the 45-minute performance.

“They are high energy very positive. You get a good solid feeling of being a part, not just connecting as you do an audience member, but actually being able to go up there,” said audience member Margeen Rogers.

Since their appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2011, they’ve captivated audiences across the globe with their unique stunts and tricks.

“Everyday we’re creating new stuff and all this practice and that’s how we create new stuff.”

Hats, jump ropes, and chairs on top of chairs were all a part of the act.

“I’ve not seen except for them balancing each other like that. So the chairs (are) pretty neat because it’s unusual, but you can kind of guess how a chair is going to feel and how it’s going to balance,” Rogers explains. “But another individual and their body type and everything is different, that seemed a bit harder,” she continued.

“We’ve been doing this all of our lives,” said Shutu.

Rogers says seeing the performance from her seat was great but she was more excited to be in the show.

“I had no idea I was going to get picked and it was great,” she said.

Shutu shared the secret to perfecting that daring performance.

“People think that it’s a kind of magical, but if I can say the truth this is all about practice,” he said.

If you haven’t seen the group’s act yet you’ve still got some time. They’re scheduled to perform everyday until Sunday at 5:30 PM and again at 8:00 PM. They’ve also got two added performances set for 3:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

The show is at the All-American Stage between the Georgia Grown Building and McGill Marketplace.

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