Back to Sssschool: Snake Handling and Serpent Movement with The Circus SideShow Reptiles

Back to Sssschool: Snake Handling and Serpent Movement with The Circus SideShow Reptiles

We met an albino boa constrictor named Lavender, thanks to the enterprising and proactive efforts of Circus SideShow Reptiles facilitators Burns the Dragon and Tristan Risk – and now you can, too.

That’s not to say that the other constrictors we met – Indigo (Salmon Boa), Amethyst (Red-Tail Boa) and Razor (Carpet Python) – were any less friendly than Lavender, a lady snake of the MoonBoa variety, but she distinguished herself as the most active and photogenic participant of the workshop we attended earlier this summer.

Sideshow performer and musician Burns the Dragon says he’s been a snake handler since his early teens, and some of you may know partner Tristan Risk as a Vancouver actor best known for her roles in the Soska sisters’ American Mary and Astron 6’s The Editor. The pair began their series of workshops to educate other performers about large snakes and to provide practical instruction for the safe and humane handling of large reptiles in performance.

We could go on at length about everything we learned during the workshop but, for those of you curious or with a similar professionally interest as performers/creatives, you can find out for yourselves this Wednesday evening (20 September 2017) when the Circus SideShow Reptiles give their next class in Vancouver.