The Life of a Circus Artist and the Art of Hand Balancing with Cory Tabino

Much of what I know about hand balancing I learned from today’s guest – professional acrobat Cory Tabino. To celebrate I’ve re-released my book How To Do A Handstand and just this week I am giving it away for free. Visit for your own free copy.

Now, onwards with the Show!

I’m thrilled to share today’s guest – Cory Tabino – who is a professional circus performer and acrobat. Cory was my first hand balancing instructor and paved the way for much of my performance career since.

Cory has been a professional circus artist for more than 20 years, having done performances ranging from sideshow to Cirque du Soleil. He is full of hilarious stories about the life of an acrobat, and he shares them throughout the show.

Back alley surgeries?
Stage fright?
Training with Marines?

This episode has it all!

These days Cory spends much of his time teaching the next generation of acrobats and performers. We discuss how he thinks about the learning process and educating others. I, for one, will be visiting his school Circus Maine.

Show Notes

4:00 – 7:00 Cory’s first job in the circus
7:30 – 9:00 Cory’s experience in wrestling
10:00 – 12:00 Gymnastics training and the navy
12:07 – 15:12 The process for developing emotional control
15:12 – 17:22 Maturity of older dancers
17:00 – 19:00 The personality of a performer
18:00 – 20:00 What is hand balancing
20:00 – 25:00 How Cory found the circus
25:00 – 26:30 Cory saw the first aerial silk performance in North America
26:00 – 29:00 Aerial silks have become common
30:00 – 35:00 Cory’s former teachers and what characteristics make someone naturally inclined to be good at handstands or juggling
40:00 In the circus there are poodles and pound puppies
40:00 – 46:00 Cory’s 2 surgeries: shoulder and his crazy hand surgery
46:00 – 48:25 Circus creates community
50:00 The time, sacrifice, and creativity it takes to become professional
55:00 The future of circus
54:02 – 54:44 Visit Cory at Circus Maine

To celebrate today’s episode I have re-released my book “How To Do A Handstand.” Visit for your own free copy! And if you enjoyed this episode of the Robin Zander Show, stay up to date with goings-on and get weekly tactics via the newsletter.

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