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Cirque Italia underway in Whitehall

WHITEHALL, Pa. - Cirque Italia is unique.

It has the typical crowd favorites, like highwire acts, contortionists, and performers like young Axel Perez who make sure the crowds are smiling.

Axel Perez grew up in the circus. He's been performing professionally for eight years.

Fans of America's Got Talent might recognize him. "I got to meet a lot of really cool people. Simon Cowell was really nice to me. I had a really good connection with him," said Perez.

But a burst of TV fame hasn't gone to Perez's head.

In fact, even as he enjoys the spotlight under the big tent, he is focused on his education. He's taking high school classes while on the road.

"I'm working on graduating. Hopefully in two weeks I will graduate," added Perez.

Perez says the discipline he's learned in the circus is what has allowed him to be successful in school.

"Nothing worth your while comes easy. There's always going to be struggles so without failure there's no progress," said Perez.

A reminder from an impressive young performer and balancing daredevil who will continue to balance whatever life brings him down the road.

The circus runs through Sunday at the Lehigh Valley Mall.

You can purchase tickets here. 

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