Meet me at the Midway
The wild, the wacky, the tacky, the thrilling, plus stars galore! The CNE’s got it all and then a little more — below, five of this season’s most enticing attractions
By Malcolm Johnston
RUTH, ANITA, ISSA
Q: What are you So Excited about these days?
We are excited about waking up each day, doing special projects and doing shows around the world.
Q: What was it like to work with Michael Jackson on “We Are the World”?
He was a unique master of talent. To see him perform was unbelievable. He opened the doors for so many, including the Pointer Sisters. He brought people together with music, and that we will never lose.
Q: How are the “new” Pointer Sisters different from days gone by?
Different lineup of performers, different ages, with the same love for what we do.
AIR SHOW ACE
PILOT MIKE WISKUS
Q: Are you more of a Maverick or a Goose?
Goose. He’s a bit more laid-back, and he comes across as a guy who can’t believe he’s really doing what he’s doing. But I won’t be taking my shirt off any time soon for those beach volleyball games.
Q: What does Toronto look like from up there?
Clean, very clean, even at 800 feet while tumbling end over end. Performing over the water in front of the CNE is the most beautiful setting. I just wish I could buzz the CN Tower.
KRISTEN 'HOUDINI' JOHNSON
Q: Has your water torture stunt ever gone wrong?
Yes, once I blacked out from hypoxic seizure; another time, I signalled to have the lid removed as I was unable to pick the top lock.
Q: How long can you hold your breath?
Just over five minutes when I’m relaxed.
Q: At social events, do people have unreasonably high expectations of your party tricks?
Once we were invited to a wake only to find out that the host was expecting a show.
SHAGGY DOG STORY
Q: If you were a SuperDog, which breed would you be?
A shaggy. They’re 100 per cent Canadian and one of a kind, and they encompass all the traits of every dog in the show.
Q: What’s the trick to getting your dog to fetch the TV remote?
Once he’s mastered retrieving a ball, wrap masking tape around an old remote and play fetch with it. Trade him for a tasty snack for dropping it into your lap. Switch to the real remote, and voila!
GUESS YOUR WEIGHT GUY
THE AMAZING ANTHONY INTING
Q: Has your job ever gotten you into trouble?
Has it ever! Especially with 140-pound women who swear they are 120. Unfortunately, I was never trained to dodge bamboo sticks, purses, umbrellas or slaps to the face.
Q: What’s the trickiest body type/age/gender to guess?
Guys with big, round bellies are the most difficult. It’s quite the challenge to deduce if those bellies are full of steak or gas.