By Dominique Jando
In 1986, several performers of the Shangai Acrobatic Troupe were featured in the 116th edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, where they performed several acts. Guiming Meng was among them—but he didn't return to China at the end of their engagement; instead, he defected to the United States.
Guiming Meng created a jar-juggling act, the specialty he knew best, and began working in circus and variety shows. He eventually settled in Las Vegas, and became a U.S. citizen in 1991. He has been featured twice at the Big Apple Circus, in 2004 and 2008.
- Video: Guiming Meng, Jar Juggling, in the Big Apple Circus production of Picturesque (2004)