By Dominique Jando
Guiming Meng comes from a long line of Chinese acrobats. His father was a master jar-juggler. Not surprisingly, Meng would follow in his father's footsteps. He was trained in Chinese acrobatics in the Shangai Acrobatic Troupe, one of the major acrobatic troupes in China, and participated in many acts, as it is the usage in Chinese troupes.
In 1986, members 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. At the end of the engagement, he did not return to China, choosing instead to defect to the United States.
Guiming Meng created a jar-juggling act—the specialty he knew best—and began working in various circuses and variety shows. He eventually settled in Las Vegas and, in 1991, became a U.S. citizen. 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)