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Ramos Bros. Motorcycles Stolen
Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2016 2:43 pm
Josh Allen, Hi-Deert Star
YUCCA VALLEY — Two stunt motorcycles were stolen from the Ramos Bros. Circus, at the corner of Hilton Road and Twentynine Palms Highway, at around 4 a.m. Saturday morning.
According to Oliver Ramos, one of his workers got up and noticed a truck pulling away with a pair of mororcycles that are used in the Globe of Death stunt show.
"We are offering a reward for the return of the motorcycles with no questions asked," Ramos said. "Our riders really miss their motorcycles."
One of the stolen bikes is a blue and white 1990 Yamaha RT 100 and the other is a 2000 Honda RX 100.
Both motorcycles have LED lights on the rims and plastics.
Anyone with information is asked to call Oliver Ramos at 702-273-8276.
Burglar damages Circus World offices
Tim Damos Baraboo News Republic.
Authorities are investigating a break-in at Circus World Museum in which a suspect allegedly damaged offices, fired a rifle and stole cash.
Baraboo Police Capt. Rob Sinden said the incident occurred during the early morning hours Monday.
"The suspect broke into the Circus World Museum office premises, broke several windows and rummaged through various offices," he said. "The suspect then obtained a .22 caliber rifle from his nearby vehicle and re-entered the (museum) office area, fired several rounds through various windows and objects inside."
Sinden said the suspect made off with several hundred dollars in cash and equipment from the office area. He said police have recovered a firearm and do have a suspect in the case.
Circus World Executive Director Scott O'Donnell said it seemed the person who broke in was more intent on causing damage than on stealing anything of value. He said three shots were fired inside the museum.
Garbage cans had been tipped over and plants had been tossed, O'Donnel said. In one room, an employee's dumbbell had been thrown through his office window.
"It was unsettling but it could have been worse," O'Donnel said. "One of us could have come in and come upon this perpetrator, which causes us to pause."
O'Donnel said he does not have a dollar estimate on the damage, but hopes that insurance and restitution will pay for repairs. Fortunately, he said, none of the historic artifacts at the museum were damaged or stolen.
Circus Smirkus gets major award
Circus Smirkus, Vermont's award-winning international youth circus, was recognized this week with the second annual Community Impact Award at the Celebration of American Circus at Lincoln Center in New York.
The Community Impact Award is "given annually to a circus artist or organization that has succeeded in harnessing and demonstrating the power of the circus arts for community engagement and social good, and in bringing diverse audiences together through quality programming," Smirkus founder Rob Mermin and Executive Director Ed LeClair were present to accept the award.
Smirkus troupers (former members of the Big Top Tour) Liam Gundlach and Sawyer Oubre performed a duo diabolo act as well.
Circus Smirkus is headquartered in Greensboro.
The Celebration of American Circus was presented by Circus Now and the Big Apple Circus.
Mechanical Gorilla helps circus adapt to animals banTruxon is a one-tonne robotic gorilla that looks like the real thing
Mexico News Daily | Monday, January 4, 2016
For a 127-year-old Mexico City-based circus, the crisis brought on by a ban on the use of animals meant opportunity — and a one-tonne gorilla in the tent.
Under a federal law that went into effect last July, at least 2,000 circus animals were put out to pasture in Mexico, including eight that were owned by Circo Atayde Hermanos.
The ban was a controversial one for circus owners, some of whom have claimed it was no more than a political ploy by the Green Ecologist Party, which promoted the legislation.
But Circo Atayde, which saw a 60% decline in revenues after it retired its animals in September 2014, decided to adapt.
"We had to adapt and devise the means to continue attracting people," said Celeste Atayde, one of the circus's owners.
It adopted some new initiatives, but the biggest was Truxon, a nine-meter tall gorilla that weighs a tonne but violates no law: Truxon is a robot.
He's actually more than that for the circus. "For us, he is another artist," said Atayde.
"We realized we had to bring in new attractions, so we brought in an animal, but an electronic one" and things are going well.
Truxon has eyes that blink and a mouth and hands that move. All its movements appear to be those of a real gorilla, said the circus owner.
The robot is the creation of four brothers — Rubén, Nelson, Moisés and Eduardo Peralvar, who invested US $50,000 in constructing it.
They would only say that its computer-driven, electronic brain directs gesticulations and movements that are powered by more than 50 pneumatic pistons. The rest they prefer to keep secret, as with any circus magic.
Showtime for Truxon is the finale, coming after the jugglers, acrobats, trapeze artists and clowns, entering the big top in the midst of thick artificial smog.
After a recent show, 12-year-old Ingrid Hernández said seeing Truxon beat his chest was "very impressive, very cool."
Axel, 9, was of the same mind. "It's really cool. I liked it because he picked people up and it looked like he was eating them."
Source: Milenio (sp)
Mary Ruth Herriot has passed away
Hugo to Expand Showfolks Cemetery
By SARAH TERRY-COBO - Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015
HUGO, Okla. (AP) - Tommy Pence is working to add more celebrity residents to a cherished Hugo institution. He's negotiating the expansion with a business that's a local mainstay and a main driver of economic development.
Pence said it will be easy to keep those future residents happy; they're all deceased.
The superintendent at Mount Olivet Cemetery is coordinating with the Carson & Barnes Circus to add a new, 48-person cremation niche to the resting grounds. The town's municipal authority approved the expansion, and it will be installed after Northeast Texas Monuments completes the monument, but Pence didn't have an exact date, The Journal Record (http://bit.ly/1HBupGS ) reported.
The addition will expand Showmen's Rest, a section of the cemetery dedicated to circus performers. The area is delineated with elephant statues atop granite markers. It features headstones including a 3-D circus tent, a life-sized monument engraved with Ringmaster John Strong's likeness, and a wagon wheel-shaped tribute.
Carson & Barnes founder D.R. Miller brought his circus to Hugo in 1941, and the community became the show's headquarters, City Manager David Rawls said. The rural southeastern Oklahoma town was once home to nine circuses, and is now home to three, he said. Rawls' family also owned a circus and he was a performer, too.
The cemetery is important because it attracts tourists. Typically it is one of three stops for state and national tour buses, including the town's rail depot and the Endangered Ark Foundation, a facility for Carson & Barnes' retired elephants, Rawls said.
Mount Olivet is also a cornerstone of Hugo residents' heritage, Rawls said. That's why the City Council continues to allocate money through a capital improvement tax to maintain the grounds.
"The cemetery is sacrosanct, so you don't mess with it," Rawls said.
Pence manages a crew of three employees who meticulously manicure the grounds five days per week. Workers Donald Ritchie, Clint Efaw and Lorenso Black weed around the hundreds of monuments, mow open spaces, pick up limbs and straighten plastic flower arrangements. Pence also helps sell spaces, schedule funerals and interact with grieving families.
He said he's happy to help maintain an attraction that's meaningful to residents and interesting to visitors.
"It's not as morbid of a job as you think," he said. "It's a source of pride for local people."
Photo Credit: www.tvperu.gob.pe
Grenade explodes at Peruvian circus, 11 wounded.
LIMA, Peru – Peruvian authorities say someone exploded a grenade at a circus performance and the blast wounded 11 people, including clowns and members of the public.
Local police chief Salvador Iglesias of the San Juan de Lurigancho district of Lima says police are investigating whether extortionists were behind Tuesday night's attack.
Firefighters say most of the injured had shrapnel wounds in their legs, while four suffered hearing problems and a circus worker was hospitalized with a stomach wound.
Police say they are trying to determine whether the grenade was thrown or planted previously.
Elephant Escapes Circus, Kills Man Taking Morning Walk
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Performer Falls in Houston
Sunday May 31, 2015
It's amazing that she wasn't injured seriously given the way she fell. She is expected to be OK. You could see in the video that she completely tumbled into the audience as she was trying to execute the high wire act.
This is Circo de Hermanos Vasquez. It's a travelling circus and an official says that danger is all part of the show.
"It was a human error. These things happen at the circus. We all put all of our work in here. It's a performance. It's a live performance and that is what a lot of people don't understand," said GM of Circo Hermanos Vazquez, Lorena Vignaud. "Like balancing acts, like the strong men acts, all those kinds of acts they all have a risk. This act was one of the ones that was the highest risk of them all."
Danger is just part of doing business when you work for a circus. We watched one of the shows Sunday and it was amazing, but the acts do appear to be dangerous.
Voters Reject Bylaw Outlawing Circus
Associated Press May 06, 2015
The show will go on in Dalton (Massachusetts). Town meeting voters in the Berkshire County town on Monday rejected a bylaw that would have ended the decades-long tradition of annual visits by the Kelly Miller Circus, or similar shows featuring exotic animals. The Berkshire Eagle reported that voters rejected the circus ban 184-92. The proposed bylaw stated that ''no living nondomesticated animal shall be displayed for public entertainment or amusement in circuses, carnivals, traveling events, or other similar entities.'' A group called Berkshire Voters for Animals proposed the bylaw. The Dalton Lion's Club has raised tens of thousands of dollars by sponsoring the circus since 1994.
U.S.P.S Releases Circus Poster Stamps
The United States Postal Service is once again paying tribute to the American Circus.
On May 5, 2014 the new stamps were release at a ceremony held at the The Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota Florida.
Available for a limited time from your local Post Office or online at www.usps.com.
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