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“Fun is fundamental. There is no way around it. You absolutely must have fun. Without fun, there is no enthusiasm. Without enthusiasm, there is no energy. Without energy, there are only shades of gray.” Doug Hall

2013 Circus Links


Circus Imagination – Summer 2013


We are an incomparable type of circus. Here the children become the performers. That means we take kids from the audience and turn them into instant circus artists! Tight rope walkers, wild animals and even human cannon balls! Our goal is to encourage kids to be active, use their imaginations and play outside! Having tons of fun throughout the way is just a consequence.




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Here are some Pictures of our new costumes!

One Season Ends… Another Begins!

Curitiba, Brazil: Hello world! Circus Imagination has already wrapped up the 2012 Fairs & Festivals season. Soon you can check out our year ´round statistics, which will include how many events we were part of this year, how many shows we had and even an estimative of how many children dressed up and joined the circus!

Right now is time for us to work on making things even better for next year! It´s a lot of work, we have new costumes, new acts, new circus abilities classes and an awesome and interactive website in the oven.

Check soon at

If you were part of our acting/volunteer crew in 2012 check the blog you might find your picture, or even a video of your performance on our youtube page

We would like to thank everybody that had fun with us this year, and get ready because Circus Imagination version 2013 is going to blow your imagination away!





Ringmaster Slang

The Circus is a magical industry and it has an incredible background in history. Long before all modern technology – such as loud speakers and electric strobe lights these performers and producers were bold, inventive and innovative. Afraid of no judgment, well spoken and talented many of the stories of these old time circus people can be found at this great website here’s one of my favorites!

A Live Circus Agent Let Loose in the Sanctum

“I would like to write a short notice for the Sells Brothers’ Circus,” said the circus agent, after introducing himself to the Poo Bah of the intellectual department of this journal continuing.

      “We exhibit May 13th and our advertisement appears in your columns.”

      “What kind of a show have the Sells Brothers got?” we ventured to ask.

      “It is not a show,” responded the avant courier, “but a three ply concern; and obliging original obviously observed offering overwhelming outviewing over-throwing opposition ostentatious olla podria of oriental or occidental oppulent omnium gatherum. Several singular separate solid superior surprising superlatively sensational successful stupendous shows, masterly magnificent multifarious maifold, massive marvelous might miraculous monster museums, mastadon menagerie unrivaled unapproachable, unequaled unparalled unquestionably useful – unequivocally unique union unconditionally unobjectionable unomitted unbounded combined concrete colossal cyclopean culminated carefull conceived circus concentration, cabinic, coalescence, chief concerted conglomeration competently calculated, capital captivating calisthenic classical coagmented caravan costly coveted crowning circensian, coactive climax chronicaled choicedrawn chaste catholic challenge competing composite collective colligated cohesive coefficient commanding ceremonious centralized composition,” and as he -?- the dictionary he never stopped to -?- breath.

      “How long shall I make it?’ inquired the wordy scribe, as he prepared to write drawing twelve pointed -?- from his pocket.

      “Well, say three columns,” we modestly suggested.

From: Sumner County Standard (Wellington, KS), April 30, 1886.

2011 Retrospective

Circus Imagination had a busy year:

  • We set up our circus in 14 different cities in California – USA!
  • We performed 173 spectacles!
  • About 2440 children have “ran away” and joined the circus!
  • Around 10 thousand people sat down in our audience through the year!

Watch our Video Retrospective – click on the button – – >


Our biggest Thanks goes to all fairs who had Circus Imagination in their 2011 entertainment schedule! Below is a list:


Merced Spring Fair

Salinas Valley Fair

Chowchilla Madera Fair

SAC County Fair

San Joaquin County Fair

World One Festival

Lassen County Fair

Yuba Sutter Fair

Napa Town & Country Fair

Antelope Valley Fair

Monterey County Fair

Gold Country Fair

Santa Cruz Fair

San Benito County Fair


for more information about the circus:

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for booking info go our WEBSITE


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Stay tuned for the release of the 2012 Circus Imagination Schedule soon!

2011 Blog in review

Happy New Years Everybody! We wish you all the best! 2012 is here!

Gotta love WordPress! The best free blogs, the best service! Here’s the 2011 annual report they sent me today, I thought it would be fun to share!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Loose CannonBall

Dublin, California: Last Tuesday there was a cannonball running loose and this time it wasn’t ours! – J Our cannonballs are Human and a 100% safe, this story is about a real cannonball!

The Discovery Channel show “The MythBusters” was shooting a segment that involved firing a cannon, but something went wrong. For those of you that don’t know the show, they test theories and the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, internet videos and news stories. In my opinion, they basically make things and then blow them up.

It all took place at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department bomb range. Everything was going fine until they lit up the fuse and right before shooting the cannon ball, the whole cannon inclined up and they had a misfire. The cannonball was supposed to go through many barrels of water before hitting the bomb range. Instead it went over the barrels, over the concrete wall and smashed into a house, bounced on the asphalt and hit a minivan.

The people in the house were asleep when the cannon ball bounced through their living room. The minivan driver was inside the car when it all happened. He heard the window breaking, looked into the passenger seat and was completely speechless when he saw the cannonball just sitting there.

Nobody got hurt.

Figure 1 – AP Photo

In Circus Imagination our Cannon never misfires, but we do have some loose cannonballs sometimes, some wonder around the fair before their act is done, some get a little stage fright right before it’s time to go on… But we never had a “give up” one, there’s nothing that a good little talk with the Costumier won’t fix!

Well kids, remember if you ever see a gun – or a cannon – don’t touch it, don’t let your friends touch it, leave the area and go and tell an adult!

See you guys soon!

Lion Tamer


“I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.”
 George Bernard Shaw

Lion tamers have one of the most uncommon — and exciting — jobs on the planet. In order to become a lion tamer, you must have many years of experience and knowledge. You also need to live, breathe and love those animals like they’re your own family. Taking aside the fact they can decide to eat you at any given moment…

Curiosities About Lion Tamers

This dangerous profession requires that a person interacts face-to-face with big cats, including tigers, jaguars, and leopards as well as lions. These big carnivores cats weigh hundreds of pounds, and lion taming is offered as entertainment audiences at circuses. Below are some renowned “Lion Tamers” and a little about their doings.

George Wombwell

  • George Wombwell exhibited animals in menageries during the Victorian era in Britain. He was the founder of Wombwell’s Travelling Menagerie. Perhaps most notably, he raised the first lion in captivity in Britain.

Rose Flanders Bascom

  • Rose Flanders Bascom was a lion tamer in America in the early part of the 20th century. She entered circus life as a lion tamer seven years after marrying Alfred Bascom. A lion clawed her, which led to a fatal infection. She died in 1915, leaving behind her husband and a daughter named Agnes.

Jules Jacot

  • Jules Jacot tamed the fierce creatures at the St. Louis Zoo for the last 30 years of his life. This lion tamer was 81 when he died in 1971.

Thomas Beckerson

  • Lion taming was an unlikely profession for Thomas Beckerson, a botanist. While in Africa he became fascinated with lions. He took his lion taming skills to England during the Victorian era.

Animal Training

  • Lions and other wild cats cannot actually be tamed or domesticated, although they might be trained to do tricks. Before trainers can work with them, an animal must be “broken” by a person called a breaker. Breakers teach animals to be tolerant of humans who are near them and to respond to the breaker’s voice commands. Breakers are usually the animal trainers, because they have already begun work with the cats. These breakers need great focus and cannot let anything distract them from working with the animals. Animals are trained to perform after they have been broken.

Animal Treatment

  • Animals were sometimes treated cruelly in the past. Today’s animal trainers provide rewards to the cats who perform, respecting them as living creatures and recognizing them as individuals. Modern shows feature performances by cougars, leopards, jaguars and lions that are treated well.



The text underneath is an essay from the website

Pre-Logo-Election Circus Results

Be a Star at Circus Imagination!


Hello everybody! For those of you that don’t know, Circus Imagination has a poll open and an invitation to all Circus friends: Help us decide, pick your favorite logo!

So it seems that the Lion Head is winning the poll with 45% of the votes, followed by Cannon Ball with 30% of the votes, and in 3rd place is The Elephant with 25%.

We’ll keep accepting votes until December 1st, so if you want to vote again, go for it!

We will probably give the winner logo an “extreme makeover” once it’s picked, so expect a surprise even after the results come out!

Thank you for your votes!

See you later alligator!


Ringmaster Caton & Costumier Carolina


“The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.” — Henry Ward Beecher