Category Archives: Circus Thoughts

“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

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!

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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.

    
sources: ehow.com, about.com

 

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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

 

Vote on the Circus logo!

Auburn,CA: Hello everybody! We need your help!

We are designing a new logo for Circus Imagination, and we would like your help to decide which one is the best! Since we made all 3 of them we think they are all so cute it’s impossible for us to choose one!

So take a good look at them on the picture below and decide for us!

 

Answer the poll!

Thank you!

See you soon!

Ringmaster Caton & Costumier Carolina

Circus Imagination says HI to the world!

Hello World! We are so happy to be here! This blog is going to be the eyes and ears of Circus Imagination. Here we plan to share with all our fans not only our shows schedule but also pictures, thoughts and ideas. And if that’s not enough for you check us out at http://www.circusimagination.com!
Do you know what Circus Imagination is? Let me give you a little heads up: We are a traveling children participatory circus, striving to get kids away from televisions and video games by encouraging them to play outside using their imaginations.
Well this is it for now, I’ll leave you guys with a Dr. Seuss thought: “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
See you soon!
The fun has just begun!