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California Mid-Winter Fair

Hello everybody! Circus Imagination is getting ready to start our first fair of the season! It’s the California Mid-Winter Fair (March 2nd -11th) the theme is Tropical Nights & Carnival Lights and a little bird told me there are over 500,000 LED lights in the carnival this year! Looking forward to some bright nights! The fair is located at 200 East Second Street in Imperial, CA  92251. For more information about the fair click http://www.ivexpo.com or call the main office at 760.355.1181.


Below is the official Circus Imagination Daily Show Schedule for the 2012 California Mid-Winter Fair!


Friday, March 2nd: 12:30 PM, 2:30PM & 5:30PM.

Saturday, March 3rd: 2:30PM, 4PM, 5:30PM & 7PM.

Sunday, March 4th: 2PM, 4PM & 7PM.

Monday, March 5th: 5:30PM & 7PM.

Tuesday, March 6th: 4:30PM & 6:30PM.

Wednesday, March 7th: 11:30AM*, 4:30PM & 6PM.

Thursday, March 8th: 11:30AM*, 4:30PM & 6PM.

Friday, March 9th: 4:30PM & 6:30PM.

Saturday, March 10th: 2:30PM, 4PM, 5:30PM & 7PM.

Sunday, March 11th: 2:30PM, 4:30PM & 6:30PM.


* School Tours & Special People Visit


Stay tuned because this week we are inaugurating our new costumes and we also have new acts! I’ll post all the pictures here throughout the week!

See you later alligator!

2012 Schedule

Schedule: Circus







March 2nd – Fri

March 11th – Sun

California Mid Winter Fair

Imperial, CA


April 3rd – Tue

April 8th – Sun

Yuma County Fair

Yuma, AZ


April 11th – Wed

April 15th – Sun

Maricopa County Fair

Phoenix, AZ



May 2nd – Wed

May 6th – Sun

Merced Spring Fair

Los Banos, CA


May 16th – Wed

May 20th – Sun

Chowchilla County Fair

Chowchilla, CA


May 24th – Thu

May 28th – Mon

Sacramento County Fair

Sacramento, CA



May 31st – Thu

June 3rd – Sun

Contra Costa County Fair

Antioch, CA




June 7th – Thu

June 10th – Sun

Colusa County Fair




June 30th – Sat

July 5th – Thu

Napa County Fair

Calistoga, CA



July 4th – Wed

World One Festival

El Cerrito, CA


July 18th – Wed

July 22nd – Sun

Lassen County Fair

Susanville, CA



August 1st – Wed

August 5th – Sun

Yuba Sutter Fair

Yuba City, CA



August, 8th – Wed

August 12th – Sun

Napa Town & Country Fair

Napa, CA


August 17th – Fri

August 26th – Sun

Antelope Valley Fair

Lancaster, CA


August 29th – Wed

September 3rd – Mon

Monterey County Fair

Monterey, CA




September 6th – Thu

September 9th – Sun

Gold Country Fair

Auburn, CA




September 11th – Tue

September 16th – Sun

Santa Cruz County Fair

Santa Cruz, CA


September 20th – Thu

September 30th – Sun

San Joaquin County Fair


Stockton, CA



October, 6th – Sat

October 14th – Sun

Southern California Fair

Perris, CA



The Lion Transformation

Calistoga,CA: Hello everybody! Hope everything is going great for you guys in 2012! It’s time to update Circus Imagination! We are always improving little things here and there around the circus set, but this winter we have been 100% dedicated to making the circus more magical by making the costumes more believable, more colorful, fuzzier and cozier!

There’s just so much going on right now at the exciting Circus Imagination Factory that I don’t even know where to start! So I decided to take one improvement at a time and now you’ll see our new lion costume!

After many trips to stores like Jo Ann Fabrics and Micheal’s we finally decided on the fabrics and materials to use, the pattern is from Simplicity 8222, mascot costumes, which unfortunately is discontinued, but it can still be found online. The difficulty level I would say “lots of patience” and there’s a lot of hand sewing involved, but the results are definitely worth the trouble!

Oh I can’t wait to see the kids faces this year when they see our new costumes! It’s going to be soooo exciting I can barely wait!

Below is a brief step by step picture show and tell.

Figure 1 – First Cut All the pieces – 48 TOTAL

Figure 2 – Then sandwich foam between layers of fabric, all pieces of the 3d puzzle!

Figure 3 – The front of the face gets put together first!

Figure 4 – Then the back of the head gets attached, see the fuzzy mane underneath?

Figure 5 – Now comes the hard part, inside out, attach the mane all around!

Figure 6 – Almost ready, still missing whiskers and eyebrows!

Figure 7 – Here is our old head on the left and the prototype for the new one on the right!

Figure 8 – And here is the full costume!

Figure 9 – Roooarr!!

Stay tuned with our blog and soon see the new bear costume, new tiger costume and, of course, the 2012 Circus Imagination Summer Schedule!

See you later alligator!


Costumier Carolina

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:

read more in our BLOG https://circusimagination.wordpress.com


for booking info go our WEBSITE www.circusimagination.com


find us on FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/CircusImagination


find us on YouTube www.youtube.com/Circusimagination




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.

sources: ehow.com, about.com


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