Under the Big Top with the Cole Bros. Circus
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“The Big Top is definitely the heart of our mobile community,” explained Connors, “and our circus family puts it on loan every day, giving performances so that people along the circus route can bring their families to visit our home and experience the magic of the circus.”
Circus tradition remains central to Cole Bros. longevity. The cannonball routine, which closes each show, is one of the circus’ big draws. José Bermudez, The Human Cannonball, bursts from the barrel of what is The World’s Largest Cannon, according to Cole Bros. lore, as he quickly travels across the Big Top. He accelerates at 5 g-force as he traverses a treacherous trajectory filled with cables and rigging. To achieve a safe landing, he must maneuver his body to reduce velocity and avoid catastrophic, immediate deceleration.
The ThunderDrome is another favorite. A family of three intrepid motorcycle riders —Eric, Anthony and Wendy — brave a spinning contraption with their motorcycles doing tricks all at the same time.
Of course, the circus wouldn’t be complete without animal antics, and, naturally the Cole Bros. has its share. Vicenta Pages debuts in center ring this year, where her parents met three decades ago, with her impressive white tigers. Argentina’s Fassio
Family and their captivating canines — elegant Afghans, loveable St. Bernards and a mighty Chihuahua, delight everyone.
“This show has something for everyone,” said Kaplan. “And we are all so happy to be here performing for our audiences.”
Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars
Eisenhower Park: Now through July 7, times vary. $16, reserved seat upgrade $4, VIP seat upgrade, $7. Free tickets for children available at www.gotothecircus.com.
Fireman’s Memorial Field, Oceanside: July 29-July 31, 5 and 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Oceanside Fire Headquarters, 65 Foxhurst Rd., Oceanside. Tickets can also be purchased at www.tickets.com or (888) 332-5200, or at the Cole Bros. Circus Box Office, open 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on show days.
Sponsored by Oceanside Fire Companies, at Firemen’s Memorial Field, Mott St. off Long Beach Rd.