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Monday, March 24, 2014

Every day hump day at camel-loving circus

photo courtesy of ramos bros. circus
Jugglers perform during a Ramos Bros. Circus show.
from: bakersfieldcalifornian.com
Feb 28, 2014
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Spring is getting a head start this year and so is the circus: The Ramos Bros. big top has returned to the parking lot of Golden State Mall and will open for business today -- three months earlier than its 2013 Bakersfield stop.

David Wagaman, who handles publicity for the Twentynine Palms-based circus, said the 40 or so staffers have spent a couple of months working up new acts, which they just debuted in Moreno Valley in Southern California.

"It's a clean, beautiful show," said Wagaman, who has known the Ramos family for 40 years.

The circus specializes in trapeze and aerial acts, and features other standard big-top attractions like clowns and jugglers.

"The juggler is a very young guy and he's really full of energy and a very talented juggler," Wagaman said.

Another draw is the animals: llamas, horses, zebras, dogs and camels.

"Camels are wonderful in the ring. They've got that dumb look on their face, but they're very, very smart animals."

So smart, in fact, that one got loose a couple of years ago in Glendale, an escape that snarled traffic and made national news.

"The camel wasn't hurt," Wagaman said. "They just went right after the camel and got it right away."

The problem, he said, was that the animal didn't like her new handler, and camels, it seems, can be high-maintenance.

"The camels are both females, and last February I was with the circus in Las Vegas. Those two camels were in heat, and they were uncontrollable," said Wagaman, who sought to reassure Bakersfield visitors by noting the camel is back with the trainer she likes.

Beyond the fresh act, the Ramos Bros. Circus is showing off a new tent, which seats 1,000 audience members. The slow runs about two hours.


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