PASO ROBLES – Elaborate illusions, death-defying daredevil stunts and unbelievable feats of acrobatics are promised as a fourth generation family circus sets up a big tent circus at the Paso Robles Municipal Airport from April 20 to 23. This is the first time American Crown Circus and Circo Osorio, a classic-style circus based out of Las Vegas, is performing at the Paso Robles Airport, thanks to the coordination efforts of PR Airport Manager Roger Oxborrow.
Circo Osorio Owner Frank Osorio who, for years, amazed audiences in a Circus Circus Las Vegas high wire act he would perform with his brothers, said the other main highlight for this performance is the international talent coming from Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. Though they come from afar, Osorio said that every country has just about the same name for the circus, so everybody around the world understands what a circus will bring.
“No matter what background you come from, and no matter what language you speak, it’s all the same,” Osorio said. “If you look at the word ‘Circus’ in English, it’s the same as ‘Cirque’ in French and Russian and ‘Circo’ in Spanish.”
“It’s a celebration of the North American continent,” Osorio said of the new circus theme. “These are all acts that have never been in the U.S. This is their first time.”
Osorio said he never tires of seeing children with their mouths wide open in complete awe, watching his travelling circus performers “blow their minds.” Yet he said the circus his family brings to Paso Robles is designed for adults too. He said beyond what the children tend to like — the funny clowns, cotton candy and sno cones — are acts so entertaining the adults will have the same experience as the kids.
“It’s like the old saying in the circus, ‘Be a kid again,’” Osorio said, comparing watching his circus as an adult to the Tom Hanks movie “Big.”
He said, “We have whole generations of families that actually come to the circus. They came when they were little kids. And then they grow up and have their kids come to the circus too. Every year or every other year we play their town, they always come back and bring their kids.”
Osorio said in a time when children are hooked on video games, computers and their smartphones, he likes to think this form of live entertainment will bring them back to life. He said it’s nice to see whole families together at the circus, like the old ‘family dinner table’ of yesteryears.
“It brings people together,” he said.
The Osorio family is celebrating 91 years of entertainment. Osorio said the circus, which is one of three circuses his family owns, was originally started by his grandfather in Mexico in 1927. The big top circus still remains a family-run operation. His brothers, sister, daughter and nieces all work in the circus. And though the circus adds modern touches with lighting and sound, it still remains true to the historical travelling circus-style and big-top tent setting. To see the aerial artists and tumbling acrobats, up close, Osorio recommends arriving 30 to 45 minutes early to secure the best seats, as seating is first come, first served.
Tickets, available on https://americancrowncircustickets.com/event/Paso-Robles78 or at the door, are $25 for general admission (11 years and up). Each general admission ticket will automatically include two children (1 to 10 years old). Each additional child is $10. Shows will be Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m; Saturday, April 21 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m; Sunday, April 22 at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m; and Monday at 7 p.m. inside the castle big top at the Paso Robles Airport, 4912 Wing Way, Paso Robles.
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