Roberto Osorio has been running Circus Osorio with his two brothers for close to 20 years.

Circus Osorio has rich family history

The family-run circus has set their bigtop up in Port Alberni for the first time ever.

A Las Vegas based circus rich with family history has set up their bigtop in Port Alberni for the first time ever.

The animal-free, human acrobatic show is run by brothers, Roberto, Franciso and Leoncio Osorio, and will be in town on Thursday, July 14 through Monday, July 18.

Circus Osorio began more than 100 years ago when Roberto Osorio’s great, great-grandfather ran away  to join the circus after falling in love with a trapeze girl who came to his town in Mexico to perform.

“Three times his father brought him back from doing that,” Osorio said. “On the third try they stuck him in the Mexican military for a three year stint, which was good for him because it taught him how to read and write.”

This was in the late 1800’s and Osorio said once his great, great-grandfather got out of the army he never looked back and followed his passion for the circus.

Osorio’s father, Herminio Osorio, took over the family business, with his brothers, and began running one of the oldest circuses in Mexico that has been in existence for more than 90 years.

“Fast forward a couple more years and my father brought us up to the states to become doctors and lawyers. He didn’t want us to be in the circus anymore,” Osorio said.

Osorio’s mother, Rosabelia, was an American citizen who immigrated the family to San Antonio, Texas in attempts to live the American dream.

Herminio Osario got a job as a mechanic but would continue to practice circus tricks in their backyard. One day a Polish neighbor of the Osorio’s came by the house and warned Herminio that his kids could get into trouble in the United States if they are given too much freedom. The neighbor said he saw an add in the local newspaper that a trampoline was being given away for free and offered to help the family pick it up.

The Osorio brothers began learning how to do acrobatics in the backyard and eventually began working with various circuses around the United States as high-wire performers.

After close to 18 years performing on the high wire, The Osorio brothers ended their career with Circus Circus in Las Vegas, which was considered a very prestigious circus.

“We worked there for about 10 years and we decided when they transferred us to Vegas that we were going to open up our own circus here in the States and now it’s been about 20 years,” Osorio said.

Osorio now does magic, with assistance from his 12-year-old niece, in the show while also running the day-to-day operations for the circus.

Shows will take place weekday evenings with matinees at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are available around town and at the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, which is co-sponsoring the event with the city’s parks, recreation and heritage department.

 

karly.blats@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

 

Just Posted

Stolen property recovered at Dry Creek Park

Port Alberni RCMP are looking for owners of the recovered items

Cyclist hits semi and walks away in Port Alberni

Collision occurred at 3rd Avenue and Redford Street

Smoking ban arrives on BC Ferries

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries enacts smoking ban

Alberni’s marine SAR unit relies on volunteers, local donors to stay afloat

Unit’s vessel will need retrofit, boat shed in next few years

Island Health issues boil water advisory for Cherry Creek, near Port Alberni

Island Health has issued a boil water advisory for the entire Cherry… Continue reading

Port Alberni hit with 100mm of rain

Heavy rain and wind leads to minor flooding conditions

Cyclist hits semi and walks away in Port Alberni

Police give bike rider ticket for carelessness

Road conditions wreak havoc for Comox Valley drivers

Icy road conditions early Monday morning kept first responders very busy throughout… Continue reading

Brother of B.C. teen killed by stray bullet says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down in Vancouver while on his way home from dinner with his family

Movie filmed in Castlegar B.C. opens Friday

Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron will be playing in select cinemas.

Cougar window shops at Banff grocery store

An RCMP officer spots a cougar outside an Alberta grocery store

VIDEO: Massive waves destroy chunks of Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail

Some viewpoints will be closed for the foreseeable future because you won’t even know they were there

Tofino and Ucluelet wowed by biggest waves in a decade

“Even in pictures you show the kids and that, unless you’re witnessing it live, it’s like no other.”

Police fear fewer fentanyl imports don’t signal the end of the overdose crisis

RCMP say it’s just as likely that criminal are getting more clever

Most Read