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The Umbrellas clown thanks Saint Genesius for that day when his leg went numb and the wire got so tense it broke. Fortunately, the Twisted clown who was passing near by took him upon himself so he didn’t even got hurt, and now they are inseparable.

Huamantla, Tlaxcala, 2011

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I, Anacleto Coloyo Meras, thank Saint Daniel for he got me out of gigolo and I’ve become a lion tamer.

Michoacan, Mexico, 1990

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I thank Saint Charbel because the day I fell from an air balloon, a Lebanese circus came to my town Tehuixtla, Morelos, and not only I was saved but could watch the show for free.

Casimiro Caigut Zerutik
October 7, 1930

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In 2018 James Eddy joined the circus as a funambulist. Funambulism is the skill of maintaining balance while walking along a tensioned wire between two anchored points. In order to perfect his skill James began to practice his high wire act atop craggy mountain tops blanketed in snow and shimmering blue ice. One morning he was as high as a kite when ice crystals suddenly formed on his wire causing him to lose his footing and descend into a deep canyon terminating into a fiery pit near the center of the earth. James was badly hurt and hardly able to walk on his own for more than a year. His situation became dire and he knew he was in too deep so he petitioned San Mateo Gonzalez, Esq. for assistance. Mateo summoned two of his search and rescue apostles, W. Leigh and M. Hinckley, and the team sprang into action. They crossed over the blue ice fields and scaled the craggy mountain peaks before calling out to James and throwing him a life-line. James was dazed and confused but he grabbed onto the rope and began his slow ascent out of the black hole and towards the light at the end of the deep tunnel. This retablo was offered in commemoration of his miracle.

San Francisco, California. 2020

I thank God and Saint Thomas Aquinas for I was removed from my bed to become the main grace of the circus. Because I was rescued like Rapunzel, now I have a job and I could get out of my depression showing that God loves everything that exists.

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My son Arturo tried to emulate the deeds of his father—Captain Danger. He prepared an act with a cannonball shot to his chest. I was afraid it was going to kill him or break all his ribs. I entrusted him to Saint Rita, and she protected him, and he had a great success with his act. Now he is inundated with offers from the best circuses.

July 12, 1955

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Almost all women in our family have beards. That’s why my sister and I grew up as circus freaks and married ugly men. We got tired of our destiny and began to perform as dancers. We shaved, we divorced, and we have great success. We thank the Virgin of San Juan.

Jalisco, 1962

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The monkey tugged my beard when Saint Lazarus appeared to tame this beast. I thank with this exvoto. I, the Bearded woman of the circus.

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Virgin of San Juan, thank you for appearing in the circus when a very horny horse jumped on Bigbooty the clown. I, Panfilo de Narvaez, implored you so that the children wouldn’t see such a grotesque scene.

Guadalajara, Jalisco, 1920

I, Casimira Sanchez, thank Saint Francis of Assisi because my husband won the booby prize with me. Being so excited in the circus he didn’t even see that a dark black man who stayed near me touched my hand and that three our kids look like him.

Huimanguillo, Tabasco, 2011

Virgin of Guadalupe, may you be blessed for letting me to be triumphant here in the circus performing my deadly act with the lion after falling down in an attempt. Here I’m giving you thanks.

Lupe N. The Untamable
Mexico, 1997

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Modesto Perez, an animal tamer by profession, I thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for nothing bad happened to me when an elephant went mad. I was in deadly danger, but entrusted myself to her and here I am alive to tell her thanks.

Circus “Cosmos”, Mexico, 1950

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Virgin of San Juan, I offer you this exvoto for protecting me from dying when I was trying my luck and fell off the camel. I’m grateful for that.

Julieta Molina, the Untamable
April 1996, Chetumal

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