Do you believe in magic? You just might after witnessing the latest Circus Vargas production, Magikaria! Bay area families will enjoy elaborate illusions and spectacular acrobatic and aerial artistry that will inspire imaginations and create magical memories.
Yasmin Rivera is one of the amazing trapeze artists from Magikaria who took some time to answer questions from the Examiner:
Examiner: How old were you when you started training to be a performer?
Yasmin: The first time I went up on the trapeze I was two years old, although I was six the first time I actually performed on the flying trapeze. I did perform on the trampoline at two! I was always eager to perform and practice anything I could.
Examiner: How did you come to work with Circus Vargas?
Yasmin: After working with The Flying Tabares on Ringling Brothers, when they decided to buy and take over Circus Vargas they asked my husband Luis and I to come and be a part of the show since we both have many skills in different departments.
Examiner: What are your days like? Do you practice or work out every day?
Yasmine: I wake up and have coffee! Then I get my children ready for their gymnastics class, do a bit of office work, pick up the kids, get them ready for school, run some errands, then it's usually show time!
I do try to do some sort of workout daily, but it doesn't always happen. I think doing the Flying Trapeze helps to keep me in pretty good shape. I do try to eat healthy though so my weight can stay at a good level to be flying around being only suspended by my hands!
Examiner: How many shows do you do?
Yasmine: We usually have a 5 day work week, with 10 shows within those days.
Examiner: Have you ever been afraid for your safety?
Yasmine: When I was younger it was just exciting and I always thought "the higher the better". Now that I have 2 little children (Ariyana 7 and Luis Jr. 5) counting on me and needing their mom in their lives, I understand just how risky my work is and try and be as cautious as I can. I'd be lying if I said that I don't feel scared at times.
Examiner: What happens if you are sick or injured on a performance day?
Yasmine: In the circus business you hardly ever "call in sick". From a very young age you learn responsibility and the meaning of 'team work'. One person's absence from an act or number can affect everyone. So just a pounding headache or aches and pains (which are very common with such physical work) will not keep me out of the show. Of course, if I had a sickness or an injury that would put me or my partners in danger by working I would not perform. Our lives are too important.
From beginning to end Magikaria is magical. I love being a part of it all!
Your family can be a part of the magic this weekend in Oakland or next week in Vallejo. Show times are:
Oakland-1-880 at Zhone Way
Fri. September 13: 5:00 and 8:00
Sat. September 14: 5:00 and 8:00
Sun. September 15: 4:00 and 7:00
Mon. September 16: 7:00
Vallejo-Solano County Fairgrounds
Thu. September 19: 8:00
Fri. September 20: 5:00 and 8:00
Sat. September 21: 5:00 and 8:00
Sun. September 22: 4:00 and 7:00
Mon. September 23: 7:00
Be sure to arrive thirty minutes before show time to meet the cast and create your own magic under the big top with host Jon Weiss. The pre-show party includes a crash course of circus skill and magic, where you can try your hand at juggling, hula hooping, balancing and more. Tickets are available online.