FAMILY BUSINESS: Francisco, Jonathan, Susana, Francisco Jr and Priscila Reyes are members of the Circus Royale performing at the Grafton Showground.
FAMILY BUSINESS: Francisco, Jonathan, Susana, Francisco Jr and Priscila Reyes are members of the Circus Royale performing at the Grafton Showground. Adam Hourigan

Circus family love their life

THE bright lights, wafting scent of popcorn and jaw-dropping feats of the big top have left many a star-crossed child with visions of running away to the circus.

No-one in the Reyes family has ever had that inkling though; the circus is all they've ever known.

The eldest of three, sixteen year-old contortionist Susana, started performing with her South American parents since she took to the ring with a hula-hooping act at the age of two.

Her brothers, Jonathan, 11, and Francisco, 15, are some of the best jugglers circus owner Damian Syred has ever seen.

Life in the circus has taken them to places other children can only dream of, but being on the road makes it hard for them to go to school and meet other kids their age.

"We didn't know any English when we came to Australia," Jonathan said.

"There's no kids here so when I'm bored now I just go talk to the people."

Father Francisco understands where his son is coming from; he himself was born into the circus, just like his own father, a trapeze artist, and his magician grandfather before him.

It is only natural that the circus clown also fell in love with wife, aerial artist Priscila, on the flying trapeze.

"I was in Chile and I said to my friend is it possible to go practice, and she was up there."

Having been in Australia for two years now, the Reyes family become an integral part of the wider Circus Royale family.

The Circus Royale will be in Grafton until March 8.

IT'S SHOWTIME

Circus Royale shows: March 6, 7.30pm

March 7, 4pm and 7.30pm

March 8, 11am

Tickets start from $15.



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