Face paint, red noses and oversized shoes are all necessary tools of the trade for circus clowns, but performers for Circus Vargas said something else is also required: Heart.
"If they don't have it here in their heart and they don't have the timing down in their head, they're not a clown," said Jon Weiss, a circus performer with more than 25 years of experience. "Clowns are the backbone of the circus," he told the North County Times.
The circus's big top will be arriving in Vista next week, with performances beginning on Thursday, in a big top that will go up just off Highway 78 near Vista Village Drive and Hacienda Drive.
Circus Vargas is based in Apple Valley but travels throughout California putting on more than 300 performances each year. The troupe will perform 10 shows over five days in Vista before moving on to Mira Mesa and Temecula later in the month, the paper reported.
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