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Mexico’s tight-knit community of family-owned circuses, whose big tops seem like a midcentury relic compared with the glittering spectacle that most Americans know, is on the defensive, arguing that a cherished Mexican tradition would vanish and tens of thousands of people, many of them the working poor, would be thrown out of work.
The animal portion makes up less than a quarter of the fast-paced show, which is just under two hours. At the end, beaming children cluster around the Fuentes brothers in the lobby as parents snap photographs.
Bebeto Fuentes will do it all again in an hour for the second show of the night, as he will for as long as the circus survives.
“The day things go bad,” he said, “my animals will eat before I do.”