Visionaries, Businessmen & Artists
“Beginnings have never been easy”… These words were the foundation of a dream come true. Perseverance and hard work were the keys for achieving something that seemed impossible. Two brothers and a wish were more than enough to start a new life and an adventure that would last until today.
In December 1969, two brothers, Jose Guillermo and Rafael Vazquez opened the “Circo Hermanos Vazquez” for the first time in Xaloztoc, Mexico. With only a blue and white tarp handmade by Don Jesus Vazquez, Aurora Vazquez, Rafael Vazquez and José G. Vazquez, they started their new venture; the additional equipment was rented.
Performers in the first show were: Los Bautista (Polly and Coyol), Porki the clown, Rafael Marquez and sons, Luis and Yolanda Campa, and of course the Vazquez brothers on the steady bars, Aurora on the elastic rope and also in the ballet, Rafael as Pitibirrin the clown, and Jose Guillermo behind the scenes.
Decades Full of Memories
- Circo Hermanos Vazquez performs in Mexico City and its surroundings. They buy their first elephant, Berry.
- 1971 – Jose and Rafael split up. Rafael keeps the elephant and Jose keeps the tarp and a truck.
- 1975 – Jose G. Vazquez gets approval to present his show in “Buena Vista”, the best location in Mexico City. With a bigger tarp supported by 6 columns, the Vazquez brothers present for the first time the “American Circus”, which featured Jhonny Lam and his baby gorilla, the only in Mexico at the time, as their main attraction.
- 1976 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez presents “Planet of the Apes”, a production featuring acrobats and movie stunts. This production is invited to perform in two of the most popular TV shows in Mexico.
- 1977 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez production presents “Star Wars” and tours all around the Mexican Republic.
- Circo Hermanos Vazquez grows as a company and as a family. The new Vazquez generation is born: Guillermo Gina, Jose, Jesus, Ramon, Aurora and Aldo. This new family tours throughout Mexico, from Chiapas all the way to Baja California, and from Sinaloa to Veracruz.
- 1982 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez presents “Dracula”, the first show to feature a performer “flying within the Circo tent.
- 1985 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez presents “Tarzan”, in which performers wrestled with a crocodile on a glass water tank.
- 1987 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez returns to Mexico City, presenting their show on 3 different rings for the first time. They sign a contract with Televisa, a national TV chain, which lasted over a decade.
- Circo Hermanos Vazquez becomes one of the best circuses in Mexico.
- 1992 – The Vazquez brothers open a second circus, which embarks on a successful tour around Central America, including stops in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.
- 1993 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez tours for the first time in the United States, with a short season in Texas.
- 1995 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez returns to the U.S. extending their Texas tour for 3 months.
- 1996 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez returns for the third time to the U.S. staying in Texas for 8 months.
- 1998 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez is invited to perform in El Zocalo, Plaza de la Constitucion in Mexico City, becoming the first circus in the history of Mexico to do so.
- 2000 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez expands their tour in the U.S. to Arizona, New Mexico, California and Nevada.
- 2002 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez is invited to perform for the second time in El Zocalo, Plaza de la Constitucion.
- 2005 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez tours along the East Coast of the U.S. and opens in New York City for the first time.
- 2008 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez reaches Miami, Florida for the first time, and is invited to perform in National Hispanic TV chains.
- 2009 – Circo Hermanos Vazquez currently owns two units.