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Our Circus Family

// Author: Annetta Lucero // 5 Comments

Family Circus

“What is it like to live as a circus family?”
When people ask me this question I’m sure they are anticipating exciting and bizarre stories involving crazy ring-masters, forbidden romance, death defying stunts, hair-raising accidents & injuries, heroic physical feats, contortionists, jugglers, clowns, and a bit of magic.
I will not disappoint them.

Noah and I formed our circus company, Terminal Circus, nearly 5 years ago.  It came on the heels of my escape from the confines of an abusive marriage to a most controlling ring-master.  Our  forbidden romance blossomed as we created acts together and began flying all over the Hawaiian Islands, and the world, for circus jobs of every variety.  We began the company as a duo, but as the children grew they wanted in on the action.  Our greatest death-defying stunt was performed by my 16 year old son, Jaidon, when he peacefully took his last breath, leaving us to applaud his magnificence with an ovation that will never end.   Only 3 weeks after Jaidon’s final act, I was in a hair-raising accident caused by a teenaged driver.  Although my injuries were considered catastrophic, I have recovered in only two and a half years, a heroic physical feat indeed.  Our family members all work together on a daily basis, bending with greater flexibility than any contortionist in order to help one another experience the fullness of each day.  As Noah and I juggle life’s many responsibilities, we are always aware that we live a life of abundant love, surrounded by color, artistry, laughter, ridiculousness and kindness.  We are a family that is living each moment as it comes, relishing the exquisite beauty and handling the unexpected horror that can occur at any time during an unpredictable act with no safety net.
What is it like to live as circus family?
Like you are squished in with people you love…  laughing, shoving, adjusting, throwing popcorn, squealing, honking, and driving around and around in a car full clowns.
There is more than a bit of magic in every moment.

Terminal Circus Website



  1. Valdeane Odachi - February 1, 2014 4:47 am

    Well, you were definitely walking on a tightrope of danger over a pool of piranhas, alligators, sharks and snakes during your last relationship! Glad your circus life is much more pleasantly entertaining now…

  2. Laura Sage - February 1, 2014 8:19 am

    Annetta, you continue to amaze and inspire me daily more than just about anyone else ever has. Your inner strength and adherence to the space you’re in with the visual acuity to see the beauty in that space coupled with the drive, strength, and hope carries beauty to even the darkest of spaces where others might see none. You remind me that I have my feet even when my back hurts – I still have my feet, and those feet can carry me to fantastical places. You remind me that I have my hands, and I can climb, and though I was told by Doctor after Doctor that I would never heal, I still did, and used those hands to climb to the top of the silks and tap the hook by the ceiling time and time again – each time for a Doctor who told me I couldn’t. You remind me not to give up when my body gets tired or the world tells me I can’t. You have done the greatest of things – You have inspired me to do more than even I thought possible, and I Thank You.

  3. Melissa Gettler - February 1, 2014 8:25 am

    I can’t even imagine having a circus life! Thanks so much for sharing! Love to you and your family.

  4. anita - February 1, 2014 9:12 am

    Reading all your circus stores gives me the feeling I’m waking this life with you.
    I’ve never seen a live performance but the way you’re describing it makes me feel I’m right in it. And I love it.
    It’s a roller coaster of tears of happiness, sadness, grief, laughter and more.
    There is never a dull moment in your life. Even the hardest times you’ll turn into something positive.

  5. Guido van Gent - February 1, 2014 9:33 am

    I love your life. Although i might live a completely different life, it gives so much inspiration on the view of life and what it is all about. Thank you for presenting that, so i can learn from it and use examples of it in my real life. Thank you.