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Tony Hernandez -- Circus Legends


Tony Hernandez -- Circus Legends

About the Author: Tony Hernandez is a photographer/ writer/ actor/ producer/ director who was also born and raised in the circus. Born into a large family of acrobats and jugglers, Tony was a performer from the age of two years old in the Hernandez Troupe teeterboard act. At six years old he was featured on hit TV shows including Captain Kangaroo, Kid’s World and many others. A few years later Tony lived on a circus train and toured the country performing with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus for 5 years. Most notably working with the world famous Wallenda family on the highwire performing the 8 person pyramid in Japan for the Guinness Book of World Records, as well as creating the highwire act in the hit Las Vegas show Absinthe, (where he once carried Neal Patrick Harris on his shoulders across the highwire). Eventually Tony moved towards acting and directing becoming a company member of the renowned Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, where he acted in numerous productions and he co-created two acclaimed circus infused productions, Hephaestus, and Cascabel with Chef Rick Bayless (co-directed with Heidi Stillman). In New York City, Tony acted in Lookingglass Alice on Broadway, served as the resident Artistic Director for the Tony Award winning Pippin the Musical and was the circus consultant for Broadway Tony Award winning musical On the Town. Tony now spends time between Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Sarasota focusing on writing producing and photography.  Whether in theatre, film, books or photography, Tony aims to shine a spotlight on the wonderful circus world in which he was raised.
About the book Circus Legends: Who They Were Who They Are: A coffee-table book, a sort of “then & now” of wonderful retired Circus Legends, all recently photographed by photographer and fellow circus performer Tony  Hernandez. This book pays tribute to some of the circus  greats from the golden age of the circus, including amazing rare photos of the artists in action in their heyday. This full color book, spans nearly a century of circus life from the golden age of circus, to now. Also included: A fun one of a kind "Circus-Lingo-Pedia" explaining some of the fun mysterious circus language, and sayings, with never before seen photos.

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