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I would like to find the exact date and location of an incident which happened during the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, 107th Edition in the summer of 1977. Possibly in Englewood, CA during July 19th – Aug.3, 1977 or in Oakland, CA during August 23-30th, in which the circus performer, Daniel Acosta, of the Carrillo Brothers’ Tight rope act, fell during one of their performances. This was very serious due to the 42 ft. height with no net. Daniel did survive the incident at that time, but I would like to know the exact date and location of the incident, since there was no record of this event recorded at the Circus World Museum. Thank you for any information you can provide.

Sincerely, Theresa Hammill

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Were you able to find the information that you requested? If not please let me know as I am sure that I can be a great help to you. Pedro Carrillo is my father and I can reach him much easier than I can my brother Pedro Jr. as he has been in Europe for some time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

Sincerely, Ray Carrillo

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Pedro Carrillo, Sr. may still be in the circus business. His son is currently with Big Apple Circus and might provide a telephone number. Through networking a conversation with Pedro, Sr. might be arranged. I’m certain that he’ll remember the incident. The local newspapers usually cover such accidents and they could also be checked. Often the newspapers can be obtained via interlibrary loan. The library in the city in question might have a clipping file with circus entries, if there was no record there, then the next place to look is the local newspapers.

Fred Dahlinger, Jr., Director of Historic Resources and Facilities, Circus World Museum.

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