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The Circus Came To Town

Our friend John wanted to become a professional clown. Back in the fall of 2012 he started a crowdfunding campaign to help him achieve his dream.  Send John to Clown School! No, Really… 

John was asking for $1600, and in just one month raised $1750! We donated $5 and for that we got a very generous hug 🙂

Now John and his wife, the lovely, Clara work for the Kelly Miller Circus, a one ring, big top travelling circus. We went after our daughter got out of school on June 12th, drove down to Browns Mills, NJ and had ringside seats, courtesy of John and Clara. Unfortunately we missed the tiger and a couple of other acts. Our daughter had never been to a big top circus before and this was truly a wonderful treat! I only brought my Canon 7D with just one lens, the Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8, no flash and a tiny Canon S100 point and shoot cameras. 

John is now the main clown act for them, his clown name is J.P. Ballyhoo and his routines were wonderful and really funny! Everyone was laughing and having a good time. 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Red, White and Blue Mixed Animal Revue
Carolyn Rice’s – Llamas, dogs and goats.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Silly Strongman Shenanigans
J.P. Ballyhoo 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Balancing Beyond Belief
From Lima, Peru – Fridman Torales

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Come to the Carousel
     A kaleidoscopic display of aerial artistry. Featuring – Rebecca Ostroff. Devised and developed by Danny and Tavana Brown.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

During intermission, my husband, David, went on his very first elephant ride with our daughter.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Ballistic Bouncing
From Ethiopia – Abrham Gebre. 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Queen of the Air
The Legendary Rebecca Ostroff.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Amazing African Amalgamation
Liberty Camels and Zebras. Trained and presented by Mike Rice.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Fishing Foolishness
J.P. Ballyhoo

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Ponderous Performing Pachyderms
Presented by Armando Loyal.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Spectacular Pyrotechnics
The Human Volcano – Lamount.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

From where I was positioned(our daughter was right next to me) you could feel the heat like an inferno coming from his mouth! She loved it!

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Here we are meeting up with John, Claire with us and my dad. This and the next two images were shot using my Canon S100 camera. 

Here’s that “hug”!

Jayden got to meet Lamount A.K.A. The Human Volcano, she was really excited to chat with him!

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

David and Jayden joined other children for a camera ride with The Human Volcano.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Bouncy House Badness!

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

Spotted this young couple as they waited for their food to be ready.

Thank you John and Claire for the tickets! We cannot wait for you all to come back to our area again!