Your weekend: The circus comes to town
No, I’m not making a crass political joke. This Friday afternoon, illusionist Alex Ramon, “Zingmaster” for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show ZING ZANG ZOOM, will be at the main branch of the Alameda Free Library.
Ramon is a native of Richmond who came by his love of his craft at age 13, after a colleague of his father’s showed him some tricks. Young Alex was so intrigued he spent hours working to learn the craft and perfect his technique.
His father took notice, and for Christmas that year, he bought Alex a 370-page magic book that allowed him to take his skills to the next level. Ramon then began performing, first for friends and family, then at a local restaurant. By age 16, he had won second place in a local magic competition and was making a name for himself here in the Bay Area.
Ramon has traveled the world as a magician, working for over two years with Mickey Mouse in two Disney shows before becoming “Zingmaster” of the Ringling Bros. show, which merges a traditional circus with the magic of … well … magic. The show centers around Ramon’s and his lovely assistant’s efforts to ward off Mr. Gravity and his team of “heavies” as they try to bring everybody down. (Apparently they make an elephant disappear, which sounds kind of cool.)
For his efforts, Ramon has earned the “coveted” Lance Burton Award as a teenage magic champ, the title of Best Stage Magician in the Bay Area and the National Stage Magic Champion Award.
Ramon’s free, 40-minute library appearance is set for 3:30 p.m. Friday, and it’s suitable for all school-age kids and their caregivers. Funding was made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Alameda Free Library.
The main library is at 1550 Oak Street. For more information, call 747-7705.