The incidents of Art per citizen in San Miguel is extraordinary.  How can all this Art happen in San Miguel, in just one week?

Classical Guitar Concert
CD Release: Dreams
Guillermo Ascencio Ramirez
Tue, Mar 24, 8pm
Teatro Santa Ana
70 pesos

Junta Flamenca
Anís and Yerbabuena
Fri, Mar 20, 5pm
Fri, Mar 27, 1:30pm
Teatro Santa Ana
Biblioteca Pública
Reloj 50A
200 pesos

Kitty and Lina
Wed–Sat, Apr 1–4, 8pm
Sun, Apr 5, 5pm
Teatro Santa Ana
Biblioteca Pública
Reloj 50A
100 pesos

Spiritual Cinema Series
Tuesdays with Morrie
Wed, Mar 25, 5pm
Teatro Santa Ana
Biblioteca Pública
Insurgentes 25
50 pesos

Adam Smith used the concept of the Invisible Hand to explain how goods and services became available in a market economy, without any central directing force but economics can’t be applied to art.  That would be crass.  Art can never be reduced to the commercial.  There has to be an intelligence behind all the entertainment and art in San Miguel. Someone has to be co-ordinating the range from street performers to opera singers and actors.  There has to be a force, not unlike the Wizard of Oz, that is responsible for keeping the entertainment coming to San Miguel each and every day of the year.

And there is the – Ringmaster of San Miguel


Shadow of the Ringmaster

The Ringmaster of San Miguel is so busy, every day, that all we ever see of them is their Shadow moving quickly to actualize art in San Miguel.


The Shadow and the Bag


The Shadow


The Ringmaster

The unknown, unnamed Ringmaster is responsible for introducing all the acts that appear in San Miguel and will, on occasion guide, the audience through entertainment experience.   In particular, they start the San Miguel Clap.  This is a polite, one hand in the palm clap that accompanies every single public action in San Miguel.  It is totally unrelated to the quality of the act nor the appropriateness of the act.  Everyone gets a clap in San Miguel – even language instructors.

The Ringmaster is the hardest working person in San Miguel.  Some much art so little time.  The goal of the Ringmaster is to the denizens of San Miguel so busy with the Arts that they don’t realize where they are.

This list was found in the Jardin and only gives a hint of the Art Fun planned for San Miguel.  Harry’s is a good place to see some of this.

  • Aerial straps
  • Acrobalance
  • acrobatics
  • adagio
  • Aerial Hoop (Lyra, circeaux)
  • Animal training
  • Artistic cycling
  • Balancing
  • Banquine
  • Bearded Lady
  • Bed of nails
  • Blade box
  • Buffoonery
  • Bullwhip
  • Bungee trapeze
  • Chinese poles
  • Camels
  • Cigar box (juggling)
  • Cloud swing (Mexican cloud swing)
  • Clowning
  • Flag Spinning
  • Contact juggling
  • Contortion
  • Corde lisse (vertical rope, smooth rope)
  • Cradle
  • Danish pole
  • Devilstick
  • Diabolo
  • Electric act
  • Elephant presenting
  • Fat lady
  • Fire breathing
  • Fire dancing
  • Fire eater
  • Fire-twirling
  • Flea circus
  • Flying trapeze
  • Free standing ladder
  • Freak show
  • German Wheel (Rhonrad, Gym Wheel)
  • Glass eating
  • Glass walking
  • Globe of death
  • Group pyramids
  • Gurner
  • Hair Hang (Hair suspension, hairhang, hair hanging)
  • Handstand
  • Hand walking
  • Hat manipulation
  • Heshe
  • Hoop diving
  • Hula hoop and other hoop spinning
  • Human blockhead
  • Human cannonball
  • Icarian Games
  • Impalement arts
  • Knife throwing
  • Iron tongue
  • Jitter rings
  • Juggling (balls, clubs, rings, etc)
  • Jump Rope / Double Dutch
  • Lasso
  • Magic acts
  • Mental flossing
  • Midgets
  • Mime
  • Monkeys
  • Multiple trapeze
  • Museum
  • Parkour
  • Pedal go
  • Perch (Equilibristic)
  • Physical comedy
  • Pickled punks
  • Piercing acts
  • Plate spinning
  • Poi Swinging
  • Ponies
  • Powertrack / Tumbletrak
  • Puppetry
  • Rebound straps
  • Rola Bola
  • Rolling globe
  • Roman Ladders
  • Roue cyr
  • Russian bar
  • Russian swing
  • Shaker Cup Manipulation
  • Silks (tissues)
  • Snake charmer
  • Spanish web
  • Springboard
  • Stage combat
  • Static trapeze
  • Stilt walking
  • Strongman
  • Suspension act (AKA Hook Hang act)
  • Sword swallowing
  • Teeterboard/Korean Plank
  • Tight-rope (tight or slack rope walking)
  • Trampoline
  • Trapeze
  • Trick riding
  • Tumbling
  • Unbreakable hands
  • Unicycle
  • Ventriloquism
  • Voltge
  • Whistling
  • Wire (harness)
  • Wheel of Death