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No one knows from where the members of Cirque du Habaleeno originate. Sightings of this mythical circus in countries like France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Armenia, Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Palestine date back to as far as 1915. Whenever Cirque du Habaleeno visited a city its population of stray cats and dogs started to dwindle. There were also some cases of missing individuals. Police authorities weren’t able to link the bizarre happenings and disappearances to the members of the circus. In 1977 and after digging through his grandfather’s belongings Gerard Sova found 10 line art portraits of Cirque du Habaleeno performers. His grandfather Mikhail V. Derida was an avid comic artist and a commercial illustrator. Along with these portraits Gerard also found his grandfather’s leather bound memoires that were entitled The Scribblings of a Smelly Sardine, in which he chronicles the time he spent traveling with the circus and its monstrous-looking members. This is an excerpt from the opening prologue of Derida’s memoirs: Got me a ticket to the Circus of Mind, where a clown called Habaleeno and his gang of misfits will perform tonight. “Lights please! Ladies and gentlemen! I am Mustachio, the ringleader, and tonight we shall feed your thirsty and hungry imaginations with impossible feats and revelations!” a man dressed in a red long jacket with fervor announced. Bemused by such a proclamation I look forward to a hellish program of stupendous strength, slithering stoic beauties, sleight of hand and sly sorcery. Pop corn, candy and refreshments in hand I peer into the void beneath my feet and between the bleachers to see stars center stage under a tattered tent, where I was once a child of life, while mean melodious music escape the intestines of brass instruments played by disfigured band. Hopefully I will be able to turn Cirque du Habaleeno into a comic book :-}) If you missed my exhibition that was held at Jacaranada here are some visuals and words to describe how great it felt to see the portraits of these macabre performers hanging on a wall: [Hidden] Again thank you Barbara Rowell and Rana Haikal for making this happen :-})

  • Habaleeno
    Habaleeno
  • Mon Mon
    Mon Mon
  • Moustachio
    Moustachio
  • Serpentina
    Serpentina
  • Beefy
    Beefy
  • Seraphima
    Seraphima
  • Psychophrenia
    Psychophrenia
  • 3abla and Habla
    3abla and Habla
  • Countess Psoriasisa
    Countess Psoriasisa
  • Fairy Floss
    Fairy Floss
  • Cirque du Habaleeno: A gathering of misfits under the big top ...
    Cirque du Habaleeno: A gathering of misfits under the big top ...
  • Sneak peek: The performers unframed!
    Sneak peek: The performers unframed!
  • A promotional poster I did for Facebook and Twitter. 

It was captioned: Just my way of saying, "If you are around Rainbow Street at 6:00 p.m. pass by Cirque du Habaleeno at Jacaranda Images.
    A promotional poster I did for Facebook and Twitter. It was captioned: Just my way of saying, "If you are around Rainbow Street at 6:00 p.m. pass by Cirque du Habaleeno at Jacaranda Images.
  • Misfits under the big top :-}) 

I really enjoyed bringing my Cirque du Habaleeno performers to life through the two circus landscape pieces I did. 

The will soon be available for sale! 

Photo courtesy of Jacaranda.
    Misfits under the big top :-}) I really enjoyed bringing my Cirque du Habaleeno performers to life through the two circus landscape pieces I did. The will soon be available for sale! Photo courtesy of Jacaranda.

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Mike
Mike Amman, Jordan
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