The new face of the “carny”: Mexicans from Veracruz state increasingly run U.S. carnivals

By Joshua Partlow, January 3, 2014

TLAPACOYAN, Mexico — After his sophomore year at college, James Judkins and a friend who was an aspiring juggler ditched their cafeteria jobs and ran off to join the circus.

Judkins learned to eat fire, train elephants, lie on a bed of nails. Then, in the winter of 1978, he drove his cargo van down to a town in eastern Mexico and performed what would become his most incredible trick.

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