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Spotlight: Pirates at the fair

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Submitted Photo A sword fight 25 feet off the ground will decide who will get the treasure map, the good or the bad pirates at Pirates of the Columbian Caribbean High Wire Show, which is part of the entertainment at this year's Eastern New Mexico State Fair.

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Eastern New Mexico State Fair brings in new entertainment

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

Roswell might be in the middle of a high desert, but that doesn’t mean that pirates can’t visit, and they are even bringing their pirate ship.

The Pirates of the Columbian Caribbean Aerial High Wire Thrill Show will perform three times daily at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair (ENMSF).

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According to Marc-Antony Murcia, it is a show created by his family, a circus family that goes back 10 generations. During a phone interview, Murcia said, “Our show is a unique, one-of-a-kind show. It’s not seen anywhere. It is actually copyrighted.”

Murcia said that the show lasts about 25 minutes and is full of action from start to finish. The show choreography is more like a film and not like a circus performance that has breaks in between the acts.

“The show consists of good pirates versus bad pirates fighting for a treasure map,” Murcia said. “We do incorporate some circus acts into our show: We have the aerial high wire, which is about 25 feet in the air over the top of the pirate ship. Then we have the 35-foot wheel of death, which is basically a big skull and crossbones wheel in which we jump and do stunts.

“The show starts off with climbing the high wire, we are on top and balance on a quarter inch cable, there we do sword fighting and different choreographic acrobatics. It is just an exciting show for audiences of all ages,” Murcia said.

All members of the show, including the “pirate mermaid,” are part of the family.

Asked who came up with the concept, Murcia said, “There are a lot of circuses, so my Dad said, ‘I want to try something different, try to go away from the circus, but trying to also incorporate all of the circus into the new show.’ At the time, I was young. We started the show in 2008, and my favorite thing was pirates. So my dad had the idea, what if we make a pirate show? That’s where we came up with the idea of the pirate high-wire show. It’s all family-based, my father, my mother, my aunts, my brother and my uncles and me. The whole setup of the show is made by hand. My uncle and my father are the ones who created (it) all. The pirate ship is actually a big vinyl (canvas). We wove it together. Throughout the years we would change a couple of things to make it different.”

Murcia said that the family has worked with their act throughout the U.S. and overseas as well. “We were for about two months at a theme park in Japan. We also took the show to the international speedway in Bahrain (Bahrain International Circuit),” Murcia said.

Murcia said that their family had been spending the lockdown, due to the pandemic, at their home base in Florida.

“All the fairs had to cancel, we understood that. We understand that the pandemic is still ongoing and so we are cautious. All of our performers are fully vaccinated, and we always take precautions wearing masks. We used to shake hands after the show and talk to people. We are now socially distant and try to have no contact with people. But still, we don’t want the industry to die either. That’s why we are performing, but also being safe and making sure that everybody is safe,” Murcia said.

The show is free of charge for fairgoers.

More details about the fair will be available in the Roswell Daily Record, Oct. 3 edition, which includes a special inserted publication as well as further information about the fair’s entertainment in the Vision section.

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