Delissa Jordan always has lived the circus life. Now, she would like to share it with others.
Ms. Jordan's grandfather performed Vaudville. Her father became an acrobat, and her mother did a bicycle act in the circus. So, what else would she do, but ... become a trapeze artist.
After all, she said, while other children's friends talked about becoming doctors or firefighters, her friends' goals were to be acrobats, train animals and perform. She began training.
''I felt safer in the air than on the ground,'' said the former trapeze performer, adding that she paid more attention when flying through the air.
''There's more up to you,'' she said about how she was always taught and trained to do the trapeze tricks, knowing how to hang by her toes or heels.
''It's how I made my living,'' said Ms. Jordan.
Traveling with the circus was also how she has enjoyed living, she said about traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
''It's always different,'' said Ms. Jordan about traveling, recalling a trip to Japan as her favorite due to it being ''unusual and different.''
No matter where she traveled, however, Ms. Jordan said she knew she had family nearby. She said those who do not grow up in the circus think of circus performers leading ''gypsy lives.'' While she said that is true in some ways, all of the circus performers know one another, living and traveling together.
''You always know who you're children are playing with,'' she said, adding that once she became a parent, she'd meet her children's friends' families but did not truly know them, as she did her circus family.
''Kids can't get away with anything,'' she said about those who grow up with the circus.
''The whole show watches out for you,'' she said.
Ms. Jordan now asks others to come watch the show that once looked out for her.
The circus is put on by the Jordans, with members of the family's third-generation running the performance, and other family members working in its Las Vegas home office.
''It's live entertainment,'' she said, adding the only other place a person can go to see all of the animals featured in the circus is at a zoo, with many cities not having one. Even at a zoo, she said, the trainers don't live with the animals with which they work, like the circus trainer whose tigers ride in a truck, traveling behind him.
After retiring from performing at the age of 30, Ms. Jordan said, she began working in the circus's office, where she helps with advertising the Jordan World Circus. It will be in town for 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows today at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.
The circus provides two hours of family fun, featuring an African lion and Siberian tigers, not to mention a white tiger represented by Animal Trainer Vincent Von Duke. Motorcycle dare devils will perform in the Globe of Death, and aerialists and clowns will round out the three-ring show.
''Become a child again and a hero to your children,'' urges a press release about the circus. Those who come early can ride an elephant or jump in a giant moon bounce.
Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for children, although some free children's tickets are available locally. Adult tickets can be purchased at the circus box office one hour before show time.
Family coupons are available in The Post-Journal. They are good for $25 for two adults and three children.