Inducted into the Ring of Fame: 2019
Circus Profession: High-Wire Performers
Born in Spain in 1916, Vicente Quirós, the eldest member of the family, has been a mainstay of circus for over 75 years. The family were stars at the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey in the US for 12 years. In 1958 Vicente Quirós bought the Circo Valencia and in 1966 the Bron Circus in Berlin, which they premièred in Barcelona – competing with the Manuel Martos’ Circo Olimpia. In 1972, the Quirós family company, Circo México, went on tour around Spain and was reborn as the Circo Australia, where several family members debuted on a low wire in 1978. They joined the Circo Mundial in 1979. In 1993, they opened the Circo Quirós in Spain which would set up a travelling school four years later.
Today, Los Quirós consists of a family of high-wire performers who have been a part of circuses for six generations. The act has appeared on the world’s largest circuses, including Cirque du Soliel and throughout Europe. In 2002, Los Quirós were awarded a “Golden Clown” at the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, the first high-wire act to receive the award.