Del Moral Troupe
Inducted into the Ring of Fame: 2015
Circus Profession: Perch Pole
Circo-Pedia the online Circus Encylopedia defines the Perch-Pole
as a long perch held vertically on a performer's shoulder or forehead, on the top of which an acrobat executes various balancing figures.
What it does not tell you is as with most circus acts, it takes years, months and countless hours of dedication; with practice both on the ground and on top of the pole to make it an act. Even then there is the costuming, presentation, timing, music and coordination between the members before a circus act is deemed ready. And the ultimate goal is to make it look easy. That is what the Del Moral Troupe was able to achieve, all of the above.
The Del Moral Troupe used a 25 foot tall pole that my uncle Manuel would balance on his forehead. In an original technique he would dance around with the pole on his forehead to find his center of balance. Jorge Del Moral and his sister Mavicha would climb up the pole until they reached the top. Once they were at the top they would do a series of tricks using the hand balance and head balance at the top of the pole. While the degree of difficulty was at a well advanced level for its day, the real beauty was the sum of its parts. This resulted in what is referred to as “six minutes of perfection.” They were able to work together gracefully and exemplified the Latin influence that is their heritage in their dance movements during the act.
The Del Moral’s family career in the art of perch pole originated in the 1940’s and spanned in excess of 30 years.
The perch-pole act tradition was continued by Eddie Del Moral and his brother Jorge Jr. for many years in the 1980’s where they were once again a feature attraction on many shows.