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Alfonso feels a girl's forehead to feel her body temperature as members of the audience are put into an hypnotic trance during a performance at the Sombrillita Circus. If the person's body temperature has fallen, then they are in a trance. Around a dozen small circuses wander the poorer neighbourhoods near and around the city of Medellin putting on performances in what can be a hand to mouth existence. Despite falling audience numbers, new health and safety regulations and other bureaucracy these small family businesses, many of whom have existed for generations, still scrape a living in a world where the people are more accustomed to being entertained by soap operas than by live entertainment.