~ A Tribute to Rob Torres - Funeeestuff! ~

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Raised by 68 people in 8 months
All donated funds that exceed this book’s printing and designing costs, will be forwarded to the Rob Torres Memorial and Scholarship Fund at Estudio Búsqueda de Panotmima-Teatro, which provides scholarships for students wishing to study with Sigfrido Aguilar at the Estudio Búsqueda de Panotmima-Teatro.

As one of the funniest and most professional clowns in the world, Rob Torres has performed in over 80 countries throughout his life.  He brought laughter to thousands, and perhaps millions of people. He created a fan base that was truly worldwide.

Tragically in late June, Rob suddenly passed away of a heart attack while flying to his engagement in Boston, Massachusetts.

In the spirit of adventure, Rob and I were working on a book project together, beginning in 2012, tentatively titled “A Clown in Our Town”.  Rob and I created a visual document at the many locations where he was slated to perform. We captured his off stage sense of humor at the iconic geographical locations such as Paris, France, St. Louis, Missouri, and New York City. Our plans included work in six more cities during his upcoming tours.

While planning this tribute book: A Clown in Our Town, A Tribute to Rob Torres, I realized that many other wonderful photographers had captured Rob during events such as New York City’s Big Apple Circus, and Seattle’s Moisture Festival, so I reached out to a number of my colleagues: Maike Schulz, Michelle Bates and others. They will share their personal vision of Rob in photography during his performances, rehearsals, and candid moments.

To produce this book: A Clown in Our Town, A Tribute to Rob Torres, funds are needed for graphic design work and publishing. I encourage you to share Rob’s vision and help make this book a wonderful testimonial to his work. For those who met him, had the honor to work with him, or saw him perform, know how much he truly deserves this recognition.

Since beginning studies with Sigfrido in 1996, Rob Torres carried forward his experience and enthusiasm to the next generation of clowns and circus performers. Funds that exceed this book’s printing and designing costs, will be forwarded to provide student scholarships at Sigfrido Aguilar’s Estudio Búsqueda de Panotmima-Teatro, the Research Studio of Pantomime Theater, a non profit international school of Comic Physical Theatre serving a serving a broad community based in Valenciana, Guanajuato, in the mountains of Central Mexico. 

If you’d like to see more, browse here by clicking this link and seeing the proposed book cover and some of the outstanding images of Rob Torres by the generous photographers who contributed to this book.

So please, give what you can, tell who you can, and let's start this journey together.

-Jim Moore

~ Pledge $75 - 2 copies of the book and a Special Thank You in the book.
~ Pledge $50 - one copy of the book and a Thank You in the book.
~ Pledge $10 - a postcard featuring one of the photographs from the book and a Thank You.
~ Pledge $5 - a Social Media shout out from the photographers in the book.
~ Make a pledge without a reward. Any amount is appreciated!

Estimated delivery date: Sept 10th, 2019


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Thank You to everyone for your donation to the Rob Torres Tribute Campaign.

We are getting closer to the completion of the book and expect to ship on Sept 10th.
(Rob Torres' 45th B'day)

It is looking great!

I will need everyone that qualifies for a book (donation of $50 or more) to email me their address so I can ship your book/s as soon as we get them. You can email your address to:


If I don't get your address by the Sept 10th date I will assume you don't want to receive the Tribute book.
We will donate it to a Public Library in Rob Torres childhood neighborhood.

Thanks Again!
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Thanks to everyone that donated to this campaign.
We have reached 50% of our goal!
Please help spread the word so we can continue.
We are pleased to announce that Dominque Jando (Circopedia), Paul Binder (Big Apple Circus), Ernest Albrecht (Spectacle Circus Magazine)and Kevin Venardo (Venardo Circus) have all contributed personal commentary on their remembrances of Rob Torres. We are working with the graphic artist presently designing the book and looking forward to bringing you a beautiful TRIBUTE to Rob Torres.
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Dear Rob Torres Tribute Donors,
I want to thank you all for your generous donations!

The book will be available on April Fools Day!

It’s been a fascinating process working with the graphic designer on this book!
Here’s today’s update: We’ve added a wonderful introduction for the book by Sigfrido Aguilar!

I want to send a commemorative post card giving thanks to everyone who graciously donated, so I will need your postal addresses.

Please take a moment to send your mailing address to me at:
- writing ‘address’ in the subject line and I’ll send your card out right away!

We are very excited about the book!

One of Rob’s dear friends Penny Mathis has contributed a large selection of personal photographs of Rob. That together with some of his family photographs will add a great personal touch to the book.
Also, I am adding a transcription of the video interview I did with Rob in Bryant Park during his Big Apple Circus engagement.

Looking forward to hearing from you and I will contact you again in the near future with more updates.


Jim Moore
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The campaign is still active and we do need additional donations to reach our goals. Many THANKS to all those that have contributed already. Please spread the word so we can make this TRIBUTE a reality. Rob deserves the 'best' we can give him!
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