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Circus Geeks

  • Recycled Magic

    Recycled Magic

    For those who like magic and politics: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081tflw
    - 97 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 5:14pm -
  • Zero Wallenda

    Zero Wallenda

    Nice interview by Team Zero Safety with wire walker, Rick Wallenda.
    - 23 Mar 17, 1:27pm -
  • Avoid swallowing more than 2 frogs.

    Avoid swallowing more than 2 frogs.

    Anyone interested in regurgitation or sword swallowing acts will find episode 274 of Penn’s Sunday school particularly interesting. It’s an interview with Brett Loudermilk, the person who worked with David Blaine on this trick:
    - 20 Mar 17, 2:28pm -
  • sucriC


    - 19 Feb 17, 5:33pm -
  • Demain38


    It’s Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain this weekend and there are two UK acts taking part, perhaps a milestone for UK circus. One part of me thinks the contest element is stupid, how and why does circus compete in any meaningful way? Why does…
    - 27 Jan 17, 6:31am -
  • ABC Tour

    ABC Tour

    Jon Udry is running an interesting Kickstarter campaign. Learn more about it here.
    - 13 Jan 17, 6:18am -
  • Travel Days

    Travel Days

    A day of travel, most feel the same. Blurry starts as the sun rises. Skipping breakfast for extra sleep, relying on showers and packing the night before to get you on the waiting minibus in a punctual, if not civilised, manner. Train tickets, phone b…
    - 18 Dec 16, 4:51am -
  • Rope by Una Bennett

    Rope by Una Bennett

    Una Bennett 
    - 16 Dec 16, 4:56am -
  • Software


    I’ve been asked a few times what software I use for work related stuff. Here’s my current list that may or may not be of use to you… Scrivener – For notes / projects. iA Writer – Great for concentrated long form writing. WordPress – W…
    - 10 Nov 16, 10:19am -
  • Lab:Time Tradition

    Lab:Time Tradition

    I’ve recently finished 5 days research with Robbie Synge. Thanks to Lab:Time support.  
    - 4 Nov 16, 2:43pm -

Hey Rube Circus

  • Damn everything but the circus!

    Damn everything but the circus!

    “Damn everything but the circus! …damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless, unrisking, inward turning, damn everything that won’t get into the circle, that won’t enjoy. That won’t throw it’s heart into the tension, surprise, fear an…
    - 29 Apr 13, 4:40pm -
  • Nik Wallenda to Tightrope Across Grand Canyon Unharnessed

    Nik Wallenda to Tightrope Across Grand Canyon Unharnessed

    Mark your calendars for June 6, 2013! On this date, Nik Wallenda of the Flying Wallenda Family will attempt to cross the Grand Canyon on tightrope. This walk will cover approximately 1,500 feet across and is planned to take place “above a Little Co…
    - 24 Apr 13, 10:11pm -
  • Amanda Palmer Challenges Conceptions of Street Performance & Profits in the Modern Age

    Amanda Palmer Challenges Conceptions of Street Performance & Profits in the Modern Age

    I often find myself puzzled over contemporary communities’ resistance to busking. In my humble opinion, street performance is one of the most surefire ways to harmlessly (and cheaply) enrich a local culture, and the authoritative hostility towards…
    - 16 Apr 13, 3:57pm -
  • Help Coney Island USA to Reopen in May, 2013

    Help Coney Island USA to Reopen in May, 2013

    Calling all sideshow enthusiasts! As you may recall, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on Coney Island USA‘s historic site on October 29, 2012. The damages are severe, and regardless if you’re in the New York area or not, there are ways that you ca…
    - 1 Apr 13, 5:49pm -
  • VIDEO: Elephants Under the Bridge
    House of Nod Production has brought circus-lovers video gems, such as Coney Island Love Letter, and they’ve recently unveiled their latest, titled Elephants Under the Bridge. Shot just four days ago in Brooklyn, this piece features the Ringling Bro…
    - 24 Mar 13, 5:15pm -
  • Striped Tent Wanted! Shakespearean Circus Needs Your Help

    Striped Tent Wanted! Shakespearean Circus Needs Your Help

    A theatrical production of Much Ado About Nothing is being put on by a “bunch of scrappy, passionate, merry madcaps who love Shakespeare and classical theatre and, well, the circus” and they can use YOUR help. They are currently seeking a large…
    - 11 Mar 13, 10:55pm -
  • Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Sideshow Enthusiasts

    Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Sideshow Enthusiasts

    While I don’t make a habit of endorsing products on this site, I’ve stumbled across a handful of items that would all make pretty damn precious Valentine’s Day gifts, so I thought I’d share with you, dear readers. In case you’re in a pinch…
    - 9 Feb 13, 9:47am -
  • Carny Glossary from Monster Midway by William Lindsay Gresham

    Carny Glossary from Monster Midway by William Lindsay Gresham

    Last week, I briefly outlined the career of William Lindsay Gresham. (Click here to view the post.) I was inspired to dig into this man’s work after being given a vintage copy of his book, Monster Midway. (Thanks Dad!) Originally copyrighted in 19…
    - 2 Feb 13, 9:18am -
  • William Lindsay Gresham – An Artist Marked by the Freakshow

    William Lindsay Gresham – An Artist Marked by the Freakshow

    The allure of the sideshow provokes people in different ways. Some write books or songs, others set out to master sword swallowing or fire eating, but all are forever changed after their first encounter with the charm of the American freakshow. Today…
    - 26 Jan 13, 9:45am -
  • Book Review: The Night Circus

    Book Review: The Night Circus

    I’ve just finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I consumed this nearly 400-page book in less than two weeks and I do believe that it was the first fantasy novel I’ve ever completed. Apparently I’m not the only one who devou…
    - 19 Jan 13, 9:12am -

Running Away With the Circus

  • 6 months later

    6 months later

    We left the Cirque tour 6 months ago.  Sometimes it seems like it was all a dream; it is so far away from the life we have here now. My Totem friends are writing about Melbourne - it sounds like a very colorful and interesting city. On my phone, I'v…
    - 1 Feb 15, 9:30pm -
  • New Year's Eve (our 21st)

    New Year's Eve (our 21st)

    My blogging time seems to be winding down.  I have so much less time to write here than I used to.  And the day-to-day events of our lives - while being very absorbing and exhausting to those of us living them - are just not as exciting to the rest…
    - 1 Jan 15, 5:13pm -
  • Xmas tree 2014

    Xmas tree 2014

    Looking back.  It was 2009 the last time this tree was set up in this room, with all of our personal ornaments and mementos.  In the four years intervening, we celebrated Christmases in London, Boston,  Atlanta, and California.  We decorated our…
    - 14 Dec 14, 7:38pm -
  • Today
    Today was full.Greg had to take the dogs to the vet for their first checkup this morning.  It was pouring rain - so we had unlocked the back gate earlier to take them in and out.  Mid-day, Greg didn't think anything of it and let the dogs out in th…
    - 9 Dec 14, 9:40pm -
  • Things we're up to

    Things we're up to

    Isa doing her favorite trick of the moment, the "360" on aerial fabric (yes, she's about to let go and flip around)Greg walking the dogs Baz with his school iPad - he does homework, and uses all kinds of apps I don't understand.Trip to the Academy o…
    - 29 Nov 14, 11:07pm -
  • States I've visited

    States I've visited

    Create Your Own Visited States MapThis is a nice map. Hawaii, I think you are calling me!But seriously, what counts as "visited"?  Quite a few of these states I've lived in for months or years.  Then there are states like Oklahoma, which I've only…
    - 18 Nov 14, 9:56pm -
  • Youth Troupe

    Youth Troupe

    I'm very proud of one of my little projects here at home - reviving the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Youth Troupe.  And Baz is in it!  He unicycles, and tumbles, and walks on the globe.  It's a group of 9 awesome kids, ages 8-16, and watchin…
    - 15 Nov 14, 9:11pm -
  • Dogs!!!


    We have new additions to our family!Please say hello to Nanook and Koonan, two purebred husky brothers who we found through a rescue organization in Jersey City.  They are two years old, and have been together since birth - they didn't want to separ…
    - 5 Nov 14, 11:29pm -
  • Halloween 2014

    Halloween 2014

    Here they are - the Undead Revolutionary War Soldier, Hermione Granger, and Anna (from Frozen).Such a different experience this year, to be in our own neighborhood for Halloween.  The kids had different school rituals - Isa's school only allowed kid…
    - 31 Oct 14, 10:04pm -
  • A weekend getaway

    A weekend getaway

    The kids and I managed to escape for a weekend up to visit my parents and sister in Massachusetts.  Finally some time to get to know our new baby cousin Chloe, who we haven't seen since she was born in December!  It was a very relaxing weekend, wit…
    - 13 Oct 14, 10:47pm -
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The Circus Blog

  • Todd Henry

    Todd Henry

    This is my uncle Todd, a great guy, but of course I thought all my uncles were great. This photo was taken just before he enlisted into the Marine Corp. He fought at Iwo Jima and other bloody battles. He came back without a scratch. Todd received se…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:40pm -
  • My Mother and Sister

    My Mother and Sister

    The act was known as Toni Madison’s Wonder Dogs. On the left is my mother Mary Henry and on the right is my sister Janell. Mother thought that it was time to break in my sisters …….Janell and Charlotte into the business. The idea behind it was…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:40pm -
  • Henry’s Rolling Globe

    Henry’s Rolling Globe

    Many of the photos that I have just posted were sent to me by my niece Jennifer Henry Tyler who is the daughter of the late Janelle Henry, my sister.  My long lost niece Jennifer happened to find me because of the circus blog. I had not seen her f…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:39pm -
  • Henry’s Chimps

    Henry’s Chimps

    This is a photo of Dad and I in the beginning of our chimp act. Photo taken in 1956 on the Siebrand circus. My Dad was old school circus…. no joking or talking in the act…just perform the different tricks… style and smile. It got very boring…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:39pm -
  • Toni Madison Wonder Dogs

    Toni Madison Wonder Dogs

    ce My sister Charlotte on the left and Toni or Mary, my mother, on the right. It did not take long for Charlotte and Janell to learn the ropes of the circus. Each did web, swinging ladder, trapeze, rolling globe and juggling and if needed they worke…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:39pm -
  • Mary Henry

    Mary Henry

    My mother’s stage name was Toni Madison. The reason she decided to change her name was because all of the Henrys had dog acts which made it hard to know what dog act the booking agent wanted. So Toni Madison’s Wonder Dogs was a good separation fr…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:38pm -
  • Mary Henry

    Mary Henry

    - 9 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 7:49pm -
  • Clifford and Mary Henry

    Clifford and Mary Henry

    In the early 1940’s my Mom and Dad did 5 acts in what ever show they were on. Henry Bros, Yankee Patterson, Arthur Bros and the 101 Wild West show and circus. Dad did comedy Trapeze, Flying Rings & Rolling Globe with Mom along with Mom’s Dog…
    - 9 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 7:49pm -
  • Mary Henry

    Mary Henry

      I don’t know for sure,but I think this photo was taken in 1944 with my dad Clifford Henry. The elephant is Babe or Dutch. The circus was Yankee Patterson, produced by Jimmy Wood and Martin Arthur. 
    - 9 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 7:48pm -
  • Bertram Mills Circus 1951

    Bertram Mills Circus 1951

    This poster is the busiest I have ever seen. I do see the name La Tosca who I knew. She was a Canasterlli, I believe.
    - 9 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 7:48pm -
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