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Buckle's Blog

  • new#3 Red Show!

    #3 Red Show!

    ...This started out as a Tribute to Gunther until this Rowdy Mob moved it!
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 8:50am -
  • new#1 RBBB Red Show!

    #1 RBBB Red Show!

    The characters in this LOGO were labeled "Ring", "Ling", "Bumble Bailey" and Somebody else!
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 6:20am -
  • new#2 Red Show!

    #2 Red Show!

    - 10 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 5:24am -
  • new#4 Red Show!

    #4 Red Show!

    - 10 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 5:13am -
  • new#5 Red Show!

    #5 Red Show!

    Richard Chipperfield!
    - 10 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 5:11am -
  • new#6 Red Show!

    #6 Red Show!

    Dated 1979!
    - 10 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 5:04am -
  • new#7 Red Show!

    #7 Red Show!

    Greatest Showman I ever knew and a real Gentleman!
    - 10 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 5:02am -
  • new#8 Red Show!

    #8 Red Show!

     A rather convoluted Spec picture!Show Girls lined up at the Back Door?What appears to be a Whip Cracking Act!.....and a tiny Clown aboard a Float!Pretty Lady Tho!
    - 11 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 4:57am -
  • new#9 Red Show!

    #9 Red Show!

    - 11 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 4:43am -
  • new#10 Red Show!

    #10 Red Show!

    - 11 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 4:41am -

Circus Geeks

  • Circus on the Beeb
    A few things floating around on the BBC… http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09k8gyw https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09jcxrj/attenborough-and-the-giant-elephant https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00nxq5l/late-night-lineup-coco-the-clown
    - 16 days ago, 5 Jan 18, 8:03am -
  • Remarkable List 4

    Remarkable List 4

    This post is not particularly relevant to circus, skip to here if you want circus reading material. Every 12 months I make a list of remarkable stuff I think worth sharing. There’s no affiliate links on this, it’s just for my pleasure. This year…
    - 37 days ago, 15 Dec 17, 7:20am -
  • Tactile by Luke Wilson
    Tactile is a a book by the late Luke Wilson. That’s all the information you should need. http://www.gandinipress.com/product/tactile-by-luke-wilson-pre-order/ Description Luke Wilson is a Juggler Juggling and other touchy subjects. A collection of…
    - 52 days ago, 30 Nov 17, 4:47pm -
  • How were they?
    I’ve opened my fair share of novelty-act shows over the years, after my short performance I’ve gone back stage and been quizzed about the audience by performers who were yet to go on. I remember one partular act whould ask me the same question ev…
    - 64 days ago, 18 Nov 17, 11:53am -
  • Away from the Circus
    It’s never too late to run away from the circus…. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05k68c9/player
    - 90 days ago, 23 Oct 17, 6:32am -
  • Circus Geeks Blog
    Welcome to Arron Sparks’ circus blog, a.k.a. CircusGeeks. The blog consists of essays, diary entires, video shares, ramblings and links to circus. If you like what you find here sign-up to the newsletter which is an update of discoveries, new ideas…
    - 94 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 9:11am -
  • 5
    The years are flying by and yet there still remains much to be done. Luke’s teachings are still echoing in my ears and his friendship still strong in my memory. “You remember that time when we were in the desert doing that thing, and those crazy…
    - 3 Oct 17, 1:14pm -
  • Video of the week – Her and Me
    - 1 Oct 17, 5:07am -
  • Circus workshops and festivals around the world
    I thought I’d nudge you in the direction of Circusphere because I don’t think enough people are aware of this useful resource. http://circusphere.net
    - 17 Sep 17, 9:07am -
  • Adverts
    Sam Veale is the go to person for juggling in adverts. If you ever find yourself in the unlikely position of waiting to go in for audition for the role of juggler in an advert and Sam walks in, you can be fairly sure that going home early won’t be…
    - 7 Sep 17, 5:36am -

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

  • Big Jackie and Carmen

    Big Jackie and Carmen

      Carmen Henry worked with chimps that almost out weighed her and never once had a problem. At that time we were working four to five chimps. It all started with Carmen’s first appearance in the act, on a Paul Kay date, in St Louis, Mo. Paul had…
    - 40 days ago, 12 Dec 17, 4:53pm -
  • Henry’s Chimps

    Henry’s Chimps

    Hand to hand balancing with Makimba. If my memory serves me correct this photo was taken while on the Miller Johnson Circus. Hanford, California late 1960’s.     
    - 40 days ago, 12 Dec 17, 4:51pm -
  • Nolly & Jack

    Nolly & Jack

    Nolly Tate and Jack Badal on Kay Bros circus early 1960’s. Nolly and his wife Polly both Clowned, as well they had a dog act. Most of the time they perfumed both. I did not know the Tate’s real well. The only time I saw them or spoke to them was…
    - 60 days ago, 22 Nov 17, 3:14pm -
  • Berosini


                                                         One of the finest acts of it’s kind.
    - 67 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 4:10pm -
  • Friendship


      Jack and I first met on the Kay Bros. He had a fine elephant act with baby Anna. Jack bought Anna from Louie Goebel. Smoky Jones helped Jack in the training of her. All in all a very professional act.
    - 68 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 4:04pm -
  • Jack Badal & Smokey Jones

    Jack Badal & Smokey Jones

    Photo from the Jack Badal collection
    - 73 days ago, 9 Nov 17, 10:38pm -
  • Clyde Beatty

    Clyde Beatty

    There is no question that Beatty set the bar higher with a fighting big cat acts. Proof is, many copied his style of act even down to his wardrobe. That I think is a complement to him. It is also true that many were just as good as Beatty, its…
    - 73 days ago, 9 Nov 17, 10:34pm -
  • Tusko, Al G. Barnes Circus Mid 1930’s

    Tusko, Al G. Barnes Circus Mid 1930’s

      The days when you could see such a magnificent elephant as this one, are most likely gone. You have to give the credit to the American circus that imported and trained these animals. Todays American public will never see such a wonder as this one…
    - 74 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 11:40pm -
  • Al & Ivan

    Al & Ivan

      Looks like a big tip…… I was always amazed at the crowds we would have without giving away free passes. The prices were affordable for the average family.  It was the only circus that I know of that had a pay one price for the whole family.…
    - 74 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 7:47pm -
  • Jack & Chet

    Jack & Chet

    Jack Badal and Chet Juzyk taking to Louie Goebel in the back yard of the Jungleland compound. This photo was taken in 1962. We lost Chet some time ago, to this day he is still missed. Jack Badal is 83 and going strong. Jack is responsible for many…
    - 74 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 6:18pm -
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