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Circus Geeks

  • 42ft Podcast Episode 4 – Chris Patfield
    This is the forth in a prototype podcast series, 42ft. Recording quality, style and competency varies over the episodes. Chris doesn’t have much of an internet presence and as such I have to craft his short biog. Chris Patfield is a juggler, wire w…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Jun 18, 1:09pm -
  • 42ft Podcast Episode 3 – Craig Reid
    This is the third in a prototype podcast series, 42ft. Recording quality, style and competency varies over the episodes. Craig Reid aka ‘The Incredible Hula boy’ is the award winning variety hula-hoop act and the undeniable king of the rings! …
    - 13 days ago, 6 Jun 18, 1:09pm -
  • 42ft Podcast Episode 2 – Amy Panter

    42ft Podcast Episode 2 – Amy Panter

    This is the second in a prototype podcast series, 42ft. Recording quality, style and competency varies over the episodes. A highly experienced aerialist Amy performs all over the world, performing hoop, silks, rope, harness, trapeze, as a solo and d…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Jun 18, 12:41pm -
  • 42ft Podcast Episode 1 – Emily Nicholl

    42ft Podcast Episode 1 – Emily Nicholl

    This is the first in a prototype podcast series, 42ft. Recording quality, style and competency varies over the episodes. Emily Nicholl is a Scottish circus and physical theatre artist, with roots in political theatre and the Edinburgh skill-sharing c…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Jun 18, 12:41pm -
  • The last great rigger

    - 93 days ago, 18 Mar 18, 11:30am -
  • The Last Little Show at the End of the World
    - 96 days ago, 15 Mar 18, 1:33pm -
  • 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
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 18 Nov 17, 11:53am -

Hey Rube Circus

  • Make Your Home More Efficient With Technology
    The first thing that came to my mind when I browsed for Amazon Echo was, this is going to be this year’s perfect lazy gift....
    - 19 days ago, 31 May 18, 9:03pm -
  • 5 Phone Accessories for Styling up your Life
    A life without appropriate communication is empty. Loved ones fill our emotional voids with happiness and this boosts productivity. Unfortunately, not all our loved ones...
    - 31 days ago, 19 May 18, 9:04pm -

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

  • Bert Lancaster

    Bert Lancaster

    Bert in his younger years, before his acting career was a circus performer, it is said good one at that. He and Nick Cravatt was life long friends. Nick was a pretty good tumbler so they say. Bert did single Traps and worked in a Perch act also hori…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jun 18, 9:03pm -
  • Gerard Souls

    Gerard Souls

    I do hope I spelled his name correct. I do know it’s Gerard by the size of the blocks on his feet. I am not degrading him for that. He said that he felt more confident. Our conversation took place about 35 years ago. I will say this, he did one f…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jun 18, 8:13pm -
  • Confidence


      n It is plane to see that this young lady is an assistant in a knife throwing act. Her costume dats her, very early 1900’s or even late 1800’s. Looks to me as a photo pose. The knifes are just to close to her………….. What do you think. 
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jun 18, 7:50pm -
  • Al G. Branes Sells Floto

    Al G. Branes Sells Floto

                                                        The days of the great circuses.
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jun 18, 7:31pm -
  • Old Sideshow Banner

    Old Sideshow Banner

    I have know idea where I got this photo. Must have been in with other old photos that were sent to me. 
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jun 18, 7:24pm -
  • Siebrand Bros

    Siebrand Bros

      My family and I enjoyed many different seasons with the Siebrand show. We spent a week in each town, which gave us time to practice our acts. As a matter of fact, Dad and I created a stronger chimp act enabling us to play the big dates. In the ev…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Jun 18, 3:41am -
  • Siebrand Bros Circus & Carnival

    Siebrand Bros Circus & Carnival

    1956…. The Siebrands were a very innovative family, always keeping up with the times. They probably were one of the first to have a Rock and Roll dance hall in a tent, as well a D.J, to play the popular recordings. Kids enjoyed themselves for ho…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Jun 18, 3:41am -
  • Front Gate

    Front Gate

    Siebrand Bros front gate 1956? in Great Falls, Montana. This show was the largest in the Southwest hosting over 27 major rides and a Kiddieland. In the back half of the midway was a two ring circus and between the rings was a 30 by 40 foot stage tha…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Jun 18, 3:40am -
  • Sandra DuVal

    Sandra DuVal

        1956 Great Falls, Montana.  Siebrand Bros Circus & Carnival. Sandra’s parents Danny and Trina were performers on the Siebrand circus and later Sandra joined the act. In this photo she is playing around in one of the kiddie race car loca…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Jun 18, 3:37am -
  • The Unknown Clown

    The Unknown Clown

        Patti Harris send this photo to me wondering who this clown was. Sorry no idea. 
    - 34 days ago, 16 May 18, 7:46pm -
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