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  • newDisaster Strikes The Big Top!
    .....Shannon tells me he will have to re-wire something when he gets home from work!Alas! The Agony Of Genius!
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Sep 17, 7:13am -
  • new#17 Clyde Beatty

    #17 Clyde Beatty

    - 19 hours ago, 24 Sep 17, 5:40am -
  • new#13 Clyde Beatty

    #13 Clyde Beatty

    I can remember this! I would have been 6 or 7 years old.The Circus Model Builders had set up a display right behind our Sleeper, a big event in my little world.
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Sep 17, 5:38am -
  • new#14 Clyde Beatty

    #14 Clyde Beatty

    - 19 hours ago, 24 Sep 17, 5:17am -
  • new#15 Clyde Beatty

    #15 Clyde Beatty

    - 19 hours ago, 24 Sep 17, 5:15am -
  • new#16 Clyde Beatty

    #16 Clyde Beatty

    - 20 hours ago, 24 Sep 17, 4:53am -
  • new#18 Clyde Beatty

    #18 Clyde Beatty

    - 20 hours ago, 24 Sep 17, 4:49am -
  • Test


    Test post - kicking the tires
    - 1 day ago, 23 Sep 17, 5:09pm -
  • #16 Family Pix

    #16 Family Pix

    .....it would appear me and Rick are kneeling in Prayer before the Kick Off!
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 10:49am -
  • #18 Circus Pix

    #18 Circus Pix

    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 7:43am -

Circus Geeks

  • 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
    - 8 days ago, 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…
    - 18 days ago, 7 Sep 17, 5:36am -
  • Berlin stages

    Berlin stages

    The Chamäleon Theatre in Berlin has posted a brilliant map of Berlin stages on their blog. The full res map can be found here: Map download   
    - 25 days ago, 31 Aug 17, 7:51am -
  • Circus student reading list

    Circus student reading list

    12 years ago when I went to study circus at university there was a reading week but no reading list, either required or recommended. I don’t know if there’s one now but I thought it would be an interesting challenge to come up with my own list. T…
    - 48 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 12:20pm -
  • “Quotations”


    I aspire to be a skeptical person, but try to step back from brink of cynicism. I struggle to make my mind up on how I feel about the concept of quotations. When I see a vague statement written in fake handwriting on a wall like, “Love is the strin…
    - 53 days ago, 3 Aug 17, 5:58am -
  • Anything to impress you
    I will do anything to impress you.
    - 54 days ago, 2 Aug 17, 12:26pm -
  • Recycled Magic
    For those who like magic and politics: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081tflw
    - 21 Apr 17, 5:14pm -
  • Zero Wallenda
    Nice interview by Team Zero Safety with wire walker, Rick Wallenda.
    - 23 Mar 17, 1:27pm -
  • 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 -

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 -

The Circus Blog

  • Clyde Beatty & Cisco Kid

    Clyde Beatty & Cisco Kid

    My question is, what circus was this. Beatty, or Cole. On the ad it just says railroad circus. Many circuses would present a TV or Movie star to bump up the attendance. Most of the time the star did a personal appearance in center ring during the sh…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Sep 17, 11:47pm -
  • Henry’s Chimps

    Henry’s Chimps

    We were playing at the Roaring 20’s a venue at the Hoyt Hotel Portland Oregon. I believe it was 1968? Our agent Cindy Bardine booked us in for six weeks. However the owner of the Hotel Mr Harvey Dick wanted the act to stay for another 8 weeks,…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Sep 17, 2:22pm -
  • Howes Great London Circus 1921

    Howes Great London Circus 1921

      Clyde Beatty seen here with his hand upon the head of an Hippopotamus. I believe at that time he worked as a animal handier. I wonder if he ever thought that he would become a great animal trainer and own one of the largest circuses in America.
    - 16 days ago, 8 Sep 17, 5:40pm -
  • Chet and Mable

    Chet and Mable

      Chet Juszyk and Mabel Stark. Photo taken at Jungleland Compound Thousand,Oaks Calif. They are standing near the Lion cage runs.  
    - 20 days ago, 4 Sep 17, 4:57pm -
  • Roland’s Seals

    Roland’s Seals

                                Photo is from my friend Jack Badal’s collection.
    - 20 days ago, 4 Sep 17, 4:39pm -
  • Clyde Beatty

    Clyde Beatty

                                              Those were the days. Long gone but never forgotten.
    - 20 days ago, 4 Sep 17, 4:24pm -
  • Clyde Beatty

    Clyde Beatty

    - 20 days ago, 4 Sep 17, 4:19pm -
  • Ramar


    This is Ramar that Jack Badal raised and trained to do an act that was outstanding. However Ramar became to big to work with….. Ramar was not mean or aggressive just to large. Ramar now resides at the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago. He has sired two baby…
    - 56 days ago, 30 Jul 17, 3:24pm -
  • Two Pals

    Two Pals

    Myself and Jack Badal, the best friend a guy could have. At the time of this photo we were on the Kay Bros Circus together. Jack had his elephant named Anna on the show. Beautiful little elephant and well trained by Jack. Photo taken in the mid 1960…
    - 56 days ago, 30 Jul 17, 3:23pm -
  • The Henry Family

    The Henry Family

      From left to right. Janell Henry, Charlotte Henry, myself  and my father Clifford Henry. Photo by my mother 1957.
    - 56 days ago, 30 Jul 17, 3:22pm -

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