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Circus Ring of Fame honors some of the world’s most spectacular performers

In the the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation’s 33rd annual induction ceremony, Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque Du Soleil, and others were honored at the event. There aren’t too many places in the world where you can see someone on a unicycle jumping double dutch jump rope. But St. Armand’s Circle in [...]

By |2020-01-13T17:24:30-05:00January 13th, 2020|2019|Comments Off on Circus Ring of Fame honors some of the world’s most spectacular performers

Nell Gifford, owner of Giffords Circus, dies of breast cancer

Nell Gifford, the owner and co-founder of the retro-chic Giffords Circus, has died of cancer, it has been announced.She was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. After doctors told her earlier this year it had spread and she had a year to live, Gifford continued running between hospital and the circus ring, performing [...]

By |2019-12-29T21:12:56-05:00December 29th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Nell Gifford, owner of Giffords Circus, dies of breast cancer

Circus museum in Baraboo plans new rotating exhibit, Western theme for 2020

Leaders at Baraboo’s circus museum hope to provide a distraction from the “white noise” of a presidential election next summer with their homage to all things Western. The “Go West Under the Big Top” theme for summer 2020 will give Circus World Museum an opportunity to bring items out from its archives, from [...]

By |2019-11-24T18:45:29-05:00November 24th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Circus museum in Baraboo plans new rotating exhibit, Western theme for 2020

The Way We Were: Circus came to Augusta and brought mystery with it

The 1941 deaths of 10 circus elephants brought nationwide attention to Augusta. It was a case with just about everything. Ten dead circus elephants, suspicions of arsenic poison, a suspect who looked guilty with an alibi nobody believed, a private investigator, a Minneapolis psychiatrist and a dead clown. All came together in Augusta [...]

By |2019-11-24T18:38:17-05:00November 24th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on The Way We Were: Circus came to Augusta and brought mystery with it

Four Of Circus Harmony’s Flying Children Land At Cirque Du Soleil!

Circus didn't change my life. It saved my life," says Melvin Diggs, a St. Louis native who is currently touring the world with Cirque du Soleil. Melvin and three other young urban St. Louisans are all alumni of St. Louis' only social circus school, Circus Harmony. In addition to Melvin, three other Circus [...]

By |2019-11-09T06:11:24-05:00November 9th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Four Of Circus Harmony’s Flying Children Land At Cirque Du Soleil!

Rejoice in the Circus Libraries of the World!

The circus library–ideally, every circus professional has their own section of the bookshelf cordoned off for the circus classics. But having access to rare circus documents, magazines, historic photos, circus posters, and up to date tomes on circus research and trends is something most of us only dream of. Circus is especially challenged [...]

By |2019-10-30T13:11:37-04:00October 30th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Rejoice in the Circus Libraries of the World!

Circus & Allied Arts Collection Fellowship

Milner Library at Illinois State University is accepting applications for its inaugural Circus & Allied Arts Collection Fellowship. This $1,500 award is available to scholars external to Illinois State University who are interested in researching any topic that requires the onsite use of the Circus & Allied Arts Collection housed in Milner Library’s Special Collections. The $1,500 Circus & [...]

By |2019-10-27T12:15:27-04:00October 27th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Circus & Allied Arts Collection Fellowship

Circus Ring of Fame – Class of 2020 Announced

The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation announces inductees for the Class of 2020 after conducting global outreach with new Circus Advisory Council. SARASOTA, FLORIDA - October 2, 2019 The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation today announced the Class of 2020 which will be officially inducted on January 12, 2020 at St. Armands Circle [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:32:07-04:00October 3rd, 2019|2019|Comments Off on Circus Ring of Fame – Class of 2020 Announced

The Untold Story Of Europe’s First Black Female Circus Star

2018 MARKED the 250th anniversary of the circus. In celebration, an exhibition which highlights diversity and complexity within the circus wasco-curated by Professor Vanessa Toulmin, chair of Early Film and Popular Entertainment in the University of Shefield’s School of English and one of the world’s leading circus historians. The exhibition, Circus! Show of [...]

By |2019-09-29T10:54:38-04:00September 29th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on The Untold Story Of Europe’s First Black Female Circus Star

John Ringling estates in Sarasota is now for sale

The Schueler House, one of the original estates owned by renown circus king John Ringling, is now on the market in Sarasota for $1,945,000. Located at 76 S. Washington, the home was built in 1925 and is just one of the original three designed by famed architect Dwight James Baum and built by Owen Burns [...]

By |2019-09-29T10:49:55-04:00September 29th, 2019|2019|Comments Off on John Ringling estates in Sarasota is now for sale