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Today’s struggles, tomorrow’s strengths; Gamma Phi Circus members react to the 2020 home show cancellation

“Do or Die” is a motto said often by members of Illinois State University’s Gamma Phi Circus. Now, more than ever, that phrase is being tested. Members of the circus train all school year for one weekend in April. But with a blink of an eye, that weekend was gone. “I literally felt my [...]

By |2020-03-25T23:15:17-04:00March 25th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on Today’s struggles, tomorrow’s strengths; Gamma Phi Circus members react to the 2020 home show cancellation

Baraboo circus museum provides virtual tours, content for homebound while COVID-19 delays opening

Although Baraboo’s circus museum can no longer entertain and educate visitors in person due to the spread of COVID-19, its employees remain dedicated to bringing its content to the public.Circus World Museum Executive Director Scott O’Donnell said he and his staff have been filming as many virtual tours of the museum, its collection, musical instruments [...]

By |2020-03-25T22:53:45-04:00March 25th, 2020|2020|Comments Off on Baraboo circus museum provides virtual tours, content for homebound while COVID-19 delays opening

2020 Convention Cancellation

March 12, 2020 Hello Everyone, Due to continuing uncertainness concerning the coronavirus, the Circus Historical Society Board of Trustees has voted to cancel the 2020 convention planned for July in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This decision is in the best interest of our members, whose safety and continued good health is a primary concern. The [...]

By |2020-03-13T09:46:23-04:00March 13th, 2020|2019|Comments Off on 2020 Convention Cancellation

Circus Sarasota reinvents the Great American Circus for the 21st century

The circus is an ancient art form, dating back to the Roman Empire, at least. The reason it’s still around? It’s never stopped adapting. Take Circus Sarasota, for example. Our hometown one-ring, five-star circus was the brainchild of Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs, a celebrated husband-and-wife aerialist team. When they founded it in [...]

By |2020-02-23T09:03:34-05:00February 23rd, 2020|2019|Comments Off on Circus Sarasota reinvents the Great American Circus for the 21st century

Cirque du Soleil Founder Sells Stake to Pension Fund Giant

Billionaire Guy Laliberte's cashing out follows majority control of the Canadian-based entertainment group going to American and Chinese investors. A Quebec pension fund giant has bought out a 10 percent stake in Cirque du Soleil, known for its live shows in Las Vegas, from billionaire founder Guy Laliberte. Terms of the deal were [...]

By |2020-02-18T00:39:43-05:00February 18th, 2020|2019|Comments Off on Cirque du Soleil Founder Sells Stake to Pension Fund Giant

The Forgotten ‘Gentleman of Colour’ of the Victorian Circus; Joseph Hillier

The Victorian era was the golden age of the circus. Popular entertainment for the masses, it embraced all classes of society; from the lowly paid factory worker to the aristocracy, and even royalty. Everybody seemed to love the circus. By the time that Queen Victoria became monarch of the United Kingdom, the circus [...]

By |2020-02-06T06:52:16-05:00February 6th, 2020|2019|Comments Off on The Forgotten ‘Gentleman of Colour’ of the Victorian Circus; Joseph Hillier

Farewell Nell Gifford – hundreds gather at Gloucester Cathedral for funeral of circus founder.

Wild winds and the start of a storm greeted the family and friends of Nell Gifford as they gathered at Gloucester Cathedral to bid a final farewell. The fact it was “blowing a Hooley” seemed like a sign the circus founder was setting the scene for a funeral like no other the city has ever [...]

By |2020-01-18T19:51:37-05:00January 18th, 2020|2019|Comments Off on Farewell Nell Gifford – hundreds gather at Gloucester Cathedral for funeral of circus founder.

The 2020 Circus Ring of Fame class was inducted Jan. 12 on St. Armands Circle.

What do circus performers from Canada, New York, Madrid and Colombia have in common? On Sunday, they joined more than 140 fellow performers in the Circus Ring of Fame in St. Armands Circle. The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation celebrated Guy Laliberte, The King Charles Troupe, Los Quiros High Wire Artistry and the Carillo [...]

By |2020-01-15T04:17:17-05:00January 15th, 2020|2019|Comments Off on The 2020 Circus Ring of Fame class was inducted Jan. 12 on St. Armands Circle.

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