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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|0 Comments

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

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!