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History of American Circuses, Circus Performers, Owners and Sideshows

Preserving the history of the American circus,
it's people, stories and traditions.

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When patrons go to a circus they come away with visions of performers, spangles, spotlights, and the smell of popcorn, but there is much more to a circus. There are people. People from many backgrounds, nations, religions, and customs. We are a multi-cultural society all working together to put on a circus performance.

Think about the many skills necessary to move a circus. It takes managers, performers, musicians, concessionaires, mechanics, electricians, welders, wardrobe makers, cooks and the list goes on and on.

This web site is intended to be about Circus People, the people that for many generations have made the circus an American tradition. The individuals and families who have devoted their lives to the circus.

On this site we will attempt to introduce you to these people. You will learn about the acts they did, the circuses and sideshows they operated, the triumphs they achieved and the hardships and tragedy they endured.

 

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Edna Antes
 
Felix Adler
 
Circo Atayde
 
Barbette
 
Parley Baer
 
Charly Baumann
 
Fred Bradna
 
Bob Childress
 
Ernestine Clarke
 
Eddie Dullum
 
James A. Haley
 
George A Hamid Sr.
 
Hamid - Morton Circus
 
Hendricks Bros. Circus
 
Johnny Jessick
 
Lewis & Clark Circus
 
Fred Logan
 
Pinito Del Oro
 
Ozzie Schleentz
 
Hugo Zacchini
 
 
 

 

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