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Circus History, Circus Performers and Owners

History of American Circuses, Circus Performers, Owners and Sideshows

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

American Circuses
American Circuses
Famous Circus Performers
Famous Circus Performers
Circus Owners
Circus Owners and Staff
Circus Life
Circus Life
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Sideshow Performers
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Circus Candy Butchers
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"Circus Lingo and Slang"
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Circus Book Store
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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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