NPR Story about Circus Smirkus: Training Clowns On Tour
The article features Circus Smirkus, Ringling's Vice President of Talent Tim Holst, and former Ringling clown (and Bindlestiff musician, Peter Bufano
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Smirkus is an incubator of sorts, where scouts for big time big tops, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, hire new talent.
At a recent show in Wellesley, Mass., Circus Smirkus looked and sounded like a traditional European-style show, with its canvas big top covered with stars. But there is a main difference: The troupe's performers are kids, some as young as 10.
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