The Adventures of Steve and Ryan

I’ve been reading a blog “The Adventures of Steve and Ryan” which is a blog  by Steve Copeland and Ryan Combs, the two clown partners that are on the Kelly Miller Circus. Kelly Miller is an Oklahoma based circus that has been performing since 1938, and is currently owned by John Ringling North. They bill themselves as “America’s Finest One […]

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Cirque Berzerk Gone Bankrupt?

Showbiz David announced on his blog that Cirque Berzerk, the Los Angeles underground circus company, has declared bankruptcy.  Their website and facebook presence still seem active, so perhaps there’s hope for the company. Cirque Berzerk started as a performance ritual at Burning Man, and had seemed to be blossoming into Los Angeles’ answer to the Big Apple Circus, or the […]

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The Advance Man is one of 4 Finalists for Arts Writing Prize.

I reviewed Jamie MacVicar’s book The Advance Man,last May (read my review here), and now I’m happy to say that Jamie’s book has become a finalist for the prestigious Marfield Prize. This $10,000 prize—(also known as The National Award for Arts Writing) is one of the largest given to a single author.  It is awarded annually to a work of […]

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Circus Poster Exhibition in Cincinatti

The Amazing American Circus Poster February 26, 2011 – July 10, 2011Organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art  Strobridge Lithographing Company Living Pair of Full Grown Hippopotomi.   Organized by Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Kristin Spangenberg, The Amazing American Circus Poster features 80 circus posters created between 1878 and 1939, […]

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Montreal Circus Festival July 8-25- RIGHT NOW!

Holy Crap.  I don’t know how I missed info about this.  Just happened to read something about a ginormous circus festival happening in Montreal RIGHT NOW.  It features some of the top circuses from around the world (and of course, especially Quebec)  All happening at the same time. The festival, called MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE, ( or in English “Completely Circus”) […]

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Funambolika 2010 (Pescara, Abruzzo Italy, July 12-14)

Pescara, Abruzzo (Italy) July 12-13-14 2010 FUNAMBOLIKA is the 4th summer season of circus arts conceived by director and writer Raffaele De Ritis. It takes place in Pescara, in the 1200 seats Teatro D´Annunzio, one of Italy’s most prestigious summer arenas, that in the last 58 years hosted the world’s greatest names of the theatre, dance, opera and jazz. In […]

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The Advance Man

A behemoth of a book just came out, which is a 660 page tell all by Jamie McVicar about his days as an Advance man for Ringling. For those not in the know, the Advance man is the promoter of the show who travels in advance of the circus, making sure that all of the publicity is done, that the […]

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Report from Polo Circo

I was just on a family vacation in Argentina, and noted with dismay that a circus festival started the week after I left.  WEBSITE:  http://www.festivalpolocirco.gov.ar/ When I was unmarried and child-less, I might have stayed for the week and changed my ticket, but my responsibilities as a husband and father made that impossible.  Fortunately, my brother lives in Buenos Aires, […]

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Troy Wunderle directing Ringling clowns.

‘Incredibly serious work’ Local man trains Ringling Brothers clowns By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN CircusSmirkus artistic director Troy Wunderle of Cambridgeport gets a kissfrom his daughter Ariana Wunderle during the Circus Smirkus performancein Brattleboro. (Reformer file photo) CAMBRIDGEPORT – There is a lot of pressure in being one of the most important clowns in the country. For the past month, Rockingham resident […]

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Inside Out (Cirkus Cirkör at BAM- NY) Nov 12-15

Part of the 2009 Next Wave FestivalCirkus CirkörLive music by Irya’s PlaygroundDirected By Tilde Björfors “…A magical breathtaking performance…a powerful inter-disciplinary work of art…” —Skånska Dagbladet (Sweden) The human body unfolds as a surreal rock and roll fantasy in Inside Out, Swedish troupe Cirkus Cirkör’s phantasmagoric journey into the outer reaches of inner life. Accompanied onstage by dub-punk-new wave-electro-inspired band […]

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SPOOKAPALOOZA (Chicago)

Speaking of the Midnight Circus, I nearly forgot that they are doing their annual set of Halloween Free shows in Daley Plaza again this year.  This year the show is called SpookaPalooza! They’ve been doing it all week, so you’ve missed a lot of shows, but there’s 7 shows you can still see.  The cast features a rotating round of […]

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CWB Fundraiser this evening! (NY)

Fantastic photos – Inspiring Stories – Exciting Entertainment Photo & video presentation of CWB projects to Thailand, Cambodia and Haiti together with a benefit party for further Haiti trips and upcoming project in Indonesia! MC’d by the ever-funny (and usually bald) Brian Foley of Circus Bambouk. Type: Causes – Fundraiser Network: Global Price: Suggested Donation $10-30 sliding scale Date: Thursday, […]

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Cirque du Soleil Anniversary DVD collection on sale TODAY

If you are like me, you have slowly over time collected Cirque du Soleil videos- mostly either at shows, or if you are cheap like me, you’ve taped them from Bravo (and/or TIVO’d them) Here’s an opportunity to clear up a lot of your TIVO space! On Sale Today NEW for just $58.99! 12 DVD’s of Cirque– that’s around $5 […]

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Guy LaLiberte (Cirque du Soleil founder) is from outerspace!

Actually, he’s just GOING to outer space– as part of a tourist moon mission. Read the article here:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090723/ap_on_sc/us_space_shuttle And here’s a little excerpt for you: Circus performer’s flight preview steals NASA showBy MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer– Thu Jul 23,2009 4:42 pm ET CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A former stiltwalker and fire-eater stole NASA’s show Thursday, saying he’ll be “like […]

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