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Behind the Illusion: Unlocking the 9 Types of Magic

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The Circus Fire: A True Story Of An American Tragedy

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The acclaimed author of Emily, Alone and Henry, Himself  brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of tragedy and heroism—the great Hartford circus fire of 1944. It was a midsummer afternoon, halfway through a Ringling Brothers…
Flying Funny: My Life Without A Net
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|April 11, 2017

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Dudley Riggs didn’t have to run away from home to join the circus. Home was the circus. Son of the acclaimed aerial flyers Riggs and Riggs, he made his circus debut as a polar prince parading in a wagon pulled by a polar bear. At the age of five, he…
The Tattooed Lady: A History
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|November 6, 2014

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Living in a time when it was scandalous even to show a bit of ankle, a small number of courageous women covered their bodies in tattoos and traveled the country, performing nearly nude on carnival stages. These gutsy women spun amazing stories for captivated…
The Art of Collectivity: Social Circus and the Cultural Politics of a Post-Neoliberal Vision

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Amidst epidemics of youth alienation and cultural polarization, community-based artistic practices are sprouting up around the world as antidotes to policies of austerity and social exclusion. Rejecting the radical individualism of the neoliberal era, many…
Circus Life: Performing And Laboring Under America's Big Top Shows, 1830-1920

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Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Sideshow And Other Carnival Curiosities
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|April 7, 2020

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From displays of the human form—both beautiful and grotesque—to tricks of illusion, and wonders from the far-off world, the sideshow has captivated audiences since its popularity arose in the Victorian Era. It was those featured on the side stages of…
When The Circus Came To Town! An American Tradition In Photographs
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|March 24, 2020

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“The photographs in this book focus on the people—from midway artists to roustabouts, from performers and their families to the audiences who watch them each night—who create the magic of the circus. Rogala’s work presents the highs and…
Lost Circuses of Ohio
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|March 18, 2019

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The nineteenth century was the golden age of the circus in Ohio. Before the Ringling brothers became synonymous with the American circus, Cincinnati's John Robinson and the Sells brothers of Columbus wowed audiences with stunning equestrian feats and aerial…
Never Quote The Weather To A Sea Lion: And Other Uncommon Tales From The Founder Of The Big Apple…

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Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion (and other uncommon tales from the founder of the Big Apple Circus) is a celebration of Paul Binder's life in and around the circus. Drawing on thirty-five years with the show he created, the Big Apple Circus' founder and…
Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline

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This engaging memoir follows the life and career of circus performer Tiny Kline (1891-1964) from the burlesque house to the circus tent, and on to Disneyland and the silver screen. While working for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Kline became…
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