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Category Archives: Circus

Actors offer action plan over drama school racism – BBC News

A group of young BAME actors who have spoken out about racial discrimination they endured at a leading drama school have proposed their own action plan. The Royal Central School … Continue reading


Buffalo Bill’s wild west show thrills 1894 Brooklyn | Ephemeral New York

Part circus, part vaudeville act, part patriotic celebration of a mythic American frontier, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was a huge summer draw when this traveling extravaganza booked time i… … Continue reading

07/17/2017 · 2 Comments

Circuses, Magic and Hypnotism: Welcome to the World of Victorian Entertainment | Atlas Obscura

Magic shows, wax works exhibits, hypnotism displays, circuses and séances. For the Victorians, there was no shortage of options for an evening’s entertainment, which may explain the hyperbole of their … Continue reading

12/10/2016 · Leave a comment

The History Girls: Victorian Tattooed Ladies: Circus freaks or pioneering feminists? by Katherine Clements

The history of tattooing goes back to prehistory but the English word, in this context, is first attested in the writings of Captain Cook. An entry in Cook’s ship’s log … Continue reading

11/16/2016 · 1 Comment

November 2, 1887: Ode to a Nightingale – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Wild and crazy entrepreneur, P.T. Barnum was known for bringing audiences such high-brow entertainers as Tom Thumb, the Feejee Mermaid, and Zip the Pinhead. As he said, “Nobody ever lost … Continue reading

11/02/2016 · Leave a comment

Two Nerdy History Girls: From the Archives: Bird Millman, Bewitching High Wire Artiste

One of our recent Friday Videos featuring an unidentified woman dancing along a precariously high-wire far above the streets of an equally unidentified city. Our astute Nerdy History readers were quickly able … Continue reading

04/14/2016 · Leave a comment

vintage everyday: Children fascinated by a circus billboard, ca. 1930s

Children fascinated by a circus billboard, ca. 1930s Silvan Drew Circus Source: vintage everyday: Children fascinated by a circus billboard, ca. 1930s

03/12/2016 · Leave a comment

Victoria Chaplin … very much her father’s daughter. | 1951 Club

Victoria Chaplin is a British circus performer. She was born on May 19, 1951 in Santa Monica, California. She is the daughter of comedian Charlie Chaplin from his fourth wife, Oona O’Neill, and the granddaughter … Continue reading

02/23/2016 · Leave a comment

The Snake-Charmer’s Peril: 1883

Originally posted on Mrs Daffodil Digresses: DAMAJANTE’S PERIL The Snake-Charmer in a Circus Nearly Crushed by a Huge Python. A thrilling incident happened in Forepaugh’s circus, recently, while Nala…

08/16/2015 · Leave a comment

Showmanship and Mass Frenzy: Blondin’s Niagara Stunt

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 30th of June 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope. “About 25,000 thrill-seekers arrived by…

06/30/2015 · Leave a comment