Thursday, May 18, 2017

circus prepares to leave town

Ladies and gentlemen, children
of all ages, say goodbye to the
Greatest Show on Earth’.

A 14-year-old girl named Zazel was the first to be shot out of a cannon, in 1877 London. In the 140 years since, the act’s safety has been vastly improved but never perfected. One circus historian estimated that 30 human cannonballs have died in performance accidents. The most recent death occurred in 2011.

 The oohs and ahs and wonderment and elephants and tigers and clowns getting out of Volkswagens... well, this generation 'has an app for that.'

2 comments:

  1. Bow Zow, The Sacred TricksterMay 19, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    The Circus Arts have moved on.

    Circe Du Soliel style circuses are now in the ascendancy. However, there are circus acts like NYC's Big Apple Circus around.

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