The Greatest Show On Earth - Gone Forever!

We visit the Circus every few years!

The Circus Was Always A Great Activity For Family

It is now January 2017 and Kenneth Feld, the chief executive of Feld Entertainment which produces the circus, noted on the Ringling website that ticket sales had been declining for a while but dropped dramatically after the elephants left the show in May 2016. (The show retooled itself and added new human acts but was still full of lions, tigers, alpacas, llamas, and dogs among other animal species.) But the drop in sales and high operating costs "made the circus an unsustainable business."

Paul actually remembers the circus when it came to Culver City on the train. We would ride our bicycles over to the big KFI lot adjacent to See's Candies and watch the elephants pull up the tent poles and haul the ropes to raise the magnificent tent.

He saw the cars being unloaded, the parade to the grounds where the circus was going to be set up.  They worked one entire day getting the tents up, moving the wagons, setting up the "big-top" and preparing the animals. It was in the early 1950's. It's a memory he will always live with.... wonderful days!


1917 at the circus....

At Least Some Of Out Grandkids Have Memories Of The Modern Circus

We love the circus and as we get older, we go with the grand kids.  Please join us for the circus in 2000 , 2007 , 2008 , and 2012 .

About The Circus

Did You Know? - A circus is commonly a travelling company of performers that may include acrobats, clowns, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and other stunt-oriented artists. The word also describes the performance that they give, which is usually a series of acts that are choreographed to music and introduced by a "ringmaster".

A traditional circus performance is normally held in a ring 13m , (42ft) in diameter this dimension was adopted by Philip Astley to enable a horse rider to stand upright on a cantering horse to perform a series of acrobatic manoeuvres and to more easily retain their balance. Most modern circuses have a system of tiered seating around the ring for the public and since the late 19th early 20th century the performance has taken place under canvas and more recently plastic tents commonly called "The Big Top" .

The Circus

2000 With The Porters

The Circus
Lisa, Hannah, Pat, Diane, and Sue

Did You Know? - In Ancient Rome, the circus was a building for the exhibition of horse and chariot races, equestrian shows, staged battles, displays featuring trained animals, jugglers and acrobats. The circus of Rome is thought to have been influenced by the Greeks, with chariot racing and the exhibition of animals as traditional attractions. The Roman circus consisted of tiers of seats running parallel with the sides of the course, and forming a crescent around one of the ends. The lower seats were reserved for persons of rank; there were also various state boxes, e.g. for the giver of the games and his friends. In Ancient Rome the circus was the only public spectacle at which men and women were not separated.

2007 With The Porters And Chartiers

The Circus
We always have a load of fun at the circus probably because we are surrounded by family!

Did You Know? - The modern concept of a circus as a circular arena surrounded by tiers of seats, for the exhibition of equestrian, acrobatic and other performances seems to have existed since the late 18th century.

The popularity of the circus in England may be traced to that held by Philip Astley in London. The first performance of his circus is said to have been held on January 9, 1768. One of Astley's major contributions to the circus was bringing trick horse-riding into a ring, though Astley referred to it as the Circle.

Later, to suit equestrian acts moving from one circus to another, the diameter of the circus ring was set at 42 feet (13 m), which is the size of ring needed for horses to circle comfortably at full gallop. Astley never called his performances a 'circus'; that title was thought up by his rival John Hughes, who set up his Royal Circus a short distance from Astley's 'Amphitheatre of Equestrian Arts' in Lambeth, London.

When Astley added tumblers, tightrope-walkers, jugglers, performing dogs, and a clown to fill time between his own demonstrations, he created a modern circus.

2008 With Friends

Elephants
The greatest show on Earth! 

Did You Know? - Contemporary circus (originally known as nouveau cirque) is a recent performing arts movement that originated in the 1970s in Australia, Canada, France, the West Coast of the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Contemporary circus combines traditional circus skills and theatrical techniques to convey a story or theme. Compared with the traditional circus, the contemporary genre of circus tends to focus more attention on the overall aesthetic impact, on character and story development, and on the use of lighting design, original music, and costume design to convey thematic or narrative content.

For aesthetic or economic reasons, contemporary circus productions may sometimes be staged in theaters rather than in large outdoor tents. Music used in the production is often composed exclusively for that production, and aesthetic influences are drawn as much from contemporary culture as from circus history. Animal acts appear less frequently in contemporary circus than in traditional circus.

Elephants
No show without Elephants

Did You Know? - In the Americas of the first two decades of the 19th century, the Circus of Pepin and Breschard toured from Montreal to Havana, building circus theatres in many of the cities it visited. Victor Pépin, a native New Yorker, was the first American to operate a major circus in the United States.

Later the establishments of Purdy, Welch & Co., and of van Amburgh gave a wider popularity to the circus in the United States. In 1825 Joshuah Purdy Brown was the first circus owner to use a large canvas tent for the circus performance. Circus pioneer Dan Rice was probably the most famous circus and clown pre-Civil War, popularizing such expressions as "The One-Horse Show" and "Hey, Rube!".

The American circus was revolutionized by P. T. Barnum and William Cameron Coup, who launched P. T. Barnum's Museum, Menagerie & Circus, a travelling combination of animal and human oddities, the exhibition of humans as a freak show or sideshow was thus an American invention. Coup was also the first circus entrepreneur to use circus trains to transport the circus from town to town; a practice that continues today and introduced the first multiple ringed circuses.

2012 With Robin And Nick In Anaheim With The Dragons

The Circus