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Discussion in 'Circus and Stage Clowning' started by Pinkberry, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Snoetje

    Snoetje Well-Known Member

    *Snoetje laughs*
  2. The Princess of Bozonia

    The Princess of Bozonia Administrator Staff Member


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  3. Hall Pass

    Hall Pass New Member

    I love going through these pictures; are there any great resources on american circus history (books, movies, etc)?
  4. tim

    tim Have red nose, will travel

    Well, on my bookshelf, I see titles such as:

    The Wild West by Don Russel

    Circus: From Rome to Ringling by Marian Murray

    The Circus: Lure and Legend by Fenner and Fenner

    Wild Tigers and Tame Fleas by Ballantine

    The Pickle Family Circus by Lorant-Carroll

    Big Apple Circus by Simon

    Show Trains of the 20th Century by Fred Dahlinger, Jr.

    Circus, Man, Beasts, and Joys of the Road by Paul Eippper

    Highballing On The Moonlight Lady by Rhett Coates

    Clowns by John H. Towsen

    Clown Alley by Bill Ballentine

    Circus Clowns on Parade by Gladys Emerson Cook

    Wild Animal Circus by Dennis J. Younger

    Gypsy Hot bloods by Ward Hall, Kathleen Kotcher, editor

    Circus Dreams by Lynn Goldsmith

    1000 Clowns: More or Less by H. Thomas Steele

    Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You Never Heard Of by David Carlyon

    Circus Stories by Glenn "Frosty" Little

    The Pickle Clowns: New American Circus Comedy by Professor Joel Schechter PhD

    The Acrobat: A Showman's Topsy-Turvy World from Buffalo Bill to the Beatles by George A. Hamid & George A. Hamid Jr.

    The Amazing Circus Poster edited by Kristen L. Spangenberg and Deborah W. Walk

    The Circus that Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest: Memoir of a Delible Character by Nick Weber

    I, additionally, have a box full of stuff that I gained from an auction last year which I haven't been able to get around to shelving.

    I'd also seriously suggest that anyone interested in Circus History, especially in America, join the Circus Historical Society and read their excellent magazine, Bandwagon.

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  5. Barry Daft (Mr. B. Daft)

    Barry Daft (Mr. B. Daft) Old Bucket Spitter

    If your interested in the history and tradition of circus animals, might I also recommend, The Rose-Tinted Menagerie, by William Johnson. In fact even if your not interested in the circus and it's traditions, I would still recommend you read it.
  6. QT

    QT New Member

    I have an idea this might be a depressing read.:cry:
  7. QT

    QT New Member

    These are great...love the vintage pics!
  8. Hall Pass

    Hall Pass New Member

    Thanks a million! The CHS offers free excerpts from old issues of Bandwagon.. very fun reads!

    Also, sorry for all this noise in a thread marked Shhhh!
  9. tim

    tim Have red nose, will travel

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  10. Grandpa Weatherbie

    Grandpa Weatherbie Well-Known Member

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  11. QT

    QT New Member

    I love the sequined costumes!
  12. Special K'z

    Special K'z Well-Known Member

    What no trained chicken? Come on!
  13. Grandpa Weatherbie

    Grandpa Weatherbie Well-Known Member

    In Olympia, Washington 1948 a circus came through town and a clown dressed similarly to the big clown stole the clown show for us kids. The reason is that he had a huge inner tube of some sort under his costume that allowed him to perform unique acrobatic stunts. The clown would allow us to push him over and he would bounce right back up with a peice of candy in his hand.
    When the circus left town some of us found inner tubes and tried to act just like him. It's not an easy thing to do.
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  14. Fitzwilly

    Fitzwilly COAI Secretary

    I so enjoy looking at the pictures in this thread. There are so many different emotions and thoughts that run through my head. There is so much talent depicted, so much hard work and so much creativity. I would have loved the opportunity to see one and all in action. I go back and look at the pages time and again always noticing different details. Sometimes the older makeup styles seem so... "grotesque" and at other times so perfect in their own way. Looking at groupings of pictures within a theme gives them an extra special punch. You have a magnificant collection and
    I wanted to be sure and let you know that I really do appreciate your taking the time and putting forth the effort it must take to post these wonderful pictures and I am greatly appreciating the pictures themselves.
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  15. Cool Fool

    Cool Fool Clown

    Amen, brother.
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  16. Jodie

    Jodie New Member

    happy valentine's day to you 48
  17. Scruffy

    Scruffy Boss Clown/Administrator

    Amazing! thank you, 48~
  18. The Princess of Bozonia

    The Princess of Bozonia Administrator Staff Member

    I was expecting "finis"!

    Thank you 48; your compilation of clown pictures, artwork, and memorabilia was fascinating.
  19. expressing emotions quite brilliantly why the topic has been named as without the words rightly

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