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Circus Report Magazine To Close??

January 05, 2019

In the latest issue of the "The Circus Report" 12/28/2018, Bill & Jan Biggerstaff have released a statement that they will cease publication of the Circus Report as of December 31, 2019.

Their stated begins: "It is with realistic plans that we will cease publishing THE CIRCUS REPORT December 31, 2019. Due to the declining number of subscribers and the increase in online information we have made this decision".

The Circus Report was first published by founder Don Marcks, who published the first edition on January 10, 1972. The publication began as a simple black and white, weekly publication with very few advertisers

Dom Marcks continued to publish the magazine until his death in 2003. After his death, Don's widow handed it over to Bill Biggerstaff the owner of Graphics 2000, (printers of circus posters, programs, tickets and related show business printed materials).

Before the "Circus Report" the show business industry relied on "The New York Clipper, (1853-1920), then beginning in 1894 came the "The Billboard" which covered music, vaudeville, theatre, carnivals and circuses. Next was the "Amusement Business" which focused primarily on carnivals with little attention paid to circuses. In 1972, the circus community was very happy to see a publication devoted entirely to circuses.

The Circus Report has been a very valuable asset to the circus community. We are in hopes that someone will take over and the publication will continue.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks, admiration, and appreciation to Bill & Jan Biggerstaff for their hard work and dedication to our circus industry.

 

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