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When patrons go to a circus they come away with visions of performers, spangles, spotlights, and the smell of popcorn, but there is much more to a circus. There are people. People from many backgrounds, nations, religions, and customs. We are a multi-cultural society all working together to put on a circus performance.

Think about the many skills necessary to move a circus. It takes managers, performers, musicians, concessionaires, mechanics, electricians, welders, wardrobe makers, cooks and the list goes on and on.

This web site is intended to be about Circus People, the people that for many generations have made the circus an American tradition. The individuals and families who have devoted their lives to the circus.

On this site we will attempt to introduce you to these people. You will learn about the acts they did, the circuses and sideshows they operated, the triumphs they achieved and the hardships and tragedy they endured.


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Chuck Schlarbaum chuck schlarbaum obituary and services
January 09, 1938 - June 17, 2016

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Chuck Schlarbaum passed away on June 17, 2016
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Pope Francis Host Circus People

Circus Legend Pete Cristiani Passed Away

Circus Performer Terry O'Brien Dies

Ramos Bros. Circus Motorcycles Stolen

Burglar damages Circus World Museum offices

Circus Legend Mary Ruth Herriot has Passed Away

UniverSoul Circus Aerialist Falls

John Ringling inducted into Florida Tourism Hall of Fame

Hugo to Expand Showfolks Cemetery

Grenade explodes at peruvian circus, 11 wounded.

Elephant Escapes Circus, Kills Man Taking Morning Walk

Dolly Jacobs to Receive the Prestigious
2015 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship

Performer Falls in Houston


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