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HULLA HOOP

HULLA HOOP

Be mystified by our performers who twirl countless hula hoops.

RING OF DEATH

RING OF DEATH

One wrong move and you’ll have to call 999.

BONELESS ACT

BONELESS ACT

Meet the world’s most flexible men and women.

PARADE

PARADE

Come be a part of our annual parade.

FLYING TRAPEZE

FLYING TRAPEZE

Watch our finest acrobats perform death-defying stunts.

AFRICAN FIRE DANCE

AFRICAN FIRE DANCE

A fiery spectacle that cannot be explained in words.

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Things you didn’t know about the Circus Elephant

Elephant-trail

It is actually a funny story about how Circus Elephants came to be. Hachaliah Bailey who is referred to as the father of the American Circus once bought an elephant to keep as a farm animal. In his mind, he thought that the elephant would be a useful farm animal like a horse. But comically, the elephant ate as much as she could and was all-around useless when it came to being a farm animal. So Bailey decided to take her along with him and charged people around 40 cents to see her. The spectacle was a massive hit as she was the most adorable attraction ever. Bailey realised that he had struck gold; this realisation lead to the inclusion of elephants in the circus scene. That piece of history in itself is a fact; read further to learn more interesting facts about the circus elephant.

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Binge Drinking

People think elephants are lazy, but they are boozy. Circus elephants are often treated with the best alcohol that is known to man. When they are free, and there is no show happening, elephants are treated with beer and wine. In case there is a celebration, the circus elephants get Tennessee Whiskey, their favourite choice of alcohol.

The small problem

Cartoons have often depicted the big elephant to be scared of mice. There is a bit of history that actually holds the key to unlocking the myth. Actually, it is not a myth at all. The fact of the matter is that circuses tend to become damp and cramped; due to this, there will be a lot of mice where the elephants rest. The mice tend to gnaw at the hoofs and tails of these mighty creatures, which lead to the elephants getting scared by them because of the discomfort.

Serial Killers

Circus elephants caused a lot of people their lives. These animals are usually expected to stay in an enclosure along with other animals and would be required to train and practice the routine. The problem arises when the caged elephant goes through a hormonal change called musth. Musth leads to male elephants getting 60 times more testosterone than normal; this results in them going into rage mode and destroying everything in their path. A lot of trainers, circus artists and other animals have lost their lives as result of these enraged creatures. Circuses have become wiser and prefer to hire female elephants more than male ones to prevent such occurrences.

 

Circus: A Short History

We have all been there; tuning giddy at the site of the circus entrance as a kid, clutching on to our parents. We were marvelled by the best of acts that took our breaths away. There is something nostalgic about circuses; they seem to transport us to a different time and place. A time that is void of technology and stress and a place that is magical to say the very least. Here in this article, we look at a short and brief history of the Circus.

Circus has had a chequered past and the form of entertainment surfaced in the Roman Empire. To many people’s surprise, the first show was actually put up in the 1st century BC. It had a mix of events but the main attraction was the chariot race that used to have more than 150,000 people in attendance. But the circus also involved other acts that are seen today, such as the acrobatics and juggling.

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The Circus really gained momentum in the year 1782; the year marks the inception of the royal circus. The royal circus was thought of Charles Hughes. The royal circus brought many forms of entertainment under the umbrella term called circus acts. A lot of people benefited due to creation of the royal circus. Before the royal circus was set up, people used to go to different venues to see acrobats and animal-trainers. But the foresight of Charles Hughes, completely transformed the entertainment industry of that time and he is also credited for creating an impact that still resonates to this day. He not only provided quality entertainment to people but also created a whole new line of entertainment for people to enjoy. His efforts cannot be understated in the grand scheme of things. The royal circus breathed life into a number of acts that would have otherwise been only seen in history books. The fact that kids today can still be enthralled by a juggler is because of Charles Hughes.

Charles Hughes is in many ways the pioneer but the world-wide popularity of Circus was as a result of the permanent circus being setup in Las Vegas in the year 1968. Circus was seen as a mainstream form of entertainment and it reached record heights since then. The truth of the matter is that the Circus as a whole had a bad decade with the advent of technology but with more and more people wanting to be swept off their feet with nostalgia, the Circus form of entertainment is making a strong comeback.