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Star Astley's Circus, the story of an English Hussar, new book on the life and times of Philip Astley and his role in the formation of the circus. Astley was one of the most famous and popular entrepreneurs of the 18th Century - a man dubbed "the father of the modern circus." Lots of illustrations! Details at Astley's Circus

Star Circus trainmaster: moving the show. Video interview with Joe Colossa, trainmaster on the Ringling Bros. Blue Unit, which has just completed its two-year tour of the "Dragons" edition and is heading to Florida to gear up for the new "Legends" show which will debut in Tampa in early January. Lane Talburt followed Joe and his crew with his video camera as he supervised the load-in of the circus train in Bridgeport, CT, on an early Monday morning in October and later the load-out on the following Sunday night. Joe worked his way up from concessions to trainmaster on Ringling Bros. Blue Unit. Produced by Lane Talburt, CHS trustee and video producer. YouTube Video.

Star Brian Miser, regularly submits to being catapulted off of a supersize crossbow and to the threat of injury. In this YouTube video, Brian explains the risk factors involved in being launched from the barrel of a cannon or from a supersize open-air crossbow, with live-action images of his "human fuse" routine. Also look for the aerial routines of Skyler Miser, the 9-year-old daughter of Tina and Brian. Produced by Lane Talburt, CHS trustee and video producer. YouTube Video.

2014 Upcoming Events

Star The Amazing Johnny Eck. Baltimore. The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will present never-before-seen personal objects, artifacts and artworks by sideshow performer Johnny Eck (1911-1991), one of Baltimore's most famous citizens. The Amazing Johnny Eck, the largest exhibition of Eck's works, will take place from Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 to Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Fox Building's Decker Gallery, and will showcase hundreds of his works on paper, sculptures, drawings and paintings, including painted screens.

Star World Clown Association Convention, March 25-29, 2014, Northbrook, Illinois. www.worldclown.com

Star Jumbo: Marvel, Myth & Mascot. In 2014 Tufts University will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the arrival on campus of our mascot Jumbo the Elephant with the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue on our main quad and an exhibition at the University Gallery entitled "Jumbo: Marvel, Myth & Mascot" that will run from September to early December. Jumbo came to Tufts as a gift from P.T. Barnum a few years after he was killed in a railroad accident and stuffed by the noted taxidermist Henry Ward of Rochester. Jumbo was prominently displayed until a fire burned the building and its contents in 1975. Jumbo lives on as the Tufts mascot and we aim to commemorate his arrival in 2014. The Jumbo exhibition which will be the first of its kind to narrate his life story from star of the London Zoo to college mascot by means of original images (posters, couriers, photographs, etc.) and artifacts drawn from public and private collections in North America. Curator Andrew McClellan, Professor of Art History, Tufts University, will also author a well-illustrated publication to accompany the show. Circus enthusiasts in the area or passing through Boston will be warmly welcomed!

Star Shrine Circus, A history of the Shrine Circus, by John H. McConnell (hardcover, new condition, out of print). If you've been unable to keep up with the ever-changing Shrine Circus phenomenon without a program, this is the book for you. It's all here: the personalities, the politics, the intrigue. Told with refreshing candor by one who has paid his dues, this fascinating account details every aspect of the operation and fills a much needed place in circus research. Both sympathetic and accurate, this is one of the most concise and thorough studies available of the evolution of twentieth century American circus. Available from CHS, Just click on Merchandise to order this book. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to support CHS.

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Circus Historical Society  New! March 2014

Star Greater Show World, April 1930, circus and show business news. (large file, added March 09)

Star Circus Report, 1980: (partial, news, articles, etc. are included, pdf files added March 09)
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      October 06    October 13    October 20    October 27

      November 03    November 10    November 17    November 24

      December 01    December 08    December 15    December 22


Star Circus Report, 1980: (partial, news, articles, etc. are included, pdf files added March 03)
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February

Star Circus Report, 1980: (partial, all news, articles, etc. are included, pdf files added February 27)
      May 05    May 19    May 26

      June 02    June 09    June 16    June 23    June 30

Star Great Wallace Shows, 1904 offical route book (pdf file, added February 20)

Star Circus Report, 1980: (partial, all news, articles, etc. are included, pdf files added February 20)
      April 07    April 14    April 21    April 28

Star Circus Report, 1980: (partial, all news, articles, etc. are included, pdf files added February 14)
      March 03    March 10    March 17    March 24    March 31

Star Circus Report, 1980: (partial, all news, articles, etc. are included, pdf files added February 10)
      February 11    February 18    February 25

      January 07    January 14    January 21    January 28

Star Circus Report, 1979: (partial, all news, articles, etc. are included, pdf files added February 07)
      December 03    December 10    December 17

      November 05    November 12    November 19    November 26

      October 01    October 08    October 15    October 22    October 29

Star Circus Report, 1979: (partial, all news, articles, etc. are included, pdf files added February 05)
      September 03    September 10    September 17    September 24

      August 06    August 13    August 20    August 27

Star Sparks Circus, 1946 offical route book (pdf file, added February 02)

Star Clyde Beatty-Wallace Bros., 1943 offical route book (pdf file, added February 02)

Star Circus Report, 1979: (partial, all news, articles, etc. are included, pdf files added February 02)
      July 02    July 09    July 16    July 23    July 30

      June 04    June 11    June 18    June 25

Star Circus Report, 1979: (partial, all news, articles, etc. are included, pdf files added February 01)
      April 02    April 09    April 16    April 23    April 30

      May 07    May 14    May 21    May 28

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