Tips for Long Trips

One of the most difficult parts about living on the road is that we circus folk have to be minimalists. That means limited wardrobe, supplies, and entertainment. Of course working in a circus does not, by any means, imply that you won’t get bored. Everyone needs something apart from...

Merry Andrew Jul02

Merry Andrew

Lately there’s been a surge of interest in circus life, we’ve all noticed the new books and movies, even reality shows. It’s become pretty clear that the world of the circus is no longer limited to the three ring stage but has spread like wildfire through television and the...

Coulrophobia Jun11

Coulrophobia

If you’ve grown up in the circus like me you’ve seen them before: the loud boisterous teenagers harassing the clowns. Yes, that’s right, I said it. Harassing the clowns. They approach during the pre-show spectacle, snickering to themselves as they draw nearer and nearer to...

Circus Incognitus

Many people have their own ideas of what a true circus should be. If you were to look it up in the dictionary, it would read: 1. A large public entertainment, typically presented in one or more very large tents or in an outdoor or indoor arena,...

Pets on the road

So you’ve been signed for your dream job with your favorite circus. You’re packed and ready to go, but there’s just one little problem. What about the dog? The cat? The goldfish? For short stints on the road you may find it acceptable to leave them with a friend, relative, or...

On the Road Again Aug01

On the Road Again

I somehow doubt that in the few short months I have been working for Circus Girl Magazine I have gained the notoriety that merits a personal article. However, I promised my editor that I would put something out, though it is hard to find a story at 70mph. I’m travelling North on I-90...