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The Multi-Ring Republican Nomination Circus

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The sheer size of the Republican field, even at this early date, is downright astonishing. By some calculations, there are over two dozen valid possibilities for the Republican nomination.

A Ringmaster Goes Country

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I was suddenly at ease and excited. This appealed to me. For a good song is a good story, and even with my minimum knowledge of the music I knew no genre tells better stories than country, and the circus has plenty of stories.

The Wonder Working Power of the Circus Arts

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Such is the wonder and working power of Arts Education. Give a child the Arts and you give them access to a world far beyond anything they've ever known.

Sixty Seven Elephants in Need of Immediate Rescue in India

Wildlife SOS | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Wildlife SOS

Suzy is one of sixty-seven pachyderms living in terrible conditions in Indian circuses, despite a nationwide ban on the use of elephants in such shows. The next step for Suzy and the others is to find their way to safety thanks to Wildlife S.O.S.

The Lucent Dossier Experience Returns to Las Vegas on 12/5 And 12/6

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Running away to join the circus has become much more enticing since the emergence of electro-cirque tribe, The Lucent Dossier Experience. Combining a neo-tribal, steam punk aesthetic with orchestral electronic music creates a rich and textured palette for your senses.

Is There Any Hope for Two Retired Circus Elephants, Rosie and Opal?

Christina M. Russo | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Christina M. Russo

Since 2012, Rosie and Opal -- a pair of middle-aged, retired circus elephants -- had been living at Hope Elephants, a facility in Hope, Maine. But Rosie and Opal's storyline took an unexpected turn.

Physical Magic Under the Big Top: Cirque du Soleil's Kurios in SF

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.19.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Who could fault the creators of Cirque du Soleil's visual extravaganzas for dressing each new show in some fresh and exotic guise? Novelty, after all, is an essential part of entertainment.

12 Street Performances That Are Better Than Anything You'll See On TV

Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment

Step right up, folks! And welcome to the oldest, grandest, most splendiferous show on Earth. Matriculants of this ancient open-air university include ...

What Happens When A Photographer Joins The Circus

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 10.31.2014 | Arts

This post originally appeared on Slate. By Jordan G. Teicher Some children dream of running away and joining the circus, Norma I. Quintana dr...

Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna: A Lost World Where Women Reign

Christine Horansky | Posted 11.05.2014 | Women
Christine Horansky

On an island deep in the ocean mists, the moon rises over a mythic world where women rule the winds and tides. Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna, now playing...

WATCH: The Twisted Life Of A Sideshow King

HuffPost | Emily Kassie | Posted 09.16.2014 | Weird News

A lot of people talk about running off to join the circus. For Ward Hall, that was just the first step in an amazing career, working side-by-side with...

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Remembering Tyke, The Rebellious Circus Elephant, And Her Tragic Death

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green

Mention “Tyke the elephant” to anyone who lived in Honolulu 20 years ago and chances are they’ll shake their head and talk about what a dark mom...

Circus Brings Rare Moment Of Laughs To Afghan Children So They Can 'Taste A Peaceful Life'

Associated Press | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan children tumble, juggle, smile and laugh as they roll over mats and keep bowling pins in the air, performing a ...

Brilliant Ventures Out of the Box With 'Kid Box' From Feng Dance Theater at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Helen I. Hwang

For the first time, the Feng Dance Theater from Tainan, Taiwan is making its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. And boy, have they exploded onto the international stage.

Ringling Brothers vs Animal Activists (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Jon Hotchkiss

Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros circus, July 15, 2014 "Ladies and gentlemen... boys and girls... children of all ages...." There is no phrase...

Those Fabulous Animals

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I learned two things upon joining The Greatest Show On Earth over 15 years ago. 1) Top billing belongs to the four-legged mammals and 2) circus at its purest is a celebration of living things at their utmost.

The Tools for Change: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

This Woman Was Told She Would Soon Go Blind. So She Joined Circus School

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living

If doctors told you that you would soon lose your vision entirely and there was no treatment or cure available, what would you do? Would you fall into...

Ward Hall -- King of the Sideshow

Tim R. O'Brien | Posted 08.26.2014 | Weird News
Tim R. O'Brien

Ward Hall has the memory of an elephant, the exaggerative dialogue of a Ginsu Knife salesman and a sequined wardrobe that would have made Liberace turn his head.

"Geek Love" Author Champions Film

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 08.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

American's have long been fascinated by the lives of "freaks." June 27th the award-winning documentary Bound by Flesh opens.

Can Freaks Find Love?

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

When vaudeville superstar Violet Hilton one half of Siamese twins tried to marry the musical director of her band, Maurice Lambert in 1934, she had every confidence she would succeed.

YouTube: Changing the Speed at Which We Move

Joe Putignano | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Joe Putignano

Now that people are learning new things faster, and recording what they are doing, it challenges others to do something more advanced, in other words, "one-upping" and that ultimately continues the trend.

Ringling Brothers Should Put Money Where Mouth Is

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The more you learn about the behind-the-scenes workings of circuses, the worse you feel about what they're doing. Highly intelligent animals are often chained for a majority of their lives, shipped to dozens of cities a year, separated from their family groups, and struck with bullhooks to force them to submit and perform unnatural tricks.

Prayers for Ringling Circus Aerialists

Lee-En Chung | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Lee-En Chung

Next time you take your kids, grandchildren or even your parents to the circus, please keep in mind that the artistry can be spectacular, the acts can be death-defying, and the show must go on.

This Woman Went From Tech Executive To Circus Performer -- And She Couldn't Be Happier

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women

On any day of the week, Linda Souza is likely dangling from two wisps of fabric, or a hoop suspended 20 feet in the air, relying on nothing but her ow...