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Ringling Brothers vs Animal Activists (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 07.22.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 06.30.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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...

WATCH: There's Something So Haunting About This

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 04.03.2014 | Arts

When you think about the circus, you may think of elephants, ringleaders and clowns. Well, British circus troop Circulus is not your typical group. ...

Death Defying Father Mike Tells of Hell Rider Days

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Michael Sean Comerford

Freak Show owner Chris Christ, left, and Father Michael Juran talk at the IISA Trade Show last month. This video is brought to you by HoldtheMayoMe...

Trapeze Artist Becomes a Quadriplegic and Still Flies: Olivier Meyrou's Acrobat

Karin Badt | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

In French, the title of the film is different from the English, and it is a shame the original did not translate. The title is Parade, which means "spotter" -- or more interestingly, in French, "the person who assures the other."

Love Supreme

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Good News
Jack Schimmelman

ictoria believes that autistic children are powerful souls who have diminished themselves in a body gone wrong; that they are the very best of us come here to teach. They are angels.

The Adventure Is in the Detour

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Suddenly, there was this sound I'd never heard before that utterly shattered me. Everything and everyone but Domingo went dark. I was raptured, and I knew right then and there, "I am going to be an opera star!"

WATCH: The Five Most Incredible Sideshow Freaks

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 02.18.2014 | Weird News

From bearded women to men with no arms or legs, the outliers of mankind have fascinated us for centuries. Now, thanks to the YouTube channel Dark5,...

Is the American Circus Industry Extinct or Will It Rise From the Ashes?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment
Preetam Kaushik

Let us explore how the decline of American circus was a direct result of this very Americanism, but, to do that we need to first understand the attitude that justifies such differences, especially when we juxtapose all of this with the European model.

Stage Door: Cirkopolis

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.05.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Painchaud says the production is driven by "the poetic impulse of life, the physical prowess of the circus, and the humor, at once serious and lighthearted. Cirkopolis is all about letting go and allowing yourself to be borne aloft by hope."

Big Apple Circus Fun for the Holidays

Tom Murro | Posted 02.25.2014 | New York
Tom Murro

On my way to the show I received a phone call from a woman offering me some friendly advice ''Don't tell any jokes or try to be funny, just be yourself'' Ouch! My Mom sure can be tough sometimes.

Cirque du Soleil Injects Storytelling to Its Stock of Wonders in Amaluna

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.25.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Words fail me. Since the subject of today's dissertation is Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna, which is currently occupying a huge tent near San Francisco Bay, that verbal shortcoming is hardly cause for embarrassment. Theatrical spectacles don't always lend themselves to meaningful description.

Not Born to Perform

Jill Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

Monkeys are dressed in garish clothes and smacked by trainers before they reluctantly ride bikes or horses. Bears wear brightly colored skirts and are forced to stand and skip with ropes, before being punched -- hard in the face -- when they fail.

Chinese Circus Canceled After Citizens Call For Boycott

AP | LOUISE WATT | Posted 12.09.2013 | Green

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese circus featuring animal performances was canceled after citizens called for a boycott and tipped off authorities, in what a...

Mind-Blowing Contortionist Wins 3 Guinness World Records

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.13.2013 | Weird News

Amazing contortionist Leilani Franco makes a triple appearance in the just-released Guinness World Records 2014 for all of her mind-blowing tricks. ...

The Faith Of A High Wire Walker

Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion

Nik Wallenda took just 22 minutes to walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge on a two-inch thick steel cable, 1,500 feet over the water - with no ...