Circus Mania : The Ultimate Book for Anyone Who Dreamed of Running Away with the Circus, Paperback / softback Book

Circus Mania : The Ultimate Book for Anyone Who Dreamed of Running Away with the Circus Paperback / softback


A history of the circus from its origins in the Roman times, through its establishment in Western Europe, and to the modern day circusabsolutely diverse and captivatingCircuses have existedsince Roman times, but centuries later, the circus world has never been more diverse and captivating, the global success of Cirque du Soleil testament to its enduring and universal appeal.

Traditional family circuses for kids, arty cirque-style shows for adults, circuses in tents orin theaters, circuses with animals or without, cabaret-style hybrids on the burlesque circuitthis is an expert guide to their extraordinary history and culture.

The circus requires a uniquetype ofperformer, peoplewho blend the discipline of sports stars with the razzmatazz of showbiz; itinerant but clannish entertainers who have often had circus blood in their families for generations; world class gymnasts who risk death twice daily and help take down the big top afterwards.This historyoffers a journey into this unique world, each chapter an access-all-areas pass to a different circus, talking to the trapeze flyers, clowns, animal trainers, and showmen about their lives, work, families, customs, and traditions. "


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Circus
  • ISBN: 9780720613520

Other Formats



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops

Also by Douglas McPherson