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In our season 1 wrap up we explore the classic physical comedy gag commonly associated with  circus  and clowning, but this sticky slapstick act transcends circus and spread to mainstream by way of the silver screen.  We discuss the differences
Enjoy this delicious episode full of fun origin stories from your favorite circus and carnival treats. Some more delicious than others and we found that the circus is great at improvising when it comes to concessions! We also learned that Ameri
In this high flying episode we plunge head first into the famous  generational circus family The Zacchini's best known for their thrilling double cannon ball act that spanned nearly 7 decades and toured world wide.   Listen to find out their se
We explore a bit of history not often uncovered - high platform horse diving !!! We also explore the life and adventures of one of the most famed female horse divers Sonora Webster Carver, who was the inspiration for popular Disney film  'Wild
Number two skidooo. This will all makes sense after you have a listen. In our Minisode #2 where we asked YOU the listeners,  to send in some of your favorite, scariest or most memorable Circus Stories and Callie B also shares one of many epic c
In this riveting episode Callie and Mark do an exploration of Circus and Circus Life as represented in main stream media, namely film and television and Callie's uses popular pieces of media, old and new, that feature Circus and how accurately
 Mark and Callie discuss the "World Famous" Ringling Bros Clown College! Are clowns born or are they made?? What do they actually teach at Clown College and how did it start?  Also, what other places offer clown schooling! All that and more sil
What do run away trains, circus animal processions, and going to the circus on psychedelics all have in common!!?? Well, not much, but these are  just a glimpse of what our listeners shared with us for our FIRST ever Minisode where we asked YOU
Larger than life is a cliché but in this case it is more true than ever! In this episode we discuss General Tom Thumb aka Charles Stratton. One of PT Barnum's first talent finds, and arguably the first international child star... starting at th
When you think Circus, what tasty treats come to mind? In this mouth watering episode we are discussing a brief history on a few fan favorites often served at a traditional Circus ...cotton candy, popcorn, peanuts and so much more! We also expl
We celebrate the one and only Myrtle Corbin and discuss her incredible life AND incredible wage she earned  (get that money girl).  Joined by a very special guest - Krysta Z,  the trio do a dive deep into Myrtle's many life experiences, encount
In this episode we explore a brief overview of how the Circus travels and its evolution over the years. We discuss the various methods of travel used world wide, and how some countries deal with their location limitations. We also  take  dive d
A sneak peek of our Patreon because it is the season for giving!!  Here is a sample of what you can expect  if you subscribe to the patreon ... get ready for a killer interview with Callie B's father as he recants his time as a kid visiting Jun
CLOWN JUSTICE! Learn about the time honored tradition of painting  EGGS -- YAH! You read that right -- Eggs ...  to register one's clown makeup and protect the artist's identity.  This  seriously silly episode covers official clown business pra
Get your best clown shoes and a funny pen that squirts water - its time for a clown quiz. We do a medium dive into the origins of clowning.   We discuss  the three different types of clown face paint and where it stems from, we chew on some sol
In this flipping rad episode we discuss  how seals AND ...sea lions have become a thing of the past in American circus. We discuss some SERIOUS seal and sea lion cuteness, habitat behavior,  early circus beginnings, their life performing on the
In this episode we move out WEST!!! We explore the wild life and adventures of Annie Oakley, best known for her sharp shooting skills and top billing act with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.   Hear about how Annie was requested to shoot at peopl
All we gotta say is WHOA! In our devilish episode 13, we merge the two best things; Circus/Sideshow and True Crime.  We explore the unbelievable murders and trials that centered around Grady Stiles Jr.  AKA "The Lobster Boy".  This dude is a re
Gooble Gobble, Gooble Gobble -   One of us, One of us ...Join us for this BEHEMOTH episode as we deep dive into the controversy that swirled around the cult classic, Tod Browning's 1932 film FREAKS! Callie B and Mark are joined by sideshow afic
Just a special Bonus circus story straight from Callie B's family roots. Enjoy this tiny "flea circusode" and don't shoot the messenger!  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/circusstories)
Today's episode we explore the illusive act - The Hair Hang! Yeah! The act of quite literally hanging by one's hair. No tricks or magic here, this act is legit. BUT how the heck do these performers do it!? And what is their hair care regimen? A
Half Man  / Half Elephant  ...  HARDLY!! Join us as we revisit the life of Joseph Merrick aka The Elephant Man. We discuss his trials and tribulations as he navigates an unforgiving world but DO NOT WORRY.. this story has a happy ending ....sor
The riveting conclusion to Mabel Stark's incredible story. We continue our journey with the infamous Tiger Queen of the circus and her increasing number of husbands and tiger attacks. Mabel gets a taste for Hollywood, rubs elbows with Mae West
Tiger King move OVER!! Mabel Stark can surely be labeled the Tiger Queen. As the first female headlining a Big Cat act in a U.S. circus, Mabel paved the way for so many female trainers that followed. Small in stature, but tough as nails, and a
 We do a deep dive and discuss the astounding lives of the original "Siamese Twins" Chang and Eng Bunker, and explore how they navigated a wild world of pirate captains, sideshow careers, crappy managers, and ... surely a complicated love life/
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