What is so fascinating about circus life?

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Re: What is so fascinating about circus life?

Post by Julie Green » 09 Jul 2018, 14:55

I think the perceived allure of the circus life revolves around issues of independence, and breaking free from social mores and responsibilities. I have not personally been to a circus since my childhood and, in truth, travelling fairs are rare nowadays...

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Post by fanix1718 » 09 Jul 2018, 20:58

I think circus life has changed a lot. People are not as impresed with the old tricks. They need new stuff like they do in Cirque du Soleil. With that in mind circus people have a lot in their plates. I think that maybe is more stressfull now than it was in the past.

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Post by Richard Whitehead » 10 Jul 2018, 00:40

The most fascinating thing that I noticed about Circus is the risk they undergo in an attempt to make money.

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Post by FictionLover » 11 Jul 2018, 07:10

I think the circus will always have the allure of being exotic and outside the normal everyday experience of most people. I think, in years past this was where people went when they were on the outskirts of society. Either because they desired extraordinary experiences, or they had defects or disabilities which caused them to be viewed as "freaks".
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Post by FictionLover » 11 Jul 2018, 07:11

I think the circus will always have the allure of being exotic and outside the normal everyday experience of most people. I think, in years past this was where people went when they were on the outskirts of society. Either because they desired extraordinary experiences, or they had defects or disabilities which caused them to be viewed by society as "freaks". It was a place to be with those who also felt marginalized.
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Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 12 Jul 2018, 07:45

I think circus life is interesting to the outside observer. I know P. T. Barnum didn't start the idea of a circus, but it's the most recent piece of media that's kind of about circus life. The fact that some circuses, like Barnum's, capitalized on "freaks" give intrigue to someone who might consider themselves as normal. And even circuses that focus more on the talent of individuals, it's got to be something that's extremely hard to keep up with. The talents of some circus people are absolutely incredible, they must have a lot of passion and dedication to that specific talent.

Personally, I haven't been to circus ever. I've seen them on TV and in media. I've seen acts that could've been in a circus at theme parks. I'd be interested to go to a circus once to experience what it's like to take in a show in person though.
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Post by LaurenHaupt » 12 Jul 2018, 20:40

It's like Halloween. Gives you a chance to feel like a kid again.

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Post by juliamenez » Yesterday, 13:41

I think the fascination of circus life is much like the fascination with feats of intense athleticism. I am impressed by gymnastics, and my favorite part of watching the circus (though it has been a while) is always the acrobats.

In a bad sense of the word "fascinating", I am fascinated that circuses still make money off of mistreating animals. I really just like circuses like "Cirque du Soleil" that avoid harm to animals.

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Post by pagesonfire » Yesterday, 17:23

I think it's voyeurism and sensationalism to some degree. We're excited about the unusual and strange in any other part of life as well and I guess circus life is just seen as ~exotic~, which is a huge appeal to some people.

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