Circus Fun Facts

Circus Fun Facts


From aerial acts of skill to magic tricks
and clowns, for generations the circus has put on a show like none other in the world! In this video discover amazing and true facts
about the circus and its band of fascinating performers! Grab some popcorn bring your friends pull up a chair – its time for
: circus fun facts! The very first circuses were held in Ancient
Rome. These ancient roman circus extravaganza included
horse shows, staged battles and jugglers. The word circus is derived from the latin
world Kirkos which means “ring” or “circle”. After the roman empire It look some time before
the modern day “greatest show on earth” game into being. Philip Astley is hailed as being the father
on the modern circus performance. Born in 1742 in England, this showman was
the son of a cabinet maker and started his circus after serving in the armed forces. Philips early day circus included many feats
of horsemanship in a circular arena. Early year circuses in America were revolutionized
by PT Barnum and William Coup who launched their circus and freak show in the in 1800s. Barnum and coop found a way to commercialize
the circus on a massive scale! With enormous tents and many acts of acrobatics
and animals. The Barnum circus also included a so called
“freak show” with many human oddities of the day. Travelling by rail the circus could reach
a new city to perform in every day, making the circus business a highly lucrative trade. Despite being portrayed as a champion for
human rights in the film “the greatest showman” PT Barnum was known as a real fraudster and
a snake oil salesman. Many of his acts were all bark and no bite
with false advertising luring many to his shows. Regardless of his questionable ethics, there
is no question that Barnums travelling circus entertained, inspired and awed many thousands
of viewings for years during its hay day. During the golden years of circus, other forms
of entertainment were scarce Without Television, movies or internet, the circus was the most
entertaining thing that town could see for the entire year! The tent would fill night after night, grossing
millions in profitable ticket sales. Did you know that Jumbo the elephant was actually
a real elephant? Jumbo was a world famous massive elephant
that was used by the Barnum circus to attract many awe struck locals to his show. Jumbo sadly passed away after being struck
by a train. The massive Barnum and Bailey circus was later
merged with the Ringling brothers circus which turned into the longest running circus in
America’s History. The circus only recently closed in 2017 after
146 years of shows. At its peak the circus employed 1000 individuals
in addition to 350 horses and 92 railway cars. The decline in the modern circus popularity
cant really be put down to one particular reason. There are more options these days, for entertainment
and the cost of hiring talented performers has increased significantly since the 1800s. Today many animal activists are working to
end the use of animals in the circus as the conditions often cramped and mistreatment
of animals is often cited as a reason to not visit a local circus. The Cirque Du Soleil is a popular modern version
of the circus which does not utilise animals but rather relies on highly talented individuals,
modern performing art and theatre to sell tickets around the world. Cirque was launched in 1984 in Montreal Canada
and has been growing in popularity every since. The company now employs more than 1300 artists
originating from 50 different countries? Have you seen any Cirque Du Soleil shows? Let us know in the comments below. We hope you enjoyed these circus facts! Don’t forget to like this video and subscribe
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