Tuesday, March 29, 2011

10 Circus Facts!

MORE Circus Facts

1. The word circus comes from the Latin word meaning circle, or ring!

2. A tradional circus is a trained company of acrobats, animals and clowns that work in unison.

3. Performers let you know their act is finished with their own special signature, a wink or a hand gesture.

4. It is harder to get into the Ringling Brothers Clown school than Harvard law school!

5. The human cannonball travels at warp speeds of 60-70 miles per hour!

6. For good luck, some performers keep an elephant hair in their pocket, from the tail of the elephant!

7. There is a New York City Trapeze School.

8. Whistling backstage is considered bad luck.

9. Performers NEVER eat peanuts backstage. Bad luck all the way around!

10. The circus is over 2000 years old!


Liz Straw said...

I actually knew someone who tried to get into RB Clown School, she was not successful. I think she spent almost a year trying.

Did not bother me a bit since I abhor clowns - actually I have a phobia. Vincennes IN has a Clown Day on Red Skeleton's Birthday (he was born here) I avoid it with a passion.

Brenda Sturgis said...

Hi Liz,

The fear of clowns...


My nephew was petrified, it was sad to watch the fear in his face. But hope you like my 10 Turkey clowns in August. Thanks for reading and for posting!

Peng Peng said...

you may find this interesting...Ten Fast Facts about Animals in circuses here:

Suniai Mikas said...

Thank you. It really helped with homework. :-)

Unknown said...

It's bad luck to whistle backstage in any theatre or performance space as this is how the stage riggers talk to each other. If you whistle you are likely to have something dropped on your head!