Circus Freaks and Human Oddities

Circus Freaks and Human Oddities

In honor of Halloween last week, I wanted to talk about freak shows! Freakshows or side shows, though not associated with the circus as much any longer, were in their height during the 19th century. Many researchers argue that freak show performers were exploited because of their disabilities. Yet working in a freak show during the 19th century was actually a very respectable way to earn a living. Some were able to have a good life through exhibitions, and even gain celebrity status, commanding high salaries. This type of performance also provided independence to disabled people who otherwise may not have had a source of income.

Don't Look Down

Don't Look Down

I can’t believe it’s been a full month since I came to Philadelphia to start my circus dream. As this life finally begins to feel normal, I'm beginning to delve into the various circus disciplines I've bene working on! Check out this week's post on wire walking!