Circus Acts/Re:Clowing

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Hi there,

I'm trying to find information on the history of the circus and the history of clowning. I'm writing a novel that will be set in England in the late nineteenth century.  Could you possibly point me in the direction of where I could find some comprehensive information? I would like to find out, for example information such as what clowning make up was made from.

Thank you for your time

Kind regards,
Lou

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I can't really answer your question as my knowledge only goes back as far as my own career and my teachers. However, you may be able to find what you're looking for on some of these sites:

www.circushistory.org

http://circusworld.wisconsinhistory.org/

http://www.historybuff.com/library/refcircus.html

http://www.jugglenow.com/history-of-the-circus.html  

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Thayr has been touring and performing since the age of 10. Thayr excelled in the circus arts under the expert tutelage of performers from the Romanian State Circus. Thayr's interest in circus involves Rolla-Bolla Balance, Aerials, Juggling, Unicycle, Stilts, Acrobatics and Comedy. Thayr is also an accomplished stunt-man, having worked on numerous Hollywood films and TV shows (imdb.com/name/nm2401762).

Experience

At a young age I started touring with my parents, musicians and artists, working at various festivals and Renaissance Faires. I was enamored with the entertainers and street performers and over the years befriended many of them and began to learn the trade. I eventually came to a point in my studies that I sought out a performance school. After considering many schools I choose a course with the Academy of Circus Arts in England. I excelled under the tutorage of Romanian State Circus performers, Gheorge Tache and Marius Ionescu. I now continue to practise, perform, and refine my skills in the performance arts.

Education/Credentials
Academy of Circus Arts, England.
The Aerial Classroom, Los Angeles CA.
Private training: Arsene Dupin, Daniel Looker, Marius Ionescu, Gheorghe Tache.

Past/Present Clients
Cirque Mechanics: Birdhouse Factory
Circus Smirkus
Cirque Berzerk, Los Angeles 2009
Bulgarian State Circus
Zippo's Festival Circus
Street Performer: Los Angeles CA
Nothing Over 7 Minutes Variety Show
Cirquewood
French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts
The Ohio Renaissance Festival
Scarborough Faire The Renaissance Festival

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