A circus is a performance or show by traveling organizations with well train performers. Typical circuses always includes; clowns, acrobats, trained animals, musicians, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and other stunt-oriented artists. Circus was derived from a Latin word circus, which means “circle” or “ring” and is over 2000 years old. The word also describes their performances in unison and in a simultaneous manner. And the performances that will be about to show off is often brought in by the ringmaster. Ringmaster is the person in charge of performances in a circus ring and who has a role similar to the Master of Ceremonies. It presents performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the flow of the show. Circus often travels with its own band and performs on places with big occasions and events. “Clowns getting into the act” is a very familiar theme in any circus. Daredevil stunt acts and sideshow acts are also parts of some circus acts; these activities may include fire eating, breathing and dancing, knife throwing, magic shows, sword swallowing or strongman. One of the popular sideshow attractions from the early 19th century was the flea circus, where fleas were attached to props and viewed through a Fresnel lens.
There are fast facts about circuses. Like any other presentations, people from the circus have their traditional way to elevate good luck, some performers will keep an elephant hair on their pocket and they get it from the elephant’s tale and whistling from the backstage is considered bad luck. They also believe that eating peanuts backstage is going to be a bad luck all the way, as well. Performers will let you know that their act is finished with their own special signature, like a wink or a hand gesture. The thing about circus is that, you will be greatly entertained and will surely make you hold your breath with the performances of the circus performers. One very amazing thing about circuses is the animals, too. A variety of animals have historically been used in acts while the types of animals used vary from the circus to circus. Domestic animals like big cats, horses, birds, sea lions and bears are the most common.
The earliest involvement of an animal in a circus is just the display of exotic creatures, but not going as far back as the early days, they thought about training the animals and all of the sudden, animals have been a great part of the reason why circus has been very popular. Since then, circus cannot be considered circus without the involvement of an animals.