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A circus history podcast exploring topics like, "How and WHY do Clowns paint their faces", "Who was the first ever Human Cannonball act", "What are common Circus Superstitions" and so much more! Join your host and circus expert (sorta) Callie B, as she shares with pal, comedian and co-host Mark, various stories from circus history. Complete with decoded circus lingo, fun circus facts and a sprinkling of fiction. Theme song by The Cooties.

A circus history podcast exploring topics like, "How and WHY do Clowns paint their faces", "Who was the first ever Human Cannonball act", "What are common Circus Superstitions" and so much more! Join your host and circus expert (sorta) Callie B, as she shares with pal, comedian and co-host Mark, various stories from circus history. Complete with decoded circus lingo, fun circus facts and a sprinkling of fiction. Theme song by The Cooties.

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United States

Description:

A circus history podcast exploring topics like, "How and WHY do Clowns paint their faces", "Who was the first ever Human Cannonball act", "What are common Circus Superstitions" and so much more! Join your host and circus expert (sorta) Callie B, as she shares with pal, comedian and co-host Mark, various stories from circus history. Complete with decoded circus lingo, fun circus facts and a sprinkling of fiction. Theme song by The Cooties.

Language:

English


Episodes

Circus World Theme Park

6/9/2022
FINALLY am I right! We embark on a very thrilling episode as we dive head first (maybe on fire) into the past and uncover the history behind fallen amusement park CIRCUS WORLD, with plans that included a 19 story Elephant shaped hotel, just 10 miles down the road from Disney World. And the mouse perhaps was not into it. Support the show

Duration:01:53:48

Emmett Kelly: The World's Favorite Sad Clown

4/21/2022
Today's episode we explore all the origins and history behind the genius of famous "hobo clown" Emmett Kelly who created the world famous and beloved character clown Weary Willie. Support the show

Duration:01:53:19

The Globe of Death

3/17/2022
We speed into this episode and explore all that surrounds the Globe of Death; over a century old dare devil act known world wise. Join us as we discuss its history, inner workings, the wild affects this act has on its riders ( G- force!) and the physics that make it a reality. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/circusstories)

Duration:01:51:47

Illegal Pies

2/24/2022
Throwing pies as a form of political protest? What are the repercussions for pie crimes? We deep dive into pie politics and activist groups of past and present that utilize pies for public protest as well as the ramifications linked with these non consensual pie throwing. This is serious!!?? Rupert Murdoch pie : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY-dyz_iW1s FAST COMPANY 2017, Baking Brigade :...

Duration:01:39:32

Jumbo The Elephant

1/27/2022
Measuring a staggering 3.2 meters high at the shoulder, and weighing 6000 kgs; we explore this massively influential and incredible elephant Jumbo, the sordid history behind his life and what animal experts and researchers can learn from revisiting his remains. We dive deep into Jumbo's affect on advertising, creating a new word for "BIG" and the alleged conspiracy and mystery that swirls around his untimely death in 1885. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/circusstories)

Duration:02:13:24

The Hilton Sisters: From Sideshow to the Silverscreen

12/20/2021
The World Famous Hilton Sisters. Not those Hilton sisters, but Daisy and Violet Hilton, world famous conjoined twins starting in sideshow and soon become the biggest stars in Vaudeville but bogged down with the worst guardians EVER who try to enter them into some sort of "conservatorship" at age 19 - SOUND FAMILIAR? (*britney spears - cough cough*) How do they become free? Listen to this wild ride of these incredibly talented sisters who triumph over evil - literally. Support the show...

Duration:02:42:26

Halloween Stories: The Legend of Edward Mordrake w/ Krysta Z

10/29/2021
In this incredibly spooky tale we explore the story and lore behind Edward Mordrake; an english noble man said to have been born with a second face on the back of his head; and this face was dubbed his "devil twin". Is this fact or fiction, or a little bit of both? We are joined by sideshow aficionado Krysta Z as we break down the bits and pieces of this fascinating story. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/circusstories)

Duration:01:55:17

The Art of Pie Throwing: A Sloppy History

9/2/2021
In our season 1 wrap up we explore the classic physical comedy gag commonly associated with circus and clowning, but this sticky slapstick act transcends circus and spread to mainstream by way of the silver screen. We discuss the differences between circus and "hollywood" pie throwing, some famous pie fights, and the integral rules in the art of pie throwing. Watch Mr. Flip ( 1909 ): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcJaN9n3W6Q&feature=youtu.be Support the show...

Duration:01:26:02

Circus + Carnival Foods: Another Tasty History

7/29/2021
Enjoy this delicious episode full of fun origin stories from your favorite circus and carnival treats. Some more delicious than others and we found that the circus is great at improvising when it comes to concessions! We also learned that America loves to fry stuff, but how we arrive at that conclusion is always an adventure. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/circusstories)

Duration:01:55:29

The Zacchini Family : A Daredevil Dynasty

7/8/2021
In this high flying episode we plunge head first into the famous generational circus family The Zacchini's best known for their thrilling double cannon ball act that spanned nearly 7 decades and toured world wide. Listen to find out their secrets and all their wild adventures and unfortunate accidents along the way as they perfect the cannon technology allowing them to soar farther than any cannon act before them!! Enjoy the video (link below) of the performance in action and visit our...

Duration:01:55:58

Horse Diving + The Story of Sonora Webster Carver

6/10/2021
We explore a bit of history not often uncovered - high platform horse diving !!! We also explore the life and adventures of one of the most famed female horse divers Sonora Webster Carver, who was the inspiration for popular Disney film 'Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken' (1991) However we discuss so much more to Sonora's story that was not included in the film! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/circusstories)

Duration:01:35:13

Minisode #02: Listener Stories

5/20/2021
Number two skidooo. This will all makes sense after you have a listen. In our Minisode #2 where we asked YOU the listeners, to send in some of your favorite, scariest or most memorable Circus Stories and Callie B also shares one of many epic circus memories of her own AND another gem to share... a family story released from the Vault! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/circusstories)

Duration:00:44:59

Circus in Film + TV

5/7/2021
In this riveting episode Callie and Mark do an exploration of Circus and Circus Life as represented in main stream media, namely film and television and Callie's uses popular pieces of media, old and new, that feature Circus and how accurately these media works capture the Circus, some common circus film tropes and how falsely media can represent the circus as well as all the in-betweens. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/circusstories)

Duration:02:01:43

Clown College

4/22/2021
Mark and Callie discuss the "World Famous" Ringling Bros Clown College! Are clowns born or are they made?? What do they actually teach at Clown College and how did it start? Also, what other places offer clown schooling! All that and more silly stuff in this VERY smart episode. Fun sources discussed in episode: RBBB Clown College - HOW TO BE A CLOWN (1986) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbSn5mKFWps Lou Jacobs performing for students 1982...

Duration:02:03:26

Minisode #01: Listener Stories

3/25/2021
What do run away trains, circus animal processions, and going to the circus on psychedelics all have in common!!?? Well, not much, but these are just a glimpse of what our listeners shared with us for our FIRST ever Minisode where we asked YOU the listeners, to send in some of your favorite, scariest or most memorable Circus Stories and we share a few of them with all of you!! Callie B also shares one of many epic circus memories of her own AND an extra special treat... a family story...

Duration:00:53:45

General Tom Thumb: The Incredible Life of Charles Stratton

3/4/2021
Larger than life is a cliché but in this case it is more true than ever! In this episode we discuss General Tom Thumb aka Charles Stratton. One of PT Barnum's first talent finds, and arguably the first international child star... starting at the mere age of 4! We explore Stratton's controversial career beginnings, how he saves PT Barnum from financial hardship, his customized home and sometimes decadent lifestyle and all the fancy friends he makes during his rise to international stardom...

Duration:02:09:15

Circus Foods: A Tasty History

2/18/2021
When you think Circus, what tasty treats come to mind? In this mouth watering episode we are discussing a brief history on a few fan favorites often served at a traditional Circus ...cotton candy, popcorn, peanuts and so much more! We also explore a few Circus inspired foods and their origins including the infamous CIRCUS PEANUTS marshmallow candy. You do not want to miss all the details on those confectionary wonders. Watch Kaboom commercial:...

Duration:02:12:46

Myrtle Corbin: "The Four Legged Girl" w/ Special Guest

1/28/2021
We celebrate the one and only Myrtle Corbin and discuss her incredible life AND incredible wage she earned (get that money girl). Joined by a very special guest - Krysta Z, the trio do a dive deep into Myrtle's many life experiences, encounters with curious doctors, her travels working with "Mr. Circus" himself - PT Barnum, and her alleged rivals with other sideshow workers. For images we discuss during the episode visit our instagram @circus.stories Support the show...

Duration:02:24:38

Circus Travel : Mostly Chooches

1/14/2021
In this episode we explore a brief overview of how the Circus travels and its evolution over the years. We discuss the various methods of travel used world wide, and how some countries deal with their location limitations. We also take dive deep into the life on the Ringling Bros Train - and where it is now!! It is indeed mostly chooches (trains). Please visit our instagram to see images of the train and more! amazing images of life on the train can be seen in link below: (credit:...

Duration:01:44:38

Family Circus Stories: Intro to Patreon!!

12/24/2020
A sneak peek of our Patreon because it is the season for giving!! Here is a sample of what you can expect if you subscribe to the patreon ... get ready for a killer interview with Callie B's father as he recants his time as a kid visiting Jungle Land and seeing Mabel Stark perform, PLUS his experience traveling with Circus Vargas in the 1970s, some scary storm run ins and a few wild animal stories! Check it out and subscribe to our patreon if you dig what you hear! You won't want to miss...

Duration:00:33:10