I’ve been doing some research on Sky Candy’s business plan and have stumbled on some really interesting resources online about the circus and aerial arts I thought you might be interested in reading about. This is, assuming, you have a tendency to geek out about circus things like I do.
With the anticipated film Water for Elephants – based on the book by Sara Gruen - coming out next month, I suspect there will be heightened interest in reading more about the history of circus – particularly in America.
As an aside – I’m so disappointed that the Twilight dude was cast as Jacob, but hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The Circus in America: 1793 – 1940 is a fascinating look at the rise in popularity of the circus, and how it was introduced in the U.S. It also lists the major circuses of the era and the role animals played.
Moving into modern times, I just discovered Sideshow Circus Magazine, which features contemporary circus performance listings and reviews with a big emphasis on aerial. While it’s heavily focused on European troupes, it’s fun to read the profiles.
Aaaaand, finally, here’s a great story in Inc. Magazine last month on the trend of small circuses giving performers the platform to create new business ventures. Super timely given our work with Sky Candy.