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Rise of the TikTok circus performers


Eldorado

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While the American circus is in serious decline, performers are thriving on TikTok, where the hashtag #circus has 4.2 billion views. Influencers like Lepiarz, the clown @rafaelgarcez, the acrobat @marcospl11, and the aerialist family @the_mcfive_circus have won over millions of followers.

Together, these performers are working to fix the circus’ broken reputation and create a better future for the circus arts.

In the 19th and early 20th century, the circus was the premiere form of American entertainment, and days that the touring shows visited towns and cities were considered akin to a holiday. Over time, the circus slowly became less relevant, with radio, television, and other forms of entertainment taking precedence.

By 2017, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, America’s largest circus, was forced to close up shop amid dwindling audience numbers and concerns about animal welfare.

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Glad to see the animals phased out.  Way overdue.

 

We have two small circuses that come through each year.  Haven't been to visit since the pandemic, but I've always admired and tried to support the amazing artists involved.  Incredible skills and dedication.  Not to mention the daring and risk.

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