Circus in Africa

The Boswells: The Story of a South African Circus

"What follows is the story of a circus family – one whose origins go back to the time of Astley and the early days of the Circus in England. The Boswells, as will be seen, have evolved from the great English circus families. Fate decreed that they transport their talents – sailing in 1911 with six ponies, a donkey and dogs - to a new continent and country. First performing in Johannesburg, a booming gold rush town, they survived war times, epidemics, and the availability of new forms of mass entertainment. The history of the Boswell family affords a fascinating glimpse of the adaptive nature of Circus and the development of South Africa.”

-- Charles Ricketts, 2003

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Circus: The Australian StoryMelbourne Books
2011Africa
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Description: A definitive historical accounting of the illustrative history of the circus in Australia.
Publication Topics: Animals in the Circus / Training / Exhibition / Protests     Circus as Art / Photography / Graphics     Circus as Spectacle     Circus Artists / Performers / Bodies     Circus Clowns / Clowning     Circus Music / Musicians / Composers     Circus Advertising / Marketing / Publicity     Circus History – North American     Circus and Education     Circus and Gender / Race / Ethnicity / Multiculturalism     Circus and Labor Relations     Circus and Religion / Spirituality / Mysticism     Circus as Performance Art     Circus in Poetry / Literature / Fiction     Circus in Fine Arts / Painting     Circus Archives / Collections / Artifacts / Ephemera     Circus Biographies / Memoirs / Genealogy     Circus Fans / Enthusiasts / Audience     Circus History – Asian / Pacific Rim     Circus History – Australian     Circus History – European     Circus Logistics / Routing / Tours / Transportation     Circus Management / Staff / Crew     Circus Ownership / Business / Finance / Contracts     Circus Schools / Training     Circus Technology / Mechanization / Innovation     Circus Space / Tents / Building
The Juggler's Manual of Manipulative Miscellanea: The Classic Skills with Top Hat, Cane, Plates, Nesting Cups, and Assorted ObjectsVariety Arts Press
1984Africa
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Description: The Juggler's Manual of Manipulative Miscellanea by R.W. Bacon (a.k.a. "Mr. Slim") is the only book of its kind detailing the author's arcane acrobatic juggling and manipulative specialties. A popular reference consulted by jugglers around the world, it has become a "best seller" among juggling books since its publication in 1984. The book explains and diagrams the classic theatrical vaudeville performance skills with top hats, canes, plates, nesting cups, and assorted objects. Authored by a noted touring professional, the book includes history & background, the applied physics of juggling & manipulation, the wide variety of mixed-object & combination stunts, and valuable presentation tips. "A good lesson in entertainment." --- Juggler's World Magazine.
Publication Topics: Circus as Performance Art     Circus Schools / Training
The Juggler's Manual of Cigar Box Manipulation & BalanceVariety Arts Press
1983Africa
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Description: Since its initial publication in 1983, when it helped open the floodgates of juggling instructional material, The Juggler's Manual of Cigar Box Manipulation & Balance by R.W. Bacon (a.k.a. "Mr. Slim") has become sought after by professional and amateur jugglers throughout the world. Though modest in size, the book explains and diagrams over 200 challenging and crowd-pleasing moves, stunts, balances, and gags with cigar boxes --- leading to hundreds of further combinations. Authored by a noted touring professional, the book includes the history and background of the venerable props, plus valuable insight on comedy, showmanship, and presentation. "All you need to know to learn and perform with cigar boxes." --- Juggler's World Magazine.
Publication Topics: Circus as Performance Art     Circus Schools / Training
"Hors de France", "L'influence Anglo-Saxone", "Chronologie"Clowns & FarceursBordas, Paris
1982Africa
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Description: A History of clowning
Publication Topics: Circus Clowns / Clowning