Friends of the Federation

Circus Fans Association of America

The Circus Fans Association of America (CFA) is the leading circus-enthusiast organization in the United States. Its goal is to support the circus, considered one of America's greatest cultural institutions, wherever "children of all ages" gather. The CFA is organized into “tents” across the United States, which are named after famous personalities from the circus world, and which have their own programs and activities. The tents take turns hosting the annual CFA Convention, which brings together all CFA members to celebrate, study and enjoy circus.

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CFA: Adam Forepaugh – Barry “Grandma” Lubin Tent #2

Members of the Forepaugh-Lubin Tent live in and around Altoona, Pennsylvania. The name of the tent blends the historical with the contemporary by honoring Adam Forepaugh (1831-1890) who owned and operated a circus from 1865 through 1890, and Barry Lubin who, beginning in 1982, starred in the Big Apple Circus as circus clown “Grandma”. The Forepaugh-Lubin tent was established in 1930 and today is the CFA’s oldest active tent.

CFA: Clifford Vargas Tent #147

This Circus Fans Association Tent is based in Los Angeles and includes members from California, Arizona and Nevada. It was organized in 1985 and named for legendary circus owner and producer Clifford Vargas. The Tent membership includes many people in the television and movie industry as well as film students from local universities. Meetings often coincide with the filming of circus related subjects by local studios and independent producers.

CFA: Jan and Bill Biggerstaff Tent #176

One of the Circus Fans Association of America's newest Tents, inaugurated in 2006 and based in the entertainment capital of Las Vegas, Nevada. Named for retired circus performers Jan and Bill Biggerstaff who now publish the trade journal Circus Report. Retired and active circus performers have flocked to the greater Las Vegas area in recent years due to the large concentration of casino based shows utilizing circus talent. Meetings coincide with industry trade shows, casino show openings and special events featuring circus talent.

CFA: Rose Gold Tent #92

Organized in 1959, the Rose Gold Tent of Circus Fans Association of America honors Austrian born aerialist Rose Gold Pahin who achieved fame as part of an aerial cradle sensation, "the Rose Gold Trio". Ms Gold suffered severe injuries following a fall in San Francisco in 1956, but returned to the air a year later and famously continued performing after that time. The CFA Tent is based in San Diego and includes members from throughout Southern California and Nevada.

CFA: Wayne McCary Tent #172

The Wayne McCary Tent #172 was established in 1998 to honor circus producer and Eastern Sates Exposition (“the Big E”) CEO Wayne McCary. Its 60 plus members are from all of the New England States, New York and the Eastern seaboard. The McCary Tent meets three times per year: at the Melha Shrine Circus at the Big E in April, in June or July at the Dalton Lions Club Circus in Dalton, Massachusetts, and the second Tuesday of the Big E. Members look forward to these events to meet friends and artists and to support the wonderful tradition of the circus.

Circus Fans of Australasia Inc

Circus Fans of Australasia Inc was founded in 1972 to bring together Australian and New Zealanders who are interested in Circus and in promoting Circus culture. These interests may include Circus transport, history, memorabilia, literature, art or modelling. Membership is currently about 160 and a convention is held every two years. The CFA aims to help any Circus when it comes to town, and to ensure fair understanding of this family entertainment which has flourished in Australia since 1847. The CFA also looks forward to developing links with other Friends of the Association around the world.

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Club Amici del Circo

The Club Amici del Circo was founded in 1969 on the initiative of Egidio Palmiri, long-standing president of Ente Nazionale Circhi, the organisation that brings together the Italian circus directors. Since its founding, the Club has been very close to circus professionals in Italy. The Club is the only official open association in Italy that brings together circus lovers with the main goals of promoting the circus culture and supporting the daily work of the enterprises in the sector. Through the constant collaboration and dedication of circus friends, the Club publishes the magazine “CIRCO” eleven times per year.

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Club du Cirque Français

Founded in 1949, the Club du Cirque Français brings together amateurs of the most diverse tastes and coming from the most different socio-professional and geographic backgrounds, circus professionals, circus schools and their students. Its vocation is to defend the circus in all its appearances, in particular the traditional circus, but without refusing its new forms. The Club’s task is to serve and promote the circus on every occasion, to maintain and enlarge its impact, to create friendship among circus fans and to foster the relations between circus fans and professionals. The Club du Cirque publishes the magazine « Le Cirque dans l’Univers », a reference magazine in French about circus arts.

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Club van Circusvrienden Nederland

The Club van Circusvrienden Nederland (Dutch Circus Friends Association) was founded in 1949. Its aim is to unite circus friends and to promote circus as an item of culture. In the magazine “de Piste”, published 11 times per year, circus friends from the Netherlands and Belgium can read about circus performance and life in our countries and other countries in Europe and enjoy splendid photos of this beautiful artform. The organisation frequently organizes trips to visit circuses in the Netherlands as well as abroad which attract great interest.

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Gesellschaft der Circusfreunde e.V.

The Gesellschaft der Circusfreunde e.V. (Circusfans Association) was founded in 1955 in Berlin, Germany, in order to unite people that love the circus, keep them informed about the circus and provide support for the circus. With almost 2.000 members in Germany and neighboring countries Gesellschaft der Circusfreunde e.V. is Europe’s biggest organization of this kind. Its monthly magazine “CircusZeitung” reports in full color about circus programs and looks behind the scenes. Regular meetings bring together circusfans in 20 regional clubs in Germany and Austria.

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Holland Circus Publishers

Holland Circus Publishers is a specialized publishing company that arose from a circus hobby. So far, four books about circus transport have been published, as well as two DVDs about the organization of the circus companies Circus Belly Wien and the National Dutch Circus Herman Renz. A book about Geschwister Althoff has also been published. The aim of Holland Circus is to promote the circus in all its aspects.

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San Diego Circus Luncheon Club

Created in 1999 by Southern California showman Col Bill Burger, the San Diego Circus Luncheon Club meets monthly at a San Diego, California restaurant to provide an occasion for Southern California show people, Circus Fans and area youth circus participants to gather and discuss current developments in the world of circus. Traveling artists are always welcome and provide perspective on national and international circus events.

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VNCO, the Dutch Circus Proprietors Association, represents Dutch circuses to national and local authorities and politicians on subjects regarding the circus industry such as the quality of circus grounds, means of publicity and advertisement at the local level, and harmonisation and facilitation of visa and working permits. In 2007, VNCO published regulations for the keeping and performing of animals in the circus entitled “Welfare of Circus Animals.” On an annual basis, VNCO awards a special prize, known as the “Gouden Chapiteau sleutel,” to a person or organisation for outstanding contributions to the circus industry in the Netherlands. VNCO has 13 members.

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