|The lights are on, the doors are closed and the show has begun...|
but what lies in wait inside the big top?
If you read my previous post about Circus Fantasia, you might be thinking: yeah, nice lorries, nice ticket wagon, but what's the show like?
But shouldn't a circus poster do more to tempt us? Like showing us a must-see act, for example?
It was very different in the days of Bertram Mills, when the show that put the "Oh!" in Olympia would plaster a town with a whole range of posters - often one dedicated to each act and others that listed every act on the bill.
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There's a lot in both books that today's circuses could learn from. Because it doesn't matter how good a show may be if nobody rolls up to see it.
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