LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS... welcome to the big top blog of Douglas McPherson, author of CIRCUS MANIA, the book described by Gerry Cottle as "A passionate and up-to-date look at the circus and its people."

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Raising a glass to 20 years of the Circus of Horrors

Gerry Cottle: "It's not a rock'n'roll show..."

It was good to catch up with Dr Haze, yesterday, for a forthcoming article on 20 years of the Circus of Horrors. I first spoke to Haze when I wrote a chapter on the Horrors in Circus Mania. The show's Hannibal Helmurto also provided a graphic step-by-step guide to swallowing swords.

Haze also came to the book launch of Circus Mania at Circus Space as it then was (now the National Centre for Circus Arts) and posed for the above photo with me (centre) and Horrors co-founder Gerry Cottle (left).

Also in Circus Mania are behind-the-scenes visits and interviews with the stars of the Great British Circus, Great Yarmouth Hippodrome, Circus Mondao, BBC sitcom Big Top, Zippos, the Chinese State Circus and other shows on Britain's diverse circus scene.

The Mail on Sunday called it "A brilliant account of a vanishing art form." Click here to read the 5-star customer reviews on Amazon.

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