You Know You’re a Circus Performer if …

A humorous view of circus life

We all know that performing in a circus and learning circus skills is very serious business and requires a lot of hard work, sore muscles and dedication.  But life is too short to be taken seriously all of the time.  Miss Maria Balogh from Circus Juventas has come up with a great suggestion that we include some  humorous and inspirational views of being a circus performer that I’m sure you can all relate to!

Circus4Youth invites young circus performers, both professional and from all youth circuses to send in their own suggestions for this list!  Click to email them to us.  Please include your name and the name of your circus or act. 

You Know You’re a Circus Performer if …

  • you usually smell of a mix between rosin, chalk and deodorant. Occasionally lotion, but only on days you don’t have a partner act
  • “HUP” has become a general call to action (ex: you count down to pictures ending with a HUP)
  • you know the difference between Swinging Trapeze, Double Trapeze, Triangle Trapeze and Flying Trapeze, and don’t know what to say when people ask you if you do “the trapeze”
  • you have ever seen anyone on a bicycle and thought “why the extra wheel?”
  • You hate it when they play “Wipeout” on the oldies radio station, as you have had too many embarrassing wipeouts yourself.
  • you can do more sit-ups and pull-ups than anyone else at school. ~Rachel S. Circus Juventas

You Know You’re a Circus Performer if …

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[img src=http://circus4youth.us/wp-content/flagallery/you-know-youre-a-circus-performer-if/thumbs/thumbs_25.jpg]Shad Morrison, Wenatchee Youth Circus. Photo by Alma Goehner
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Retired trapeze performer and now instructor Norma Fox checks out a newly formed callus on the hand of Khera, one of her students, while Sage looks on.
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