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An aerialist smoking while rehearsing for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Sarasota, FL in 1949. (Photo By Nina Leen/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

In 1949, LIFE magazine sent famed photographer Nina Leen to document the daily life of a sassy troupe of young women who had run off and joined the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus in Sarasota, Fla. What developed was a portrait of a sisterhood formed over acrobatics that mixed high-flying wire acts with fashionable high-waisted shorts. Sarasota was once considered “the home of the American circus”. Here: an aerialist smoking while rehearsing for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Sarasota, FL in 1949. (Photo By Nina Leen/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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06 Sep 2015 14:22:00
Marek Jama performs during the gala of the 41 st Monte- Carlo International Circus Festival in Monaco on January 25, 2017. (Photo by Eric Gaillard/AFP Photo)

Marek Jama performs during the gala of the 41 st Monte- Carlo International Circus Festival in Monaco on January 25, 2017. (Photo by Eric Gaillard/AFP Photo)
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26 Jan 2017 13:02:00
An artist performs in water during a dress rehearsal for 'Amaluna', a show by Cirque du Soleil, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain January 15, 2016. (Photo by Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

An artist performs in water during a dress rehearsal for “Amaluna”, a show by Cirque du Soleil, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain January 15, 2016. (Photo by Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
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18 Jan 2016 08:01:00
Circus of Horrors

With a brilliant cast The Circus of Horrors features some of the greatest, most bizarre & beautiful Circus acts on earth.Where else can you see a dare devil sword swallower swallowing a lit neon tube! Where else can you see a beautiful creature hung upside-down while a dare devil trapeze artist performs a exquisite ariel act hung solely from her partners hair! Where else can you see a contortionist contort her body while firing a arrow from a long bow with her feet! All this and a whole lot more.
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12 Jul 2012 12:49:00
1948年3月,外滩,便衣警察棒打偷拿棉花的老太。 (In March 1948, the Bund, plainclothes police officers wreck stole cotton Granny)

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Photo: 1948年3月,外滩,便衣警察棒打偷拿棉花的老太。 (In March 1948, the Bund, plainclothes police officers wreck stole cotton Granny)
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12 Aug 2012 08:41:00


Garry Stretch, who holds the Guinness World Record for having the stretchiest skin performs before he judges the auditions for the Circus of Horrors at Fairfield Halls on October 7, 2005 in London, England. Hundreds of people applied for a job in the circus after advertisments were placed in many of London's job centres. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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05 Apr 2011 12:30:00
Asia Sawicka as Anastasia IV poses for a photograph prior to a rehearsal of the Circus of Horrors' latest show Voodoo, ahead of Halloween, at the Wookey Hole Caves Theatre near Wells on October 19, 2017 in Somerset, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Asia Sawicka as Anastasia IV poses for a photograph prior to a rehearsal of the Circus of Horrors' latest show Voodoo, ahead of Halloween, at the Wookey Hole Caves Theatre near Wells on October 19, 2017 in Somerset, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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23 Oct 2017 07:07:00
Aerial Emery trains on the cyr wheel at the Aloft Loft circus training and teaching school which was converted from a church, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., September 20, 2016. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

Aerial Emery trains on the cyr wheel at the Aloft Loft circus training and teaching school which was converted from a church, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., September 20, 2016. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)
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26 Sep 2016 06:33:00