Life in the Circus

“Life is but a rehearsal for the Great Performance to come. You’ll come to know that one day,” Arturo said.

“The public think that circus people are odd-balls, freaks who can’t or plain refuse to live a normal, everyday life: forever on the move, without roots, aloof, outsiders with their own language, strange traditions and of course the secrets of their trade.

But they, the public that is, know very little about the real life of a circus performer. They judge from their own narrow, particular point of view, and so can never be fully right. They only consider the surface. They can’t perceive the heart and soul; they can’t feel the loving kinship that binds us; they know next to nothing of the trials, the sweat and tears; and they do not even wish to understand our pursuit of the elusive perfect performance.” Continue reading