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Circus Arts

From sideshow secrets to incredible stunts, learn about the magic behind circus arts.


Dear Tony Robbins, THIS Is How You Walk on Hot Coals

The first rule of fire walking? Don't stop walking. Especially not to take a selfie. BrainStuff has a few more tips in this video, too. See more »

Ringling Bros. Retiring Elephants Early. PETA Still Not Smiling

All 11 of the circus's touring elephants are headed for a Florida retirement in May. Learn more about Ringling's elephants at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

10 Worst Circus Disasters

The circus can provide great fun and entertainment, but occasionally serious tragedies occur under the big top. Learn about the 10 worst circus disasters at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Facts About Circus Animals

Circus animals are beloved by all, but they've endured a lot through the centuries. Learn some amazing circus animal facts at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Circus Safety Strategies the Audience Doesn't See

Circus performers' safety is a top priority. Learn about 10 circus safety strategies the audience doesn't see at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Offbeat Circuses

The idea of a 'traditional' circus may seem weird, but we've seen great change within the industry. Learn about 10 offbeat circuses at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Circus Acts That Have Withstood the Test of Time

Some circus acts have disappeared, but many have stuck around. Learn about 10 circus acts that have withstood the test of time at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Famous Sideshow Entertainers

Many sideshow performers were successful, but some stole the spotlight. Learn about five famous sideshow entertainers at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Medical Conditions Once Found in Sideshows

Years ago, sideshows were spaces to parade people's disabilities. Learn about 10 medical conditions once found in sideshows at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Bizarre Circus Sideshows

We're a lot more respectful of disabilities and medical conditions nowadays, but once upon a time they were much more widely exploited for entertainment and profit. Check out these 10 bizarre circus sideshows! See more »