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Sunday, April 17, 2011

World Circus Day: Making the ordinary magical

Performers with Circus Oz (left and right) and the Chinese Hebei Circus balance on chairs. (AFP/Getty Images)

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In her capacity as Honorary President of the Federation Mondiale du Cirque, which sponsored World Circus Day on Saturday, Princess Stephanie of Monaco wrote: Circus inspires and amazes. It builds cooperation, trust and confidence. Circus makes the impossible possible, the ordinary magical. Circus is the best of art, music, drama, comedy and athletics in one extraordinary experience. … Circus has the power to make our world a better place.

Gymnasts from the Rambo International Circus perform following a press conference in Hyderabad on April 16. The celebration of World Circus Day is meant to mark the circus as a shared cultural heritage, according to the Federation Mondiale du Cirque. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

Children in Afgahistan enjoy a visit to the circus.


Krone Circus trained elephants perform during a show in Rome in 1954. (Walter Attenni/Associated Press)

Posters for the Downie Bros. Circus cover a building in Lynchburg, South Carolina in 1936. (Walker Evans/Farm Security Administration)

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