Circus Life

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Circus Terminology

Here we give a medley of eastern and western terms used in the respective regions for our visitors’ knowledge as well as entertainment.

Fold or Folded

This refers to closing of a show before the end of its regular season.

Iron jaw

An aerial act in which the performers work suspended by a mouth piece clinched behind their teeth.

Territory

In the past, each big show has territory it considered its own. They fought to protect that territory from any encroachment from another shows.

Under the Stars

To show outside without a tent. Seats and properties set up without a tent over them.

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Circus Terminology

Here we give a medley of eastern and western terms used in the respective regions for our visitors’ knowledge as well as entertainment.

  1. 1
    Ukhara

    It means the day when the show is not scheduled.

  2. 2
    Announcer

    Generally this is a person who introduces the acts, events and performers to the audience during the circus performance

  3. 3
    Backyard

    As evident this refers to the place at the backyard of the circuses where dressing rooms, rings stock tents, wardrobe and costume departments.

  4. 4
    Wild Cat

    This term is used when the circus has to move in to new territory on very short notice due to problems on the old route. Droughts, Strikes, layoffs, epidemics, etc, etc.

  5. 5
    Mechanic

    A belt or safety device worn by a performer as he does a ‘trick’. One or more safety (lunge) ropes are attached to the belt. During the act, the person holding the lung ropes regulate the slack in them so that the performer has freedom of movement but cannot fall to the ground or floor on a ‘missed trick’. most all performers, both aerial and ground, are trained by aid of mechanics.