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Junger Gott

"Circuses disappeared from America sometime around 1975, to be replaced by God knows what."

Wasn't that about the time professional wrestling became popular und televised?

Johannes

My impression is that there are considerably fewer travelling circuses than in my childhood in the '80s. Back then, if I remember correctly, we had a rather big one in the next town (80,0000 pop) once or twice a year - I am quite sure, I have seen one or two of the Althoffs and maybe also Zirkus Krone - and occasionally small ones even in a village of about 3000 people.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Althoff_%28Zirkus%29
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zirkus_Krone

Milan No

Thanks to the lobbying of animal rights groups, there are fewer and fewer wild animals in European circuses. There are almost no bears anymore, and only few big cats. The most common exotic animals are elephants and camels, and, as domesticated animals, at least the latter are far more suitable for circus life than wide animals. The Circus Europa apparently has no exotic animals whatsoever, because if they had some, they would in all likelihood feature prominently on their posters. The animals they mention in their slogan probably are Schecki, Cartier and a couple more horses.

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