Wheel of Death!
Circus Stories
by Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin
1M ago
The WHEEL of Death also known as the Space Wheel. We are barreling into the new year with a chonky episode that is equally as dangerous. Please enjoy the ins and outs of the daredevil performance - the Wheel of Death (seriously like how and why do people do this!) We discuss the early to current iterations, the mechanics, and the perils involved! We also speak to current circus artist and generational circus performer Jansen Grant, who shares his first hand knowledge with 23 years of the Wheel under his belt.  Below are some videos we watch during the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watc ..read more
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HAUNTED Circus Stories
Circus Stories
by Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin
4M ago
A very spooky episode where we explore a few ghost stories, sightings, and alleged hauntings that surround the circus and circus folk from the past.  Are these strange occurences the real deal or simply legend? Listen and find out .. IF YOU DARE! Support the show +Follow Us on IG @circus.stories +Email us: circusstoriespodcast@gmail.com Rate, Review and Subscribe where ever you Listen! Thanks for Listening + Check those Boilers ..read more
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Hagenbeck - Wallace Circus Trainwreck of 1918
Circus Stories
by Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin
5M ago
 We revisit the over 100 year old tragedy of the 1918 Hagenbeck Wallace circus trainwreck in Hammond Indiana. We uncover those presumably responsible for the incident,  the subsequent causes, as well as the LORE, conspiracies and possible ghost stories that still loom around the deceased resting place. This podcast contains explicit languange. Visit our IG for images. Support the show +Follow Us on IG @circus.stories +Email us: circusstoriespodcast@gmail.com Rate, Review and Subscribe where ever you Listen! Thanks for Listening + Check those Boilers ..read more
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1970's Circus Vargas with Mama B
Circus Stories
by Callie Biggerstaff & Candy B
7M ago
Please join me on a journey back to the 1970's where things were ...well very 1970's. Mama B shares some radical travel stories from her time working concessions with Circus Vargas. HOT DOGS baby!  Another rad Patreon episode unlocked! All Things Outrageously Dark Scary Beautiful and Totally True A podcast dedicated to all the curiosities and wonders in life that are dark, scary,... Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Support the show +Follow Us on IG @circus.stories +Email us: circusstoriespodcast@gmail.com Rate, Review and Subscribe where ever you Listen! Thanks for Listening ..read more
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Clown Talk with MEATBALL the Clown
Circus Stories
by Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin
8M ago
ANOTHER CLOWN EPISODE! Today's episode we deep dive into the experience of former Cole Bros Circus clown, Meatball. Join Callie B as she picks Meatball's clown brain for all the juicy details of how he got into clowning, how he got his first circus gig, how he pieced his clown persona together, what is was like to travel with one of the longest running tent circuses in the U.S. at the time, and so much more!  "How to Be a Clown": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbSn5mKFWps Support the show +Follow Us on IG @circus.stories +Email us: circusstoriespodcast@gmail.com Rate, Review and Subscr ..read more
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Jules Leotard; Father of the Flying Trapeze...and the Leotard
Circus Stories
by Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin
1y ago
Would you believe one man is responsible for the innovation of both the Flying Trapeze AND the well known garment, the Leotard! Well its true! Listen to hear how this very well built dude dared to soar through the air before anyone else, creating the aerial art form we know as the Trapeze, and the famous outfit he dawned to do it,  that really SHOWED it all, if you catch my drift!  "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" (1867) - George Leybourne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDhG_4N_r6w Support the show ..read more
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The 5 Brothers of Ringling; an Origin Story
Circus Stories
by Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin
1y ago
Join us on a wild journey as we track the very early beginnings of the 5 Ringling Brothers and their incredible rags to riches success story.   An origin story that truly has   everything.  All the tenacity of the Little Rascals and the business sense of Barnum, without the humbug.  Support the show ..read more
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Lillian Leitzel: The Queen of the Air
Circus Stories
by Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin
1y ago
A truly high flying episode all about incredible aerialist and circus hall of famer, Lillian Leitzel. A star from the jump, standing a mere 4'9", less than 100 lbs in weight, yet performing  aerial feats of Herculean proportion. Leitzel WAS an international superstar, complete with a juicy love life, lavish traveling demands and a bit of a diva streak.  Support the show ..read more
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Circus World Theme Park
Circus Stories
by Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin
1y ago
 FINALLY am I right! We embark on a very thrilling episode as we dive head first  (maybe on fire) into the past and uncover the history behind fallen amusement park CIRCUS WORLD, with plans that included a 19 story Elephant shaped hotel,  just 10 miles down the road from Disney World.  And the mouse perhaps was not into it. Support the show ..read more
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Emmett Kelly: The World's Favorite Sad Clown
Circus Stories
by Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin
2y ago
Today's episode we explore all the origins and history behind the genius of famous "hobo clown" Emmett Kelly who created the world famous and beloved character clown Weary Willie. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/circusstories ..read more
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