This old fellow from India had to be taught to dance, but he learned for himself the art of begging tidbits with his trunk.
Most circus girls appear in numerous different costumes at each performance. This group, from several countries, includes acrobats, Wild-West and bareback riders, and aerialists.
Unlike the Polynesians, who developed to a high degree this form of indelible decoration, the circus tattooed lady has left her face, neck, and hand unmarked.
Clowns must tell their jokes by pantomime, for their voices cannot be heard throughout the huge tent. At the center are the originators of burlesque boxing.
This caballero, heralded as the only person in the world who can do a forward somersault from feet to feet on the tight wire, comes from a famous Spanish family of circus performers.
Stilts, once used by armies in the Low Countries for marching across flooded areas, have become an important adjunct for modern clowning. The taller of these lanky fun makers must stoop when he passes
The bandmaster watches the animals go through a series of intricate steps taught to them by trainers; then chooses a composition to match the rhythm.
The star of the show! Football player with an Army team, Roughrider in the Spanish-American War, motion picture idol—the famous Western actor [Tom Mix] has returned to his first love, the big top.
Like the human members of the circus family, the dogs love the petite trainer. She and her husband, who directs equestrian acts, are among the brightest personalities under the “big top.”