I love the original version of the circus. The curious, hobbled together fantasy world brought to us by outcasts and misfits. I remember a small traveling circus just of this sort that came to our little town when my son was about 4 years old. He was mesmerized. He fell instantly in love with the girl on the ropes and, mouth agape, could not take his eyes off her. I could almost feel his little mind being blown open as I sat next to him.
There is something about the provocative mix of daring feats, voyeurism, and oddities on proud display that draws us in and feels both exotic and a little dangerous. Who are these people? And what is that life like - in that tightly bound eclectic community on the road?