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  • 15.11.2017

    A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Big Apple Circus

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      After filing for bankruptcy, the Big Apple Circus returns under new ownership to Lincoln Center, with Nik Wallenda and Grandma the Clown as headliners.


      Grandma the Clown and I stopped talking mid-conversation—and I held my breath—as we gazed at the high wire in the Big Apple Circus tent. Nik Wallenda and his troupe were practicing the Wallenda Seven Person Pyramid during the last week of rehearsals before the circus officially opened, and I had a front-row seat. Other than the hum of the fans running to inflate the safety air mattress in the ring, all you could hear was the mid-walk check-in from the high-wire walkers—and it’s no different in performances. When I saw the full show during opening weekend, even the babies and toddlers in the audience seemed to realize that something dangerous and awesome was going on 40 feet in the air and didn’t make a sound.

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