Saturday, December 29, 2007

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU CIRQUE DE MONTE-CARLO: Larible, Popov, Princess Stephanie and Fumagalli

David Larible, Oleg Popov, Princess Stephanie of Monoco and Fumagalli at the 30th Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo.

The 32nd annual festival runs January 17th - 27th, 2008 and will feature recent Lou Jacobs Lifetime Achievment Award Winner, Barry "Grandma" Lubin.

WASHER WOMEN: Jay Stewart and Mike Smith

Video courtesy of Captain Mike Heidtman (actually it comes to us courtesy of Lara Heidtman-Smith, but we'll just say it was Captain Mike so that he can feel like he's a part of things)

My favorite contemporary version of the classic Washer Women Gag, as performed by Jay Stewart and Mike Smith at the recent Happy Tiandu AEMI World Clown Festival.

The background music is Jackie Wilson's "Baby Workout" and "Am I the Man".

Friday, December 28, 2007


Baby photo and Christmas card courtesy of Larry Clark. Tiandu photos courtesy of Ray Grins, Erin Schmalls, The Mondays and Kevin Kraft.

From newborn baby to working alongside Mom in Tiandu, Ladies and Gentlemen let's all wish a very Happy Birthday to Ms. Amelia Jo Parish!


One of the best things about 2007 (a year in which a lot of "best things" happened) was attending Minifest and meeting Arsene Dupin.

He a wonderful guy, a funny clown and a very inspiring instructor.

Learn more about him by clicking on the title of this post.

Monday, December 24, 2007


Last year's holiday video showcased the Ringling Alleys of the 40s and 50s so this year we feature members of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown Alleys of the 1960s.

With Peace on Earth,
Goodwill to All Men, Women and Children Everywhere

Seasons Greetings and Joyous Wishes for a very happy and safe holiday and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to you and yours from "The Alley" and the Cashin Family.

Sunday, December 23, 2007


Christmastime just isn't complete without listening to the kids singing about Frosty...

Frosty the Boss Clown
was a jolly, happy soul
with a neat whiteface and some stripey shoes
and a tooth made out of gold.

There must have been some magic
in that small red hat he found
for when he placed it on his head
he bossed everyone around!

Frosty the Boss Clown
had to hurry to the train
but he waved goodbye,
saying "Don't you cry!" and
"May All Your Days Be Circus Days!"

Frosty and Pat, have a Hotarini Christmas!

CIRCUS CIRCUS: Sophia Heidtman

Photos courtesy of Joel Heidtman

In the interest of full disclosure let me just say that I now have met, and am friends with, ALL of the performing Heidtman Family siblings (there is one non-performing brother, Zeppo Heidtman, that I have never met) and was very happy to receive these pictures and find that the proud Heidtman Family performing legacy looks to continue...

From Joel...


Sofia and I went to visit our friends at Circus Circus today, and she was invited up on the main stage with Huel Speight!

For those of you that haven't seen her recently, Sofia is the smallest of the three kids up there, wearing a red sweatshirt. (Sofia will be 5 next month).

Huel spun a ball on the first two kids fingers, starting with the biggest kid and then the middle one. Both kids kept the ball there for a few moments, then the ball fell to the ground and rolled away.

The crowd was really rooting for Sofia when it was her turn since she was the smallest, and not only did she manage to keep her hand steady enough for the ball to spin there for quite some time - she actually sensed when it was going to fall... AND SHE CAUGHT IT!!!

The crowd went NUTS!

So did I!

Unfortunately, my camera could not keep up with all the pictures I was trying to take, so I did not actually get a picture of her with the ball on her finger - but you can get the idea. In the last picture the crowd was cheering for her... and she loved it!

Thanks for letting me share.

Joel Heidtman

A very Merry Christmas to all the Heidtmans, the Smiths and the Heidtman-Smiths!

CLOWN ALLEY: Cole Bros. Circus, 1937

Photos courtesy of Bill Strong

For those out there who still have a problem telling them apart.

This program page may be the last time Otto's name was spelled correctly but Emmett's wasn't.

Thanks go out, as always, to Bill Strong. Please click the title of this post to be taken to Bill's circus history blog YESTERDAY'S TOWNS.