The Pickle Family Circus
by Terry Lorant and Jon Carroll
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ISBN Number: 0877013772
Format:
Paperback
Number of Pages:
152
Publication Date: 1986
Publisher:
Chronicle Books

This is a lavishly illustrated history and celebration of the Pickle Family Circus, a cooperative circus that has toured on the West Coast of the USA since 1976 and was founded by members of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. With detailed quotations from former and current circus people, the text provides an unusual behind-the-scenes look at life in a modern circus that has its roots in the counterculture of the '60s. A clown re his costume: "People expect big noses and white paint and stuff, you can't completely get away from that. But I try to show my eyes." One former juggler on his motivation: "You do get to live your ideals. . . . When I left the circus, after a while I realized that I was no longer surrounded by people living their ideals." An acrobat: "There's no way to cheat in ballet. That goes double for the trapeze. There's no way to cheat up in the air." One member on the rigors of circus travel: "After a few years with the Pickles, I felt like I could do a gig hanging from a tree in a hurricane." The many photographs of the circus people at work and at play are further evidence of their dedication and enjoyment.

Condition: The cover is creased in a number of places, but the book is generally sound internally. The bottom right hand corner of the blank page inside the front cover has been torn and there is some minor internal creasing on the bottom right hand corner. Click on the image above for a close-up.

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