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Tightrope walkers. Sad clowns. Strongwomen with bulging biceps. Acrobats. And yes, even a diving horse. These may be black and white photographs, but there’s no denying that circuses in the early 20th century were a colorful affair.

Early 20th century photographs of circus performers

vintage everyday: Circus Lives during the Early Century-Flying Fishers 1907

The Hair-raising High-wire Walk:  Encourage partygoers to imagine they're far up in the air as they navigate this narrow beam. An umbrella adds an authentic aerialist touch and may help with balance (just be sure to keep others at a safe distance to prevent umbrella- spoke pokes). For extra fun, place a dime on the far end, which the high-wire walker may keep if she retrieves it and returns to the starting point without tumbling off.

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An umbrella adds an authentic aerialist touch to the high-wire challenge. For extra fun, place a dime on the far end, which the high-wire walker may keep if she retrieves it and returns to the starting point without tumbling off.

circus tightrope walker vintage

And in that CORSET ! - Wire walker 'Mademoiselle Omega', or Gertrude Dewar, Brockton Fair, Massachusetts, 1908 She drew a crowd of about people that season.

Mirette on the High Wire--Great Blondin - Google image

Top 10 Daredevils

Clifford Calverly crossing a cable over the rapids, Niagara Falls Wheelbarrows were a popular accessory for tightrope walkers!

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