Circus Skills


Circus Skills shows you how to get started on a wide range of performance projects. It is packed with ideas, techniques, and tips and includes advice, information, and clear step-by-step instructions.

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Circus Skills shows you how to get started on a wide range of performance projects. It is packed with ideas, techniques, and tips and includes advice, information, and clear step-by-step instructions.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
From spinning plates to falling on your face, this action-filled volume of the "Super Skills" series focuses on what it takes to be a circus performer. Starting with the basics (balancing and tumbling), big attractive pages use color close-ups to show costumed professionals performing, while clear, numbered drawings demonstrate techniques of juggling, plate-spinning, tumbling, and hula-hooping. Kids are advised to be patient, as these skills require practice, but warned that balancing skills like stilt-walking and unicycling need mats or special equipment with expert instruction. Since circuses are no longer the traveling shows that visited small towns in summer, circus goers are used to exciting theatrical spectacles like Cirque du Soleil. Numerous "Super Fact" pages let kids discover some circus history and famous performers such as nineteenth-century Josef Grimaldi (Clown Joey) and Charlie Chaplin, mime of early movie fame. And then come the clowns! Turnbull devotes three spreads to choosing bizarre costumes, painting on clown faces with makeup, and perfecting exaggerated antics, falls, and routines with giant props. Daredevil stunts are something else—done only by skilled professionals, knife-throwing, sword-swallowing, and zooming around cages on motorcycles are definitely not for amateurs—neither is being a human cannonball. Is there a future in today's special-effects circuses? Turnbull recommends taking circus classes or workshops, while putting on smaller shows to gain confidence, though parents must surely see that professional coaching in dance, gymnastics, or riding would be extremely expensive, as is studying to design sets or lighting. Teachers might find this book useful for projects involving athletic skills, problem solving, creative thinking, and teamwork (balancing acts and clowning often require a pair). A glossary and a list of websites for young circus aficionados may help aspiring performers on their way. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599207995
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Super Skills Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Want to Join the Circus? 4

Starting to Juggle 6

Mastering Juggling 8

Clever Juggling Tricks 10

Perfect Plate Spinning 12

Taking a Tumble 14

Hula Hooping 16

Balancing Skills 18

Becoming a Clown 20

Clowning Around 22

Clown Props 24

Daredevil Stunts 26

What next? 28

Glossary 30

Useful Websites 31

Index 32

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