Circus Past, Present and Future

Greeting Smirkus Family,

Circus Past, Present and Future was the theme for the 2015 Worldwide Circus Summit, which I had the privilege of attending last weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was an incredible experience to be a part of Circus Smirkus, running our booth next to the Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus, and watching the showcase of talented circus acts from around the world! Our Smirkos Liam and Sawyer performed their jaw-dropping duo-diabolo act and Troy Wunderle and his daughters, Emily and Ariana, both Big Top Tour Troupers, showcased their wonderful clowning act.

Circus Smirkus has been offering circus opportunities to youth for over 25 years and we’re so happy to be a contributor to the growing world of circus arts. Circus has a rich past the world over, is growing in popularity today with talented and innovative performers, and we are confident in how circus will continue to evolve as an enriching part of many people’s lives in the future! Smirkus Camp is a part of that mission by bringing the opportunity to learn circus arts to kids of all skill levels and the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour provides professional level performance experience while spreading the magic of circus to all ages!

Home at Smirkus Camp

Home at Smirkus Camp

Check out this video from the Summit with highlights from Circus Smirkus performances!



I had to share this amazing praise we received from renowned clown and star of the Big Apple Circus, Barry Lubin. Many audiences know Barry as the lovable “Grandma.”

Barry AKA Grandma

Barry AKA Grandma


Grandma performing in the Big Apple Circus

We’ll take him any way we can get him, and we’re proud to know him as a friend. So, what does Barry Lubin think of Smirkus? With immense gratitude – we’ll let him speak for himself:

“This just in: GO SEE CIRCUS SMIRKUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The show is great, the acts are great, the costuming and original music is great, but the obvious love inside and outside the ring for the art of circus and clowning is unparalleled. This, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the finest circuses in the world. Just in case you missed it, GO SEE CIRCUS SMIRKUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Barry recognizes a spirit and a passion that is infused into every aspect of Circus Smirkus! A clown car full of thank yous to Barry for his wonderful words!

Check out the Big Top Tour coming to a city near you this summer! To read more about Big Top Tour adventures, check out the Tour blog.

Tonight at Smirkus Camp is the Camper Talent Show so be sure to check the Flickr page for photos of the performances!

All the best,


About Hula Hooping Hannah

Hannah Stanton-Gockel is a graduate of Ohio University, a fluent Spanish speaker, world traveler and a hula hoop circus performer who devotes her life to story-telling both onstage and off. With a focus in marketing and the guts to venture anywhere, Hannah currently works as the PR intern for Circus Smirkus in Vermont. You can follow her as she finds her purpose in this circus on Instagram @hulahoopinghannah.
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