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The Ordinary Acrobat

What images first come to mind when you hear the word “circus.” According to author Duncan Wall, the ring master in a red jacket and riding boots is becoming a thing of the past. This hour on Focus, we talk with Wall about his new book “The Ordinary Acrobat” and learn about the movement to empower circus as an art form.

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(Duration: 53:40)


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Duncan Wall fell in love with circus at the age of 23 when he was studying abroad in France, and he’s never looked back. This hour on Focus, guest host Lindsey Moon talks with Wall about what he calls “new circus” and what makes it so magical. He tells us about his first time flying trapeze – and how those teaching him forgot to strap him into the safety harness, what he learned in circus school and about the movement to empower the circus arts in the US. We also talk with him about circus history and why the image of a lion tamer and a ring leader with a red jacket have been so hard to shed - an image he says is challenging as he tries to advance the contemporary circus movement.

Read an excerpt from Duncan's book.

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