Everyone loves a circus. Whether it's the Big Top or one of the earliest mud shows, the performances are as amusing as they are mysterious. This anthology allows the reader to peek behind the curtain at circuses from as long ago as the 1800s through modern times. This collection is filled with colorful personalities, from clowns to acrobats, tightrope walkers to lion tamers. The circus offers something spectacular for everyone. It is the world in miniature. Some people may visit the show to gawk and stare, while others are seduced by the drama and mystique of the carefully choreographed, yet death-defying performances. Whatever the reason for going to the circus, everyone leaves in awe. Stephen Vincent Brennan, with his unique firsthand viewpoint, carefully selected each story in this enthralling collection. Included are works from Dan Rice, the ringmaster of one of the first circuses ever formed; Philippe Petit, author of On the High Wire; Edward Hoagland from his book Catman; and many more. So whether your dream is to step right up or sit back and enjoy the show, you'll be mesmerized by this fascinating compilation.Brennan, Stephen Vincent is the author of 'Greatest Circus Stories Ever Told Amazing Stories Of Life Under The Big Top', published 2005 under ISBN 9781592287406 and ISBN 1592287409.