53 episodes

A circus history podcast deep diving into topics like, "How and WHY do Clowns paint their faces", "Who was the first ever Human Cannonball act", "What are common Circus Superstitions" and so much more! Join your host and circus expert (sorta) Callie B, as she shares various stories from circus history with her pal / co-host Mark. Complete with decoded circus lingo, fun circus facts, and circus stories from Callie B's own family. Theme song by The Cooties.

Circus Stories: A Circus History Podcast Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin

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    • 4.3 • 42 Ratings

A circus history podcast deep diving into topics like, "How and WHY do Clowns paint their faces", "Who was the first ever Human Cannonball act", "What are common Circus Superstitions" and so much more! Join your host and circus expert (sorta) Callie B, as she shares various stories from circus history with her pal / co-host Mark. Complete with decoded circus lingo, fun circus facts, and circus stories from Callie B's own family. Theme song by The Cooties.

    Sideshow Secrets: Acts meant to Shock + Awe

    Sideshow Secrets: Acts meant to Shock + Awe

    We do a deep dive (all the way down the gullet) exploring and dissecting sideshow performances meant to SHOCK and AWE. We chat about acts like the Human Blockhead, Sword Swallowing and more; get a glimpse on how these acts work, affect the human body and the sincere dangers involved. DISCLAIMER: DO NOT TRY THESE AT HOME!Check our Instagram @circus.stories to view images we discuss during the episode.!*This podcast contains explicit language that may not be suitable for young childrenSupport t...

    • 2 hr 41 min
    Religion + Circus: The Traveling Circus Ministry

    Religion + Circus: The Traveling Circus Ministry

    What do you think of when I say Circus Church? Or Clown church service? Not many people associate religion with the circus folk - but you might be mistaken. How do religion and circus collide ? Enjoy our LENGTHY episode as we explore how religion infiltrated circus and the history and genesis behind it. This podcast contains explicit languange.Visit our IG for images.Support the Show.+Follow Us on IG @circus.stories+Email us: circusstoriespodcast@gmail.comRate, Review and Subscribe...

    • 2 hr 54 min
    Wheel of Death!

    Wheel of Death!

    The WHEEL of Death also known as the Space Wheel. We are barreling into the new year with a chonky episode that is equally as dangerous. Please enjoy the ins and outs of the daredevil performance - the Wheel of Death (seriously like how and why do people do this!) We discuss the early to current iterations, the mechanics, and the perils involved! We also speak to current circus artist and generational circus performer Jansen Grant, who shares his first hand knowledge with 23 years of the Whee...

    • 2 hr 41 min
    HAUNTED Circus Stories

    HAUNTED Circus Stories

    A very spooky episode where we explore a few ghost stories, sightings, and alleged hauntings that surround the circus and circus folk from the past. Are these strange occurences the real deal or simply legend? Listen and find out .. IF YOU DARE!Support the Show.+Follow Us on IG @circus.stories+Email us: circusstoriespodcast@gmail.comRate, Review and Subscribe where ever you Listen!Thanks for Listening + Check those Boilers !!

    • 2 hr 1 min
    Hagenbeck - Wallace Circus Trainwreck of 1918

    Hagenbeck - Wallace Circus Trainwreck of 1918

    We revisit the over 100 year old tragedy of the 1918 Hagenbeck Wallace circus trainwreck in Hammond Indiana. We uncover those presumably responsible for the incident, the subsequent causes, as well as the lore, conspiracies and ghost stories that still loom around the resting place of the deceasedThis podcast contains explicit languange.Visit our IG for images.Support the Show.+Follow Us on IG @circus.stories+Email us: circusstoriespodcast@gmail.comRate, Review and Subscribe where...

    • 2 hr 10 min
    1970's Circus Vargas with Mama B

    1970's Circus Vargas with Mama B

    Please join me on a journey back to the 1970's where things were ...well very 1970's. Mama B shares some radical travel stories from her time working concessions with Circus Vargas. HOT DOGS baby! Another rad Patreon episode unlocked!Support the Show.+Follow Us on IG @circus.stories+Email us: circusstoriespodcast@gmail.comRate, Review and Subscribe where ever you Listen!Thanks for Listening + Check those Boilers !!

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Erin Haben ,

A must for circus/history/oddity fans!

Callie is amazing, informative and interesting to listen to. Her personal family experiences with the OG circus of our time makes it even better. I think Mark fulfills a much needed comic relief during some of the more fascinating, but also, sometimes sad, old-timey stories. I enjoy the dynamic because of their friendship and his curiosity.

RhiannonBell ,

I really want to listen to every episode

But the rambling and constant interruptions make it impossible to enjoy. The uhs ums and ahs don’t help either. Content is incredible, there’s nothing else out here like it. But it’s as if I’m listening to a skipping CD.

ireallyhatethisapp1234 ,

POTTY MOUTH

Please put “we use foul language” in your podcast description or something. We thought this would be a fun thing to listen to as a family. Wrong.

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