38 episodes

A circus history podcast exploring 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 with pal, comedian and co-host Mark, various stories from circus history. Complete with decoded circus lingo, fun circus facts and a sprinkling of fiction. Theme song by The Cooties.

Circus Stories Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin

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    • 4.5 • 32 Ratings

A circus history podcast exploring 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 with pal, comedian and co-host Mark, various stories from circus history. Complete with decoded circus lingo, fun circus facts and a sprinkling of fiction. Theme song by The Cooties.

    Lillian Leitzel: The Queen of the Air

    Lillian Leitzel: The Queen of the Air

    A truly high flying episode all about incredible aerialist and circus hall of famer, Lillian Leitzel. A star from the jump, standing a mere 4'9", less than 100 lbs in weight, yet performing  aerial feats of Herculean proportion. Leitzel WAS an international superstar, complete with a juicy love life, lavish traveling demands and a bit of a diva streak. 
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    • 2 hr 11 min
    Circus World Theme Park

    Circus World Theme Park

     FINALLY am I right! We embark on a very thrilling episode as we dive head first  (maybe on fire) into the past and uncover the history behind fallen amusement park CIRCUS WORLD, with plans that included a 19 story Elephant shaped hotel,  just 10 miles down the road from Disney World. 
    And the mouse perhaps was not into it.
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Emmett Kelly: The World's Favorite Sad Clown

    Emmett Kelly: The World's Favorite Sad Clown

    Today's episode we explore all the origins and history behind the genius of famous "hobo clown" Emmett Kelly who created the world famous and beloved character clown Weary Willie.


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    • 1 hr 53 min
    The Globe of Death

    The Globe of Death

    We speed into this episode and explore all that surrounds the Globe of Death; over a century old dare devil act known world wise. Join us as we discuss its history, inner workings, the wild affects this act has on its riders ( G- force!) and the physics that make it a reality. 
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Illegal Pies

    Illegal Pies

     Throwing pies as a form of political protest? What are the repercussions for pie crimes? We deep dive into pie politics and activist groups of past and present that utilize pies for public protest as well as the ramifications linked with these non consensual pie throwing. This is serious!!??

    Rupert Murdoch pie : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY-dyz_iW1s

    FAST COMPANY 2017, Baking Brigade : https://www.fastcompany.com/40467645/how-pie-became-a-powerful-punchline-in-political-provocation

    Bill Gates gets a pie:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niZJMOKsiCI

    Pie Any Means Necessary:  https://www.amazon.com/Pie-Any-Means-Necessary-Brigade/dp/190259388X


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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Jumbo The Elephant

    Jumbo The Elephant

    Measuring a staggering 3.2 meters high at the shoulder, and weighing  6000 kgs; we explore this massively influential and incredible elephant Jumbo, the sordid history behind his life and what  animal experts and researchers can learn from revisiting his remains. 
    We dive deep into Jumbo's  affect on advertising, creating a new word for "BIG" and  the alleged conspiracy and mystery that swirls around his untimely death in 1885.
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    • 2 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 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.

Fancy_King ,

Force of Nature

Mark and Callie rock! Listen now! What are you waiting for?!?

Scarah1 ,

I want to like this

After 5 minutes of this guy interrupting and being loud annoying and adding nothing I can’t listen which is a shame as it cld be a focus version of “you must remember this” pls remake this and get rid of the guy

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