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50 Circus, Clown + Carnival Revivals

From Clown Couture to Britney Spears' Album

— November 17, 2008 — Lifestyle
Well before Britney Spears announced that her upcoming album would be entitled ‘Circus,’ the art of zany grand-scale performances were already in the midst of a massive revival.

At a time when modern family entertainment includes standing in lengthy theme park lines for two-minute adrenaline rushes, the circus and carnival scenes portrayed in Britney Spears’ album art seem so outdated. But with the worldwide popularity of elegant circus shows like Cirque du Soleil, grown-ups and kids alike are returning to the big top for their share of thrills.

Traditional associations with carnivals and circuses have also received their modern makeovers. Fairground mainstays like popcorn, hot dogs, Ferris wheels, cotton candy, and even fireworks have since been upgraded for modern tastes. Traditional clown makeup is here to stay, however, as Britney Spears’ album artwork proves.

Whether your circus fascination is all-consuming or just limited to Britney Spears’ new album, you’re sure to find all the carnival-related articles fit to print in this cluster.
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Activity
Freshness
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Magic Meets Acrobatics
Magic Meets Acrobatics
Cirque du Soleil 'Believe' to Star 'Criss Angel'
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48
Extreme Acrobatics
Extreme Acrobatics
High-Flying Fun on a Teeter Totter
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47
The Circus of Disembowled Plush Toys
The Circus of Disembowled Plush Toys
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46
The Beatles, LOVE by Cirque du Soleil
The Beatles, LOVE by Cirque du Soleil
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45
Eating Contests Get Big
Eating Contests Get Big
American Pride Restored After Dude Eats 66 Hot Dogs
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44
Microwaveable Cobs
Microwaveable Cobs
Farmer's Popcorn
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43
Deadly Food Shockers
Deadly Food Shockers
Popcorn that Kills
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42
Recycled Popcorn Bags
Recycled Popcorn Bags
Eco-Chic Waste
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41
Demolition by Fireworks
Demolition by Fireworks
Hotel Destruction as Entertainment?
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40
Beijing Olympic Closing Ceremony
Beijing Olympic Closing Ceremony
"The Grandest Carnival of Mankind"
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39
Drag Queens and Masked Dogs
Drag Queens and Masked Dogs
Venice Carnival
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38
Geek Popcorn
Geek Popcorn
Explosive Method of Salting Popcorn
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37
DIY July 4 Fireworks
DIY July 4 Fireworks
Interactive Fireworks
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36
Mesmerizing Performance-Based Hobbies
Mesmerizing Performance-Based Hobbies
Contact Juggling
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35
Global Theme Park Competitions
Global Theme Park Competitions
7 Cities With Giant Ferris Wheels
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34
Trapeze Chandeliers
Trapeze Chandeliers
Do Swing Light
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33
Eco Chic Organic Snack Food
Eco Chic Organic Snack Food
479° Popcorn
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32
Pink Sugar After Dinner
Pink Sugar After Dinner
DIY Cotton Candy at Kenka, NYC
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31
Amazing July 4 Fireworks
Amazing July 4 Fireworks
Independence Day on Flickr
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30
Compact Super Rides
Compact Super Rides
The Proxima
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29
Car Commercial With No Cars
Car Commercial With No Cars
Ford Uses Acrobats To Pose As Fusion & Edge
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28
Faking Olympic Fireworks
Faking Olympic Fireworks
Beijing Olympic Footprints were CG Fakes
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27
Giant Clown Conventions
Giant Clown Conventions
Red Noses Gather in Mexico City
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26
Cowboy Clown Couture
Cowboy Clown Couture
Jean Paul Lespagnard Fashion
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25
Shopping Cart Bicycles
Shopping Cart Bicycles
The Cartrider
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24
70s Hair Revivals
70s Hair Revivals
Britney Spears Channels Farrah Fawcett for 'Circus'
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23
Carnival Cabinets
Carnival Cabinets
Lucas Rise
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22
Tennis Clown Fashion
Tennis Clown Fashion
Thom Browne's Silly S/S 2009 Collection
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21
Frikandel
Frikandel
The Horse Meat Hot Dog
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20
Parking Lot Car Locators
Parking Lot Car Locators
Holographic Fireworks to Find Your Ride
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19
Political Pride Protests
Political Pride Protests
Sarah Palin Drag Queens Banned at Gay Carnival
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18
Treehouses on Log Stilts
Treehouses on Log Stilts
Zigloo Architecture
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17
Cotton Candy Bubble Skirts
Cotton Candy Bubble Skirts
Heatherette
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16
Socially Conscious Clowns
Socially Conscious Clowns
2009 Calendar Funds MS
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15
Fan-Picked Album Covers
Fan-Picked Album Covers
Britney Spears Offers Different Versions of 'Circus'
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14
Circus Clown Accessories
Circus Clown Accessories
The Nose Necklace
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13
Powerisers
Powerisers
Jumping Stilts
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12
Death By Cotton Candy And Other Food Obsessions By Visual Artist Daniela Edburg
Death By Cotton Candy And Other Food Obsessions By Visual Artist Daniela Edburg
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11
Paying to Volunteer
Paying to Volunteer
Samba Party at Rio Carnival
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10
Luxury Hot Dogs
Luxury Hot Dogs
Miami's Franktitude Restaurant
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9
Eccentric Clown Gowns
Eccentric Clown Gowns
Basso & Brooke At Berlin Fashion Week
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8
Clown-Inspired Fashion
Clown-Inspired Fashion
Britney's ‘Circus' Album Promo
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7
Viennese Costume Ball Revival
Viennese Costume Ball Revival
Cirque D' Soleil Masks Bring Class to Halloween
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6
Evil Clown Obsessions
Evil Clown Obsessions
Coulrophobic Nightmares
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5
Artisan Leather Masks
Artisan Leather Masks
The Cannabis Leaf Mask Carnival Masks and More
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4
$1.3 Million Diamond Jeans
$1.3 Million Diamond Jeans
Secret Circus Clothing
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3
Extreme Halloween Makeup
Extreme Halloween Makeup
From Glow-in-the-Dark Clowns to Special Effects Gore
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2
Evil Celebrity Clowns
Evil Celebrity Clowns
Famous Faces Digitally Repainted at Worth1000
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1
Scary Circus Characters
Scary Circus Characters
10 Evil Clown Dolls
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