Original Circus

This evening something interesting happened. Something that hasn’t happened in many years in fact. Someone asked me some original questions about what I do.

Usually I get the standard few questions:

  • What circus skills do you do?
  • How did you get into circus?
  • Are you a clown?
  • Do  you have to be flexible?

I get pretty bored answering those questions. But I can’t not answer them; that would be rude. So I have to recreate the questions as if it was the first time I’d ever heard them, and answer them as if I’d never answered them before. But it’s tiring. Sometimes I just think I should make something else up. I long for someone to ask me original circus questions.

And tonight they did.

In fact, not only did they ask me three original circus questions, but they didn’t ask me any of the standard fare. The questions they asked me were:

  1. If I were a trapeze artist, what three qualities should I look for in a catcher to be sure that they won’t drop me?
  2. If I were a trapeze artist, what age would I peak?
  3. What do circus artists do to relax and unwind?

What original circus questions do you have?


Between blog posts you can hear what I’m saying on twitter if you like.

In case you were wondering, the three qualities I said I’d look for in a catcher were 1) strength 2) being present 3) trustworthy.