Circus

Charlie the Clown played by 75 year old Karl Brenner, currently the oldest working professional clown in the world, waits backstage in Huntingdon, England. Mr Fips Wonder Circus is a small, family run circus, who during their latest season will travel up the east of England until their season draws to a close in November. They are a company of around 20 performers, all family and friends from the circus community and their youngest member is 12 years old and their oldest is 75 years old. The troupe formed three years ago when Jan Erik Brenner and his wife Carolyn decided that they wanted to return the circus to the intimacy and magic of their childhood memories, and now play to audiences of between 100 and 500 adults and children.

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Charlie the Clown played by 75 year old Karl Brenner, currently the oldest working professional clown in the world, waits backstage in Huntingdon, England. Mr Fips Wonder Circus is a small, family run circus, who during their latest season will travel up the east of England until their season draws to a close in November.

Seal "Steffi" kisses circus assistant Victoria during a photo call at the Circus Charles Knie in Hanover, central Germany. The circus with 110 animals and 100 employees gives guest performances in Hanover until April 6, 2014.

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Seal “Steffi” kisses circus assistant Victoria during a photo call at the Circus Charles Knie in Hanover, central Germany. The circus with 110 animals and 100 employees gives guest performances in Hanover until April 6, 2014.

An elephant stretches its trunk towards the photographer's lens during a photo call at the Circus Charles Knie in Hanover, central Germany, on March 24, 2014. The circus with 110 animals and 100 employees gives guest performances in Hanover until April 6, 2014.

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An elephant stretches its trunk towards the photographer’s lens during a photo call at the Circus Charles Knie in Hanover, central Germany, on Monday. The circus with 110 animals and 100 employees gives guest performances in Hanover until April 6, 2014.

TOPSHOTS Ludmila (L) and Tofig Akhundov ...TOPSHOTS Ludmila (L) and Tofig Akhundov perform with their hippopos in a circus in the Belarus capital Minsk, on January 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEVVIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images

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Ludmila and Tofig Akhundov perform with hippos in a circus in the Belarus capital of Minsk Read more

Afghan girls from the Mobile Mini Circus Children (MMCC) pose for pictures during a show in Kabul...Afghan girls from the Mobile Mini Circus Children (MMCC) pose for pictures during a show in Kabul August 17, 2013. Afghanistan's Mobile Mini Circus for Children would have been heretical under the Taliban, when music was banned by the Islamic fundamentalist movement and girls were forbidden from performing in public and going to school. But today the circus, founded by Danish dance instructor David Mason to teach cooperation and creativity to children scarred by years of war, is one of few projects expanding despite a drop in international aid to Afghanistan. Picture taken August 17, 2013.    REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY)

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Afghan girls from the Mobile Mini Circus Children (MMCC) pose for pictures during a show in Kabul. Afghanistan‘s Mobile Mini Circus for Children would have been heretical under the Taliban, when music was banned by the Islamic fundamentalist movement and girls were forbidden from performing in public and going to school. But today the circus, founded by Danish dance instructor David Mason to teach co-operation and creativity to children scarred by years of war, is one of only a few such projects expanding in the country. Read more