A monkey cowers as its trainer Qi Defang approaches during training for a circus in Suzhou, Anhui province. Suzhou is known as the hometown of circus troupes in China and has more than 300 circus troupes
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Circus of Horrors performs its latest show The Night of the Zombie at the Wookey Hole Caves Theatre near Wells in Somerset, England
Cuban children practise during a training session at a circus school in Havana, located inside an abandoned movie theatre on a noisy avenue in a working-class section of the city
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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.
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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 Monday. The circus with 110 animals and 100 employees gives guest performances in Hanover until April 6, 2014.
Ludmila and Tofig Akhundov perform with hippos in a circus in the Belarus capital of Minsk
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.