A Growing Fan Base for a 170-Year-Old Circus

A friend and I went to the circus to celebrate July 4th. The Zoppé Family Circus—an Italian family of entertainers—has been in business since 1842. There’s a reason for the show’s long run: it’s like stepping into a wonderland. Nothing fancy or hi-tech.

The Zoppé Family Circus is genuine entertainment, from the vibrantly costumed trapeze artists and jugglers to the dog tricks and clowns. Glistening horses thundered around the ring. It thrilled us all back into a simpler time.

I glanced around. The crowd was enthralled. No cell phones appeared, unless it was to take a picture. This is the magic of live performance. Done well, it still electrifies us no matter how wired our world gets.

I now consider myself a fan. But I don’t plan to Facebook the Zoppé Circus, nor tweet it up. Doesn’t seem appropriate for the fantasy world the performers conjure.

I’m happy just to revel in it and share it here.