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5.0 out of 5 starsRun Away to Join a Circus
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2021
After obtaining a Dartmouth BA and a Columbia MBA, after helping Merv Griffin launch Jeopardy! and Julia Child televise her cooking classes, Paul Binder quit it all to attend mime and juggling school in San Francisco and travel to Paris to earn francs performing at Metro stations. Well, a few years later he cofounded and ran the Big Apple Circus and served as ringmaster. He is an adventurous spirit who has led a life most of us only dream about. He documents his odyssey in a book which is as whimsical and mysterious as the title.
A long while ago Paul Binder fell in love - with the circus. And being the kind of guy he is, he decided to share that love with as many people as he could. First he founded and ran what is arguably the best circus in the United States - and one of the best in the world - the Big Apple Circus. And now he has shared some of his best stories from that time that we can also fall in love with the circus.
I had tears in my eyes and laughed out loud. Not many books can do that.
In the process he also shows us why the art of circus should be respected and valued and it has a rightful place beside theater, ballet, opera, and the symphony.
Paul Binder not only lived the circus life, he created his own show. This collection of anecdotes provide a look at the unique people and lifestyle of the traveling American circus. Well written and fascinating from start to finish.
5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderful collection of stories
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2013
Mr. Binder's stories are entertaining, witty, and often moving, as he chronicles his life in and out of the circus ring. Yes, there are plenty of great behind-the-scenes stories here, but also some insight into a man who started with an idea and founded what is an institution in New York City. The chutzpah required to start a circus from the ground up and keep it running for 30 years? It's evident as you breeze through this terrific collection of stories from a legendary figure.