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With the Greatest of Ease

Aerial acts are now considered among the most quintessential of circus acts, however the flying trapeze was not performed  until 1859 when Frenchman Jules Lotard first flew from one suspended bar to another. Before that year, some circuses had featured single trapeze acts, where the performer accomplished acrobatic feats on first, a still bar and later, a swinging one. Once a second bar, the catch bar, was introduced the act was raised high above the rings and became a focal point for the entire performance. The skill and daring of aerial artists has long been a popular subject for circus advertising. With the Greatest of Ease features posters printed in the 19th and 20th centuries featuring some of the most amazing feats performed above the circus ring. The exhibition will be on display in the Circus Museum, Tibbals Learning Center.

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