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For Performers, the Circus Is a Way of Life

Meet two Ringling Bros. performers, Viki Zsilak (Hungary) and Stephen Craig (USA), in  The Weekeder‘s article, who are looking to continue their careers, life and passion in other shows after Feld Entertainment closes its circus division in May 2017.


Source: Times Leader


Viki Zsilak is from Hungary, and she has performed in the circus all her life.

At age 45, Zsilak travels with her son, Richard, 19, who began performing at age 6.

Even as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus nears the end of its line — final performances will be in May in Providence, R.I. — the Zsilaks and most other circus people will look to continue their careers in other shows.

“My family has always been in the circus,” Zsilak said. “I’m a third-generation circus performer.”

Zsilak said her father taught her everything, and she attended a special circus school in Hungary, where she grew up. Originally a juggler, Zsilak now performs with ponies and goats, and she still does a juggling act with her son. She juggles rings, clubs, fire and bowls.

Zsilak said she was surprised when she heard the news that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey decided to end its circus. Zsilak has been with the show for 18 years.

Link to Full Article on The Weekender

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