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When Circus Dreams Come True: The Career of Viktor Franyo

Viktor Franyo is a guy whose face you may have seen before, either behind the clever makeup of his character in Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK–The First Flight (inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR) as he tours the world, or as the rising star of the Circus Talk commercial we filmed with him in 2015. Franyo has an inspiring story to tell about making his way to the top echelon of the circus industry, and we asked him to tell it to us in his own words in this recent interview while he was on a brief break from touring:
Photo courtesy of Jordan Matter How did you get involved with the circus?  What made you apply to the Hungarian Circus School and how old were you? When my mom was pregnant with me, a circus came to our village to perform there and the owner asked her if she would like to join the circus. She said no, but it looks like my life was meant to end up in this magical world. When I was seven years old, I saw a circus and later, I heard many stories about how the performers traveling around the wo...
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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of CircusTalk.News, American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.