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The Story of Robert Mermin, Founder of Circus Smirkus

At 19 years old, Robert Mermin ran away from home to join the circus. Armed with $50 in his pocket and a homemade clown nose, he found an apprenticeship that began a lifetime of involvement under the big top. After 18 years as a clown, mime, juggler and other sorts of entertainer, Rob founded his own circus and called it “Circus Smirkus“. It failed catastrophically, and the clown lost his shirt.

A year later, he tried again. With the help of a friend and some literal back-of-the-napkin financing, he built the current version of Circus Smirkus.


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