First modern circus is staged - HISTORY

In 1792, English equestrian John Bill Ricketts opened the first American circus in Philadelphia and later opened others in New York City and Boston. President George Washington reportedly attended a Ricketts circus and sold the company a horse. Smaller traveling circuses arose in ……

The History of Circuses in America

The First American Circus The circus was already a popular phenomenon throughout England when it finally arrived in America. Between 1800 and 1820, the Circus of Pepin and Breschard toured down the East Coast of the United States, from Montreal, Canada to Havana, Cuba.…

What was the first American circus - Answers

Mar 27, 2011 · The first American circus was the Circus of Pepin and Breschard. John Bill Ricketts is often credited with operating the first American circus but his was a British circus which simply played in America. Victor Pepin was born in New York making his circus the first American circus rather than the first circus to appear in America.…

The Circus in America: 1793 - 1940

The first American circuses began shortly after the country was founded, and as the country’s population grew, moved West, went through the Industrial Revolution, and opened its gates to the world, the circus followed. Indeed, in many cases the circus provided people’s first view of new inventions, exotic animals and peoples, and popular entertainments.…

SHORT HISTORY OF THE CIRCUS - Circopedia

In 1793, Hughes went to perform to the court of Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg, Russia; that same year, one of his pupils, British equestrian John Bill Ricketts (1769-1802), opened the first circus in the United States, in Philadelphia. In 1797, Ricketts also established the first Canadian circus, in Montréal.…

John Bill Ricketts Circus in Philadelphia

Durang is considered to be the first American born circus clown. Most of the know history of John Bill Ricketts and his circus comes from the writings of John Durang. After the success and notoriety of his Philadelphia circus, Ricketts opened circuses in New York, Albany and gave performances at various towns in New England and Canada.…