World Circus Day 16th April 🤡 "The Greatest Show Of All"



This CST activities page celebrates 'World Circus Day', which is on 16th April each year. Essentially it is a reminiscence based music and picture quiz, based on the circuses which we may have visited in our childhoods. Just to note because of this animal circus performers are mentioned, though today the practice of training animals for the circus is thankfully a distant memory.


Ask members what circuses did they visit as children?

What was their favourite act?

What memories do they have about the noise, smell and images of the inside of the 'Big Top'?




IDIOMS


Next ask members to complete these well known phrases together (by way of a shout out) ...


Ring MASTER

Lion TAMER

"I want to speak to the organ grinder, not the MONKEY!"

Fire EATER

Tightrope WALKER

Human CANNONBALL

All the fun of the FAIR

"And now for something completely DIFFERENT!"

Balancing or juggling ACT

Uni CYCLE

Tears of a CLOWN

Spit and SAWDUST

Crack the WHIP

Life is a juggling ACT

Keep all the plates SPINNING

Knife THROWER

Travelling CIRCUS

Circus TROUPE

Grease PAINT

Big TOP

Circus RING


First song ...



https://youtu.be/qSeg69d3CQ


'The Man On The Flying Trapeze'


Anyone fancy a go? With or without a net?

Has anyone done anything as or more daring?




MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ


Round 1. Circus Acts


Name the circus act ...


1.



2.



3.



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10. SONG. 'Nellie The Elephant', Mandy Miller - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsLKEn119WE&t=27s


Do Indian elephants have smaller or larger ears?




Round 2. Famous Performers


First names are provided ...


11. Charlie ...



12. Harry ...



13. Evil ...



14. Ray ... & Lord ...



15. Marcel ...



16. Penn & ...



17. David ...



18. Debbie ... & Paul ...



19. Ronald ...



20. SONG. 'Tears Off A Clown', Smokey Robinson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcd9N62nOLg


Which other song about crying (tears) did he have a hit with in 1975?


Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNS6D4hSQdA



VIDEO BREAK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5S_5RAWuaU




Round 3. TV & Movies


21. Name this 1941 Disney movie about a young circus elephant?



22. Who starred as the Circus Manager in the 1952 movie 'The Greatest Show On Earth'?



23. Which type of Circus featured on Michael Bentine's 'Potty Time'?



24. In which 1982 horror movie did the toy clown under the bed come to life?



25. What was the name of the clown horror character in the 1990 movie 'It'?



26. Name the members of TV's 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'?


- Eric ...

- John ...

- Michael ..

- Graham ...

- Terry ...

- Terry ...



27. Who starred as John Merrick a.k.a. 'The Elephant Man' in the 1980 movie?



28. Who played the part of 'The Joker' in the 1989 movie 'Batman' and the original 1970s TV series?



29. Who starred as P.T. Barnum in the 2017 movie 'The Greatest Showman'?



30. SONG. 'This Is Me', Keala Settle - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjxugyZCfuw


Who starred in the stage show and 1986 movie 'Barnum' - see below?



VIDEO BREAK - 'Official UK Tour Trailer' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDovXbkfZlQ




Round 4. Master Of Disguise


Name these famous clowns ...


31.



32.



33.



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40. SONG. 'Send In The Clowns', Judy Collins - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L6KGuTr9TI


Which Joni Mitchell song did she have a hit with in 1967?


Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjPoWpkBzmM



41. SONG. 'Cathy's Clown', The Everly Bros. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_fkzaAEbQg


What was their first UK number one in 1958?


- 'All I Have To Do Is ...' - Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbU3zdAgiX8



42. SONG. 'Fool On The Hill', The Beatles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3VeVwTa-bk


Complete these other song titles from this album:


- 'Your Mother Should ...'

- 'Hello, ...'

- 'Penny ...'

- 'All You Need Is ...'

- 'I Am The ...'

- 'Strawberry Fields ...'



43. SONG. 'The Greatest Day', Take That - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHzMLGH1Rfs


Name the original members of 'Take That'?


- Gary ...

- Robbie ...

- Mark ...

- Howard ...

- Jason ...


For fans, here is their Greatest Hits 'Comic Relief Carpool Karaoke' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWmVN4dZZgE



AND FINALLY



44. 'Relight My Fire', That That ft. Lulu - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUkqqI-W1FE


True or False. This song was Lulu's only ever number one UK hit?



VIDEO BREAK


As this quiz has featured some elephants and Lulu, I had to include this hilarious 'Blue Peter' clip to finish ..


https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=250815958624775




PRACTICAL ACTIVITY



Have some fun with a parachute and some soft balls or balloons. The last few tracks could be used as music to sing along and move the parachute with.


Perhaps members could wear a red nose?


Or you could try:


- Juggling Balls

- Hula Hoop

- Spinning (plastic) Plates

- or Walking The Tightrope (a chalk line on the floor).




ANSWERS


1. Trapeze artist


2. Juggler


3. Acrobat


4. Contortionist


5. Magician


6. Lion Tamer


7. Fire Eater


8. Sword Swallower


9. Elephant Trainer


10. Smaller


11. Charlie Chaplin


12. Harry Houdini


13. Evil Knievel


14. Ray Charles & Lord Snooty


15. Marcel Marceau


16. Penn & Teller


17. David Blaine


18. Debbie McGee & Paul Daniels


19. Ronald McDonald


20. 'Tracks Of My Tears'


21. 'Dumbo'


22. Charlton Heston


23. Flea Circus


24. 'Poltergeist'


25. Pennywise


26. - Eric IDLE

- John CLEESE

- Michael PALIN

- Graham CHAPMAN

- Terry JONES

- Terry GILLIAM


27. John Hurt


28. Jack Nicholson & Cesar Romero


29. Hugh Jackman


30. Michael Crawford


31. Prince Harry


32. Morgan Freeman


33. George Clooney


34. Rowan Atkinson


35. Hugh Laurie


36. Dustin Hoffman


37. Leonardo Di Caprio


38. Donald Trump


39. Boris Johnson


40. 'Both Sides Now'


41. 'All I Have To Do Is Dream'


42. - 'Your Mother Should KNOW'

- 'Hello, GOODBYE'

- 'Penny LANE'

- 'All You Need Is LOVE'

- 'I Am The WALRUS'

- 'Strawberry Fields FOREVER'


43. - Gary BARLOW

- Robbie WILLIAMS

- Mark OWEN

- Howard DONALD

- Jason ORANGE


44. True
















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