Manifesto

Composed of superhuman circus performers from around the globe, Emergency Circus administers inspirational circus shows and workshops to  the hospitalized, the homeless, the imprisoned, and the undercircussed everywhere. This non-profit division of Dr. Patch Adams’ Gesundheit Institute seeks to inspire, entertain, and enliven humanity. Through spectacle and performance the Emergency Circus demonstrates the power of the human spirit to achieve seemingly impossible skills through dedication and persistence.

 

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“We believe in the healing power of laughter and empathy to elevate endorphins, relieve stress, build community, and diminish pain.”

-Emergency Circus Founder, Clay Mazing

Videos

Chronicles

Special Little Royalty

A new movement has been incubating on a mystical landscape in the heart of Turkey for the past 2 years. This Spring the Little Prince Acadamy opened to the public as a place where children with all manner of different abilities can come for free to explore and create together. Here, children leave their labels of Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc. behind. Here, differences are celebrated and encouraged. Here, little princes and princesses integrate to discover life in a safe and loving environment amidst the most unique geography on the planet. Watch the Emergency Circus bring laughter and applause to christen the opening of the Little Prince Acadamy. This video shows the first time many of these “challenged” children played and danced with “normal” children. We all laugh the... read more

Emergency Circus on Refugee Road Ep. 1: Clowning Between Drowning and Hope

I snap out of hectic dreams filled with the images of last night. People running for doctors in broken accents of every language. The old grandmother limping down the stairs. The man with feet like an elephant’s. The tear-smeared cheeks of the tall man wrapped in wool. The agony of his voice. Emergency blankets drifting down cobblestones into the sea. Wet piles of clothes. Huddled mothers. Crackers. Soup. Cigarettes. The first crack of that little girl’s smile. It’s 5:23 a.m. The moon casts the slanted shape of a window on my bed. Molly breathes dreaming on the other side of the room. In an hour and a half we’ll wake up and gather our noses. ************ After 9 time zones of upright and locked positions, coffee, rain delays, in-flight meals, coffee, moving sidewalks, trams, buses and coffee, four Clowns Without Borders meet in Athens International. Molly, our logistician, spots me first and after a grand squeezing reunion leads me to the others at the front of the baggage check in line. None of us really know how many hours we’ve been traveling except maybe Sabine who has traveled one time zone from Lebanon. My grin pinches my own cheeks when I see her. We met one year ago in Lebanon clowning kids away from land mines. Her vibrancy and presence make her seem a lot taller than she actually is. I meet Luz’s hug for the first time. Her warm and inviting nature instantly link us like family.  We fill the little plane with laughter on our way to the tiny Greek island of Lesvos, just off the coast of Turkey. Thousands... read more

Bring The Emergency Circus Back To Refugee Road

Thousands of refugees have been forced by circumstance to leave their homes in war torn countries like Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq in search of a better life in Western Europe. Last November the Emergency Circus traveled 3,500 miles through 8 countries traveling alongside these refugees performing in stations, refugee camps, buses, trains and squares. We brought music, laughter, and empathy to countless masses in dire situations. The project was so well received and so desperately needed that we’ve decided we must return, this time beginning at the Syrian border and sharing the entire journey with the refugees, not only to relieve stress and deliver joy through circus along the way, but also to understand and document the struggle of these humans during this massive migration. In order to do so we need your support. In order to pay for travel, lodging, and food we have budgeted a conservative cost of 6,000. Please consider sharing this post and making a donation to the Emergency Circus right here http://www.emergencycircus.com/#donate. Every person who donates any amount will receive updates as we document the situation through the eyes of a circus through writing, video, and photography. These are sweet, kind, middle class families who are risking their lives daily to escape extremely difficult situations they’ve been dealt. Often their children, mothers, or fathers die along the way. They aren’t always treated with kindness and the stress of loosing family members, jobs, and their homes can be extremely draining to their mental state. It is so heart warming and hopeful to see what a simple smile can do for their ability to continue on with hope. History is... read more