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...

Clowned in Lebanon

Death and conflict surround the tiny country of Lebanon. With its north and west bordering Syria and its south bordering “the occupied land” as they say (Israel according to official US policy), the Mediterranean is their only peaceful neighbor. Half the buildings of Beirut are bombed full of holes from their own civil war which just ended the year “Ice Ice Baby” hit the charts. For 15 years Muslims and Christians tried to eliminate each other for praying differently until one day the just decided it was a stupid idea and quit. The other half of the buildings consist of massive under construction skyscrapers ready to welcome yuppies with state of the art starbucking. The new hipster neighborhood changes every 6 months or so and the food is insanely satisfying all over. https://youtu.be/V8bmgpbBh7k Five years ago, the horrors began next door and a river of refugees flooded the country. Around one million Syrians have joined the half million Palestinian refugees to make up about one third of the countries population. And they were accepted. Because Lebanon knows the horrors of war and the bliss of peace. The refugees who choose to live here say at least they can still see Syria and they can still hear the bombs so they know what’s going on. They keep hoping for those explosions to stop so they can go back and rebuild. Lebanon may not have much to share but they have some kind of a heart. And they have a few clowns. Clown Me In was founded by a beautifully souled friend of mine Sabine Choucair. We joined them for the...
Clown Chronicles from Refugee Road pt. 1

Clown Chronicles from Refugee Road pt. 1

We’ve begun our second tour of Europe clowning for refugees. Now you can see all the action. Keep checking in to our website or subscribe to our YouTube channel. The first episode is here. http://is.gd/0oizH4
Support the Emergency Circus on Refugee Road

Support the Emergency Circus on Refugee Road

DONATE HERE! 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 to return. Since April we’ve performed countless shows for thousands of refugees beginning at the Syrian border in Lebanon and Turkey and moving through Greece to the north playing music and games along the way. In order continue we need your support. All of our costs are covered only by private donations from people like YOU. 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 can receive updates as we document the situation through the eyes of a circus in writing, video, and photography. These are sweet, kind families who risk 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 being created now and the Emergency Circus is committed to doing what we can to steer it in a positive direction by...
Emergency Circus on Refugee Road Ep. 1: Clowning Between Drowning and Hope

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...