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“We’re basically a city without a ZIP code,” Mr. Griggs, a circus manager, said Thursday at his home, which sat in a railyard in Secaucus, N.J, the sun gleaming off its silver paint. The train’s 33 coach cars, he said, are like a 33-story apartment building, only horizontal, with onboard electricians and mechanics in place of a super.
At 22, Bulgarian-born Mantchev is already an eight-year circus veteran. As a young teen, he traded his family for the circus community and came to America.
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Performers from multi-generational circus families hold a unique status under the big top. On the back lot they call it "being circus," and it represents a clear dividing line.
Howie Morley got his big break after being spotted erecting scaffolding - on stilts. After that, you know you belong under the big top.
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