I remember in 8th grade we had a school assembly. It was a god damn clown show and I was very annoyed. I was sitting with my arms crossed zoning out to the distance. Suddenly this clown walks up and starts imitating me to mock me. So, I gave him the finger and was quickly ushered out of the gym by a teacher. She scolded me for my behavior and I told her that I'm 14 not 8 and do not appreciate this sh#@. I expected more push back, but she sort of sighed and apologized for the experience. Loved that teacher.
The number of circuses sharply declined throught the 20th century as alternative forms of entertainment became available. I think their popularity has been waning for a while. I went to a circus once when I was a kid and didn't have good time at all.