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Gamma Phi Circus

Official Logo of Illinois State University's Gamma Phi Circus

Gamma Phi Circus, sponsored by [2] Membership is available by audition to all full-time ISU students, faculty, and staff. Illinois State University and Florida State University are the only four-year universities that have full-fledged circuses.

History of the Gamma Phi Circus

The Gamma Phi Circus was founded in 1926 by Dr. Clifford Horton, who was a [1]

Circus alumni have gone on to perform in a variety of venues including the Shrine Circuses, the Circus Kingdom, Roberts Brothers Circus, Kelly Brothers Circus, the Great American Circus, and the Circus Alleluia. They have also performed at Disney World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, Great America, and at Club Med Resorts. Members and alumni have also competed several times internationally in the Rhoenradturnen (Wheel Gymnastics) World Championships.

Financial aspects

The Gamma Phi Circus is an entirely self-financed organization supported by revenue from the home performances.[3] “Home Shows” performed at Illinois State University draw visitors to the university. Gamma Phi also offers free exhibitions that publicize the show and the University. Local businesses and corporations help with the cost of the show by sponsoring certain acts and purchasing advertisement space in the program. The circus rents space from the university at full cost, buys or makes the costumes, and does maintenance and buys equipment for the rehearsal areas. Advertising is through TV, radio, newspapers, and brochures.


Gamma Phi performs both Home Shows as well as Exhibitions[4] and Road shows.[4] Every April their Home Show at Redbird Arena usually consists of twenty or more acts and typically draws an audience of over 16,000 fans. Twenty to thirty road shows and exhibitions are also performed each year for schools, businesses, and charities. The Gamma Phi road show performances are approximately two hours long, and are performed in advance of the main Home Show. They perform double-duty as both a full circus performance and a preview and tune-up for the main show. Exhibitions are usually forty-five minutes in length and will normally consist of floor acts only including acrosport, globes, unicycles, gymwheel, chair balancing and juggling and are typically performed for school assemblies and open houses.

See also


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External links

  • ISU Gamma Phi Circus' website
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