The early traveling entertainers of this country were families, often consisting of just a mom and dad and two or three children. The first reference to a circus in this country appeared in 1724 on the frontier. It had in it two people-a man and his wife. He was a fire-eater (a Human Salamander) and she a strongwoman (Female Amazon) and a slack-rope walker. Those early circuses were by-and-large families, and indeed many of the performers in today's circuses are from circus families-a lifestyle one certainly will either love or hate. The basis for Faire Wynds is two-fold-to entertain a modern audience, while educating them of the past.
Serious Entertainments at Fort Fred, Maryland
Our goal has always been 2-fold. To entertain a modern audience while educating them of the past. To that end, all of our entertainments and costuming come from research of the traveling troupes of the early Americans. No sponge balls are likely to appear, but the art of thimble-rigging and it's 2800 year history is often presented.
Want to see half-naked dancing girls? Not likely, but perhaps watch as a woman is placed in a basket and 5 swords thrust through it. Or in a box with 11 steel blades! Maybe enjoy a demonstration of the 800 year-old Hindu Needle Mistery-or a demonstration of the 1724 phenomena of mind-reading, known as 'Samnimbulism"!