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Fire eating, tight wires, juggling, hair and neck hanging are just a few of the notable acts performed by the Illinois State Gamma Phi Circus. Here’s a list to help you brush up on some facts before Saturday’s big performance:

• Started in 1926 when Clifford “Pop” Horton organized a small group of men to perform pyramids and tumble at sporting events. Dedicated to fitness and gymnastics, Gamma Phi Fraternity was founded in 1929

• Renamed itself to Gamma Phi Circus in 1931 and now remains the oldest collegiate circus in the United States

• Currently has over 50 members and more than 25 acts in every show

• Recently performed in Germany and South Carolina

• The only other collegiate circus is at Florida State University and was founded by an alumnus of ISU

• Gamma Phi alumni are performing and working with several well-known circuses including Cirque du Soleil, Circus Vargas, the Shrine Circus, the Circus Kingdom, Robert Brothers Circus and more

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