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David Shipman on Running Away with the Circus


The Ringling Bros. ringmaster has visited 48 states in his four years with the circus.

While travel is a luxury that comes along once a year for most of us, a lucky few spend their lives seeing the world. For David Shipman, his job has taken him to all 48 contiguous United States. Four years ago, he ran away with the circus and has been performing across the country as the Ringling Brothers ringmaster ever since.

“The travel is one of the best part of the job,” Shipman said. “I live and travel on a circus train – most people don't know that the Ringling Bros. still travels by train. There's something incredibly romantic about traveling the country in such a traditional way. I get to see America's backyard.”

Luckily for us, we get to see it with him. Shipman documents all his adventures on Instagram from his train car. Perhaps running away with the circus isn’t such a bad idea.





W A N D E R L U S T #happyplace #beautiful #photography

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I mean, come on. I was gobsmacked. #antelopecanyon #grandcanyon #arizona #page #unbelievable

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New Orleans, I adore you.

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