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Giovanni Zoppe, balances on horseback while circling the circus ring. (July 26, 2013)

The little big top

For the Zoppe family, home is wherever their circus stops.

In a quiet moment behind the curtain, Giovanni
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In a quiet moment behind the curtain, Giovanni Zoppé prepares to charm the crowd. “We try to touch every emotion,” he says. (July 26, 2013)

Giovanni Zoppe, balances on horseback while circling the
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Giovanni Zoppe, balances on horseback while circling the circus ring. (July 26, 2013)

Unicycle acrobat couple, Nick Harden and Wendy Allen,
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Unicycle acrobat couple, Nick Harden and Wendy Allen, help with concessions before the Zoppe Family Circus opens in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013)

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Richard LeBoeuf shows his juggling skills at a
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Richard LeBoeuf shows his juggling skills at a performance of the Zoppe Family Circus in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013)

Blaze Birge and David Jones, of the Daring
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Blaze Birge and David Jones, of the Daring Jones acrobatic duo, perform with their daughter, Jacy Jones, 6, at the Zoppe Family Circus in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013)

High wire artist Jim Decker performs at the
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High wire artist Jim Decker performs at the Zoppe Family Circus in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013)

Jay Walter is both a clown and ringmaster
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Jay Walter is both a clown and ringmaster for the Zoppé Family Circus and a key player during the performance on the East End. (July 26, 2013)

Blaze Birge, of the Daring Jones duo, shows
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Blaze Birge, of the Daring Jones duo, shows calm trust as her husband throws knives past her head (July 26, 2013).

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Children amuse themselves with balloons outside the tent
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Children amuse themselves with balloons outside the tent where the Zoppe Family Circus will perform. (July 27, 2013)

Crew members with Zoppe Family Circus stake the
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Crew members with Zoppe Family Circus stake the tent for last month’s performances in Westhampton Beach. (July 23, 2013).

The Zoppe Family Circus tent is carefully assembled
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The Zoppe Family Circus tent is carefully assembled by the crew, which also includes performers. (July 23, 2013).

One of the Zoppe acrobats pitches in and
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One of the Zoppe acrobats pitches in and helps put up the circus tent in Westhampton Beach. (July 23, 2013)

The Daring Jones, husband and wife, perform a
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The Daring Jones, husband and wife, perform a high-flying trapeze act in the recent Westhampton Beach production. They work with no safety nets or harnesses. (July 26, 2013).

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In a quiet moment behind the curtain, Giovanni
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In a quiet moment behind the curtain, Giovanni Zoppé prepares to charm the crowd. “We try to touch every emotion,” he says. (July 26, 2013)

Before the show opens, equestrian ballerina Tosca Zoppe,
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Before the show opens, equestrian ballerina Tosca Zoppe, Giovanni’s sister, shares a kiss with one of her show partners. (July 26, 2013)

Jacy Jones, 6, daughter of the Daring Jones
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Jacy Jones, 6, daughter of the Daring Jones acrobat couple, warms up for her routine by performing moves on the center ring. (July 26, 2013).

Reggie “Pudding” Moore displays his juggling skills. The
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Reggie “Pudding” Moore displays his juggling skills. The Zoppé Circus got its start in Italy 170 years ago and bills itself as honoring Old-World showmanship. (July 26, 2013)

One of the circus crew members helps build
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One of the circus crew members helps build the tent for the Westhampton Beach shows. (July 23, 2013)

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An employee of the circus checks the tent
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An employee of the circus checks the tent lights before raising them safely out of reach. (July 23, 2013)

One of the circus crew members helps raise
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One of the circus crew members helps raise the tent in Westhampton Beach. (July 23, 2013)

The tent for the Zoppe circus performers is
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The tent for the Zoppe circus performers is raised in Westhampton Beach. (July 23, 2013)

In the first act, juggler Richard LeBoeuf opens
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In the first act, juggler Richard LeBoeuf opens the show in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013)

Acrobat Jim Decker casts a shadow on the
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Acrobat Jim Decker casts a shadow on the tent ceiling as he walks across the tightrope at the Zoppe Family Circus in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013)

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Unicycle acrobat Nick Harden balances Wendy Allen on
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Unicycle acrobat Nick Harden balances Wendy Allen on his head at the Zoppe Family Circus in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013)

A performer shows off his balance while crew
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A performer shows off his balance while crew members with Zoppe, a traditional Italian family circus, assemble the tent for the upcoming shows in Westhampton Beach. (July 23, 2013)

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