Do little kids actually threaten to run away and join the circus anymore? Do people still go to the circus anymore? When I think of “circus,” I think of “vaguely mistreated animals and freakish humans objectified for the amusement of the masses.”
Or, if it’s “not that kind of circus,” then I think you are talking about homosexual, ambidextrous French people.
Either way, I’m not thinking of “fun for the whole family,” and I’m certainly not thinking of a place that people run to in order to be free and live beyond society’s rules and prohibitions.
But I’m no longer a Biglaw lawyer. If I was, maybe leaving my job to join the circus would be like living a dream…