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  • Let the Buyer Beware – Cirque on eBay

    Let the Buyer Beware – Cirque on eBay

    Throughout the last two and a half years the "Fascination! Newsletter" has presented some of the most bizarre, eyebrow raising, yet special and interesting items that can be found hiding on the World Wide Web with that uncanny connection to our favorite circus - Cirque du Soleil. Be it Cirque inspired wine, guitar tabs for certain Cirque songs, information on taking a college engineering course featuring the designs of "O", dolls inspired by Cirque characters (the "Myumee" dolls), or modeling shots of Olga Pikhienko; the "Fascination! Newsletter" has been there, searching for it, uncovering it and letting you know about it.

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  • BJ, Live from Japan – an Online Chat

    BJ, Live from Japan – an Online Chat

    On a wonderful Sunday evening in March, BJ, the drummer on tour with Quidam, once again took a few moments out of his busy schedule to chat with Cirque du Soleil fans via the Internet. Like last time, BJ joined about 10 Cirque fans from across the globe on the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) network. He spoke with us about Japan, his current feelings about the tour, projects he's working on and various opinions about where he is in life.

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  • Disclosing Cirque

    Disclosing Cirque

    An often wondered-aloud question in Cirque fandom is, "What happens after artists and performers retire from Cirque?" Thanks to the persistence of our own Wayne Leung, we were made aware of a television feature that would address that very question. That is, until the show it was originally set to appear on was cancelled! But there may yet be hope. Here's the story, as we know it.

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  • The Continuing Saga of the Cusick Case

    The Continuing Saga of the Cusick Case

    Though we thought we had reached the conclusion when we told you last issue that Cirque had reached an agreement to re-hire gymnast Matthew Cusick (who had been terminated by Cirque for being HIV-positive), it seems there is more to say.

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  • A Peek into the Wings of the Cirque du Soleil

    A Peek into the Wings of the Cirque du Soleil

    "Dans les Coulisses du Cirque du Soleil" (In the Wings of the Cirque du Soleil) is an unauthorized biography of Cirque du Soleil by Jean Beaunoyer. Published by Québec Amérique in early 2004 to coincide with the Cirque's 20th anniversary, the book promises interviews with various characters from Cirque's history as well as an examination of the "dark patches" in that history that the company would prefer to be kept quiet.

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  • Report Roundup: Sometimes it’s Good to be Guy

    Report Roundup: Sometimes it’s Good to be Guy

    As we mentioned last issue, an "unauthorized" history of Cirque du Soleil has just been published (which Wayne reviews this issue!). A Montreal newspaper (which we translated through Babelfish) quotes Cirque spokesperson Renee-Claude Menard claiming the book is full of "inaccuracies." Enough so that the planned publication of an "authorized" telling of the Cirque story has now been "accelerated." (Though we had heard it had always been planned to be published this year, and don't understand why they now call it "accelerated".)

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  • Guy Steps Down? Changes Within Cirque du Soleil

    Guy Steps Down? Changes Within Cirque du Soleil

    What's this? Guy Laliberte is no longer the President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Cirque du Soleil, his privately held company? It would seem so... stop the presses--this is big news!

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  • Wayback Cirque

    Wayback Cirque

    This year Cirque du Soleil officially turns 20 years of age! With that milestone reached I feel many wonder where can Cirque du Soleil lead us in the next 20-years? Or will it be with us at all? During the next few months we will be inundated with celebratory goods - from books to special events - to commemorate this special time. However, have you ever wished for a way to pull back the curtain of time and experience the Cirque du Soleil of the past?

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  • In the Wings… Yet Another Cirque Book

    In the Wings… Yet Another Cirque Book

    Recently we alerted you to a book soon to be available from Harry N. Abrams, the publishers of the 2003 and 2004 Cirque Calendars and other Cirque books, entitled "The Unexpected Odyssey: 20 Years of Cirque du Soleil" by Tony Babinski; however, according to an article recently published in the Montreal Gazette, fans should prepare for another book about Cirque's anniversary: "Dans les coulissese du Cirque du Soleil", or "Backstage at the Cirque du Soleil".

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  • O the Solar Wind Doth Blow: Solstrom, Part 4

    O the Solar Wind Doth Blow: Solstrom, Part 4

    Once again we examine the episodes of Cirque du Soleil's new variety series Solstrom, and once again we find the series has come up short in almost every respect. Coming from Cirque du Soleil, a series like Solstrom is unfathomably bad. After watching each subsequent episode I'm consistently surprised and disappointed by how weak the shows are.

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  • A Plethora of Singles

    A Plethora of Singles

    Have you ever wondered whether or not Cirque du Soleil music ever reaches the radio? Certainly in many parts of the world it does, and believe it or not, many of those songs are released as CD singles. Most, however, have only been released in Europe and are very hard to get in the United States. Here is a quick list of what you can expect to find if you search for Cirque du Soleil singles:

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  • Where Do You Find All This Stuff?

    Where Do You Find All This Stuff?

    A question we get every once in awhile is how do we find all this information we present to you each month. Some fans might think we have direct lines to a vast database of contacts inside the Cirque du Soleil braintrust.

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  • Covers du Cirque

    Covers du Cirque

    Recently Cirque du Soleil E-group member, soulgirl31, posted the following question: "If someone put together a Cirque du Soleil Cover Band that only played the Cirque's music, do you think it would be popular to the general public?" Most replies, mine included, gave a resounding no. I won't go into my opinion of the general public's clueless-ness of good music. But for the past few years I have fantasized about forming a band that covered the amazing music of Cirque du Soleil. I have given this topic a lot thought and realized that bands should actually play before shows and during intermissions in the traveling shows' VIP tents.

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  • Wind of Mediocrity: Solstrom, Part 3

    Wind of Mediocrity: Solstrom, Part 3

    As I continue to watch the new episodes of Cirque du Soleil's variety series, Solstrom, I so desperately want to say that I love them, that I find them spectacular and that they are as well crafted as Cirque's live shows. Unfortunately, when I sit down to write these reviews I feel like American Idol judge Simon Cowell. Now I'm not the type to criticize simply for the sake of criticism; when Cirque shows me a spectacular, well-crafted piece of art I can easily overlook any minor flaws in the execution or staging and enjoy the final product.

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  • Cirque at the Masters: A Q&A Review

    Cirque at the Masters: A Q&A Review

    10:45pm It was well into the evening by the time I had returned home from work, and little did I know that something special was waiting for me within my email inbox. It was a Wednesday evening in late October as I recall, and I wasn't too anxious to check my email that night. I'm not sure why, but it had been a tiring day on the job and all I really wanted to do was relax for a bit without the fuss of answering incoming mail or navigating a bunch of spam messages. But I checked it anyway. And there it was; the reply I had been waiting for...

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