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A circus in town

Kids in St. Petersburg, Fla. don't have to hang on a garden swing and dream about joining a circus. Thanks to pretty Faye Moses, they can run right around the block and do it. Faye, shown here guiding a youngster through a high-wire bicycle act, is senior supervisor of parks and playgrounds in St. Pete. Four years ago, to spice up the local recreation program, she started a city-sponsored youth circus. Today it boasts 350 performers, ranging in age from 5 to 21, who work out daily on everything from the high wire to the flying trapeze. They give one major show a year and many smaller ones for local business organizations.

While Faye uses belts, guide ropes and nets for safety (the only accident has been a dislocated elbow), she has no hesitation in teaching all the professional routines and keeps careful tabs on her big-time competitors. "I get quite a kick out of seeing some particular act billed as the only one of its kind in the world," says Faye, who got her own circus training at Florida State University. "Many times it is already being done by my kids."