For the Zoppe family, home is wherever their circus stops.
In a quiet moment behind the curtain, Giovanni
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) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Giovanni Zoppe, balances on horseback while circling the
Giovanni Zoppe, balances on horseback while circling the circus ring. (July 26, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Unicycle acrobat couple, Nick Harden and Wendy Allen,
Unicycle acrobat couple, Nick Harden and Wendy Allen, help with concessions before the Zoppe Family Circus opens in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)

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Richard LeBoeuf shows his juggling skills at a
Richard LeBoeuf shows his juggling skills at a performance of the Zoppe Family Circus in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Blaze Birge and David Jones, of the Daring
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) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
High wire artist Jim Decker performs at the
High wire artist Jim Decker performs at the Zoppe Family Circus in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Jay Walter is both a clown and ringmaster
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) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Blaze Birge, of the Daring Jones duo, shows
Blaze Birge, of the Daring Jones duo, shows calm trust as her husband throws knives past her head (July 26, 2013). (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)

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Children amuse themselves with balloons outside the tent
Children amuse themselves with balloons outside the tent where the Zoppe Family Circus will perform. (July 27, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Crew members with Zoppe Family Circus stake the
Crew members with Zoppe Family Circus stake the tent for last month’s performances in Westhampton Beach. (July 23, 2013). (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
The Zoppe Family Circus tent is carefully assembled
The Zoppe Family Circus tent is carefully assembled by the crew, which also includes performers. (July 23, 2013). (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
One of the Zoppe acrobats pitches in and
One of the Zoppe acrobats pitches in and helps put up the circus tent in Westhampton Beach. (July 23, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
The Daring Jones, husband and wife, perform a
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). (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)

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In a quiet moment behind the curtain, Giovanni
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) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Before the show opens, equestrian ballerina Tosca Zoppe,
Before the show opens, equestrian ballerina Tosca Zoppe, Giovanni’s sister, shares a kiss with one of her show partners. (July 26, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Jacy Jones, 6, daughter of the Daring Jones
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). (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Reggie “Pudding” Moore displays his juggling skills. The
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) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
One of the circus crew members helps build
One of the circus crew members helps build the tent for the Westhampton Beach shows. (July 23, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
An employee of the circus checks the tent
An employee of the circus checks the tent lights before raising them safely out of reach. (July 23, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
One of the circus crew members helps raise
One of the circus crew members helps raise the tent in Westhampton Beach. (July 23, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
The tent for the Zoppe circus performers is
The tent for the Zoppe circus performers is raised in Westhampton Beach. (July 23, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
In the first act, juggler Richard LeBoeuf opens
In the first act, juggler Richard LeBoeuf opens the show in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Acrobat Jim Decker casts a shadow on the
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) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Unicycle acrobat Nick Harden balances Wendy Allen on
Unicycle acrobat Nick Harden balances Wendy Allen on his head at the Zoppe Family Circus in Westhampton Beach. (July 26, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
A performer shows off his balance while crew
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) (Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)