Circus & Carnival-
The three-ring circus is an entertainment extravaganza that brings out the true nature of the human-for better or worse. It's an epic exposition of eccentric exhibitionists, a full contingent of show biz outcasts too proud to compromise their artistic integrity in opera or ballet, and with talent too great to waste on Broadway. They were destined for the so-called Greatest Show On Earth.
In the never-ending quest to out-do themselves in a jaw dropping display of awesome daredevil drama. People go to the circus to see professional lunatics perform death-defying feats because they can't get a job elsewhere. Each act is an attempted suicide that always fails due to their incompetence. The audience is more amused by their ineptitude than they are amazed by the stupid stunts.
Every kids dreams about running away and joining the circus, and those who actually do so soon find out that the dream is really a nightmare, a surreal twilight zone inhabited with a cast of freaks and fiends straight out of hell. But it's too late to quit because the train already left the station and another child's life is forever ruined by the greatest show on earth.