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Cirque du Soleil's Expanding Big Top

In addition to its profitable shows, the whimsical French-Canadian circus is looking into TV, multimedia, and even hotels

By Thane Peterson

It's hard not to watch Cletus Okpoh while I'm talking with Chantal Côté, the public-relations person at Cirque du Soleil. We're in a huge, hanger-style training studio at the circus company's Montreal headquarters, and gymnast Okpoh is perched above us on a trapeze some 45 feet off the ground.