The fascinating story of the Sparks Circus begins with the birth of John H. Wiseman in Pennsylvania in 1863. He began operating a small novelty show out of East Brady, Pa. in the early 1880's and during his travels found a young orphan boy by name of Charles Sparks whom he adopted. Charles was born in Park City, Utah about 1880. A few years later Wiseman opened an Uncle Tom Cabin Show that traveled by wagons and employed young Charles as a dancer. It was sold in 1931.