After majoring in performing arts at university, author and collector Pascal Jacob enjoyed a twelve-year career as assistant director of opera productions. He went on to work in the fields of scenery and costume design, and artistic direction. In 1984, he completed a master's degree in American circus and in 2002 began to develop a thesis on the evolution of circus costumes. He currently teaches circus history at the National Circus School in Montreal and the Fratellini Academy in France. An exhibition curator as well, Pascal Jacob has published some thirty books on circus and opera subjects. He also has served as artistic director for the international circus production company Dragone, and creative director for prominent circus productions including Barnum's Kaleidoscape, India and Dai Show. As well, he currently is the artistic director of Cirque Phénix and Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain.