As the story goes, when Joe Pilates was a young man he joined a traveling circus and left Germany to see the world and earn a living. He had a Greek statue act, where he powdered his body white and stood in classic postures, astonishing the ladies and impressing the fellows. We can imagine a hale and hearty, physically beautiful athlete up on a ramshackle stage taking postures with names like "The Discus Thrower" and "The Wrestler". (A modern street entertainer business has a photo of one of their players here.) Joe surely had a grand time, exulting in his strength and the sweetness of triumph over childhood illness. Unfortunately, however, the circus was performing in England when World War I began and Joe was interned as a German enemy alien for the duration of the war. Think about that for a moment. The Great War lasted from July 1914 to November 1918 and trapped millions like Joe in its terrifying web; Joe Pilates was not yet 26 years old when he was sent to one of the British World War I internment camps. He was held until he was 31.