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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Circus with a worldly cast


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Daniel Raffo and his tigers perform in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show. The circus will be at Reliant Stadium through July 24.

By LANA BERKOWITZ Houston Chronicle

July 4, 2011,
Circus fans, are you ready for some international big-top entertainment with clowns, elephants, high-flying acts and more clowns?
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Funundrum show opens Thursday for a two-week run at Reliant Stadium with a super-size show honoring the July 5, 1810, birth of showman P.T. Barnum. The two-year, 90-city tour launched in January 2010 with a cast and crew from four continents.
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson of New York and his sidekick, Nano, played by Paulo dos Santos of Brazil, keep the show on track.
Among the international contingent in the Barnum 200 show: trampoline artists from China, dancing stilt walkers from Trinidad and acrobats from Russia and Romania.
Miniature horses perform with a trainer from Hungary. And a cowboy from Kansas City, Mo., hosts the pre-show.
The Torres family of Paraguay speeds around a steel globe on motorcycles. Daniel Raffo of Argentina shows off his tiger-taming skills.
Bionic Brothers from the Ukraine do a hand-balancing act, and there are more body benders from Argentina, Cuba and Mongolia.
If you listen closely to those crazy clowns, you may hear a couple of Texas accents. Oscar Liendo Jr. hails from San Antonio, and Taylor Albin is from Mineral Wells.
Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/7639285.html#ixzz1REnxr0Tr

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