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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Life in the circus a dream for Elgin man


Kyle Barker puts on makeup before the Ringling Brothers Circus at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Friday. Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media


Updated: November 9, 2011 2:30AM
Kyle Barker says that the last two years of his life have been an amazing ride — and in his case, you can take him quite literally.
In November 2009, Barker packed his bags in Streamwood headed to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. After performing his first shows as a clown with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, he hit the road with the troupe, travelling across the continent and living out of a train to entertain millions in the process.
“We’ve probably played for about 8 million people in about 76 cities,” Barker said.
He currently is back in the area with the Red Tour production, “Fully Charged.” The show plays Allstate through Sunday, then rolls along to the United Center in Chicago from Nov. 16 through Nov. 27.
Barker, 29, recently had his contract renewed for another season. He’s so enjoyed the work that he’s learning about various aspects of The Greatest Show on Earth — from public relations to chaining in equipment to be taken to the next stop — in the hopes of making the circus a lifelong career.
“This has been a great way to see what the world has to offer,” he said.READ MORE:
http://couriernews.suntimes.com/news/8667395-418/life-in-the-circus-a-dream-for-elgin-man.html

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