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Sunday, February 19, 2012

A most engaging ringmaster brings Ringling Bros. circus to Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center


Longtime ringmaster for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Johnathan Lee Iverson brings the circus to the Wells Fargo Center from Feb. 22 to Feb. 27. Photos courtesy of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

By Jarreau FreemanCorrespondent

From: buckslocalnews.com

Saturday, February 18, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - Elaborately dressed in a green sequenced top hat and a multi colored tuxedo, the ringmaster enters the center ring. With a commanding presence and boisterous voice he begins the prelude to the show.
“Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages, get ready for ‘The Greatest Show on Earth.’”
The crowd erupts into a roar and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s “Dragon” begins.
Johnathan Lee Iverson, the first African American ringmaster with Ringling Bros., who was also named one of the 10 most fascinating people by Barbara Walters in 1999, has presided over the Ringling Bros. festivities for more than 20 years. His role as the show’s ringmaster is one Iverson takes great pride in; he views his profession as more than just a job, but a lifestyle.read more:http://www.buckslocalnews.com/articles/2012/02/18/entertainment/doc4f3e00ded5fed041264396.txt

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