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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Shanghai Circus is Coming to Largo
The circus is coming to the Largo Cultural Center Feb. 16.
from: largo.patch.om
Feb 1, 2013



A talented troupe of astonishing acrobats will stretch the limits of human ability in the spellbinding show, New Shanghai Circus, at the Largo Cultural Center on Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Performers will defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats while sharing more than 2000 years of Chinese circus traditions.

Bring the whole family to the show that features bicycle tricks, pole climbing, plates spinning, human top, chair stack and more!

Tickets are $24.50, $29.50, $34.50 and an additional $5 at the door. Tickets are available by visiting LargoArts.com or calling (727)587-6793.

If you go to the New Shanghai Circus:
•Largo Cultural Center
•Feb. 16 at 3 and 8 p.m.
•Tickets are $24.50, $29.50, $34.50 and an additional $5 at the door
TAI IN HOLLYWOOD
from Casey Gibbs

 
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KELLY-MILLER CIRCUS
MECHANICS TRUCK  LAST ONE TO LEAVE
WINTERQUARTERS FOR OPENING IN THE VALLEY!

 
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Circus performers give back to community during Macon stay


NewsCentral Staff
from:  newscentalga.com
Feb 1, 2013
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is taking time out of its Macon Centreplex performance this weekend to give back to the local community.
The circus teamed up with the "Beads of Courage" organization to distribute beads to children at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. On Friday, performers sat down with kids and provided encouragement to those in the hospital. Children and circus members are making necklaces and bracelets with the beads.
"These kids just remind us that what we're doing is worth something. when you're a part of the circus, you're immediately transported back to being a three-year-old kid with the shock and amazement of everything. Getting to give back to that little child is something that really touches all of us," said Circus Ringmaster David Shipman.
The circus is performing at the Macon Centreplex through this weekend.
The Fornasari Family Comedy Matadors
 


Uploaded on Feb 26, 2011
Bill Wagy
A very enjoyable performance by the Fornasari Family doing a Comedy Matador act with some very "Bullish" Boston Terriers! This was a performance from the 2011 Circus Sarasota
Super Bowl's Baby Clydesdale: A Budweiser Story
 



Published on Feb 1, 2013
ABC NEWS
Exclusive look inside Anheuser-Busch's iconic horse breeding operation.

Azalea Festival




APRIL 11- 14, 2013
from: ncazelafestival.com
WILMINGTON, NC--Covering more than an acre of ground, the Cole Bros. Circus Big Top is a favorite event of the Festival. Its combination of costumed characters, acrobatics, clowns, and more draws packed crowds each year. Nonstop action fills the Big Top in this two-hour performance.

With an international cast of Circus Stars and a tent-full of educated, exotic animals, Cole Bros. Circus guarantees that families will enjoy chills, thrills, and laughter when they visit The World’s Largest Circus under the Big Top.

This year’s performance features a trio of talented elephants, fearless flyers, camels, clowns, motorcycle maniacs in the Globe of Death, clever canines, teeterboard acrobats, trapeze, aerial gymnasts, the world’s funniest horse, and, of course, The Human Cannonball.
read more about the festival go to:
http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/events/circus-2013/
 
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My Family Recipe Rocks Preview: Joey Joins The Circus
 
 



LWNTV
Published on Jan 31, 2013
Joey Fatone goes behind the scenes to see how the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® feed over 300 cast and crew members on a daily basis on an all new episode of My Family Recipe Rocks on Sunday at 8:30p/7:30c on the Live Well Network.

The episode will also air in the upcoming week.
Tuesday, 2/5 @ 11:30 pm EST
Wednesday, 2/6 @ 8:00 pm EST
Friday, 2/8 @ 4:00 am ES
Saturday, 2/9 @ 6:30 am EST
Sunday, 2/10 @ 11:00 pm EST
Click on the link to find out where the show is playing in your town:
 
from Circus Pete Adams


  ADAM FOREPAUGH  BARRY"GRANDMA"LUBIN
  TENT 2                                     
                                                    
PRESENTS    
 
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                                                                                     2013 ALTOONA                                                                                                                                                                  CIRCUS BONANZA
                                                                                     FEATURING 74th ANNUAL JAFFA SHRINE CIRCUS
                                                                                                    PRODUCED BY STRUPPI HANNEFORD
                                                                                                       GRANDMA COMES HOME!   Barry Lubin To Appear as Grandma                                                                               
APRIL15-21,2013
                                                    
REGISTER NOW!  $35 per person.   Includes:  MARZONI'S RESTAURANT CIRCUS BANQUET, April 2012,                                                                                         followed by Jaffa Shrine Circus              
                                                                       
VIP CIRCUS SEATING FOR SATURDAY EVENING INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION                                                                                                                                                                                     REGISTRATION DEADLINE, MARCH 26, 2013           
PAYABLE: FOREPAUGH-LUBIN TENT NO. 2
SEND TO:  DAVID P. ORR, 737 BRENTWOOD DRIVE, DUNCANSVILLE, PA 16635
INFO: BARRY LUBIN FACEBOOK, CIRCUSFANS.ORG. WHITE TOPS, CIRCUS REPORT
COME EARLY FOR THE FRIDAY EVENING BANQUET OFF THE MENU AT HOSS'S RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE FOR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE EMMETT KELLY-BELLO NOCK TENT NO. 41, 6 P.M., ADJACENT TO COMFORT INN ALTOONA. RSVP MORT GAMBLE mgamble@bethanywv.edu
Comfort Inn Altoona, Your Award-Winning Circus Hotel:  130 Patchway Road, Duncansville, PA 16635  814-693-1800.
Special CIRCUS BONANZA rate of $91.00, includes tax.
CELEBRATE WORLD CIRCUS DAY IN ALTOONA, PA!
Steve Wyrick, Ultra Magician! Now Appearing At Golden Nugget



Published on Feb 1, 2013
Interview with Steve Wyrick, Ultra Magician! Now Appearing At Golden Nugget Atlantic City, now through February 24th. Stage Video Scenes Courtesy of Steve Wyrick. Interview Video Produced by Lew Steiner, Publisher, Atlantic City Weekly & ACWeekly.com.
                  from Circus Pete Adams
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Don't Forget--
Christ and Hall CIRCUS SIDESHOW School presented by Family American Magical Entertainment Inc. will be held at "Magic Emporium" Tampa Jan 31 Feb 1 -2.
2013 Circus Sarasota Preview
 


Jan 27, 2013
Bill Wagy·
A preview of the 2013 Circus Sarasota acts. Circus Sarasota founders Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis have produced yet another show that will entertain the entire family..
Performances now thru February 15th under the BIG TOP at 12th and Tuttle Ave... next to the spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota.
Circus Sarasota 2013. Pedro Reis on top of the pyramid.
 


Gwizbini·
Published on Jan 20, 2013
circus coming to town
 
LEESBURG
ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer
February 01, 2013
LEESBURG, FL--The circus is coming to Leesburg today for a pair of shows at the National Guard Armory at 400 W. Meadow St.
 "We have so much for the kids to see, they'll love it," said Jeane Ybarra, owner of the Fantazia Circus. "We have jugglers, acrobats, flying trapeze, dog acts, clowns and a special cartoon character guest for the kids at both shows."
 The two shows are at 7 p.m. today and on Saturday. Tickets for adults are $12, but coupons allow one adult to bring along two children for free. Ybarra said coupons have been placed in most convenience stores and have been sent home with children at most schools in Leesburg.
 Two of the show's main attractions are Princess Arisbeth on the trapeze and the Ybarra brothers in the "Globe of Death."
 "Arisbeth (Morales) is amazing on the trapeze and she is so beautiful, which is why we call her Princess Arisbeth," Ybarra said. "And the Ybarra brothers, they are so good on their motorcycles. Usually we have two motorcycles, but this time we will have three. We've never done that before."
 The Ybarra Brothers, originally from Brazil, just came back from touring in Portugal, Ybarra said.
 Other acts include the Morales brothers on unicycles, a trampoline act by the Ybarra brothers and a juggling act by Jonathon Ybarra.
 The doors will open at 6 p.m. nightly and during the hour before the show, people will have an opportunity to purchase sno-cones, popcorn, cotton candy, souvenirs or get their faces painted.
 "There is a lot to do, something for everyone," Ybarra said.
According to the circus' website, the Ybarra family are considered pioneers in the circus world. Ignacio Ybarra Sr., the grandfather of the youngest generation of the family, invented new tricks on the flying trapeze, many of which have never been replicated. He has performed before Queen Elizabeth II and toured with top circuses throughout the world during the 1940s and 50s.
 Today, the circus is owned and performed by sixth generation family members, traveling throughout the United States for the past two years. Prior to this, Jeane Ybarra said the show traveled throughout Mexico, Portugal, Canada and Brazil.
 For more information, visit www.discoverfantazia.com.
Feb. 12-13 event: Piccadilly Circus comes to Humble
 

by Stefanie Thomas
from: yourhoustonnews.com
Thu Jan 31, 2013.
Piccadilly Circus is coming to town, performing at the Humble Civic Center Arena Feb. 12 and 13.
"We travel to over 200 cities a year, and 5 to 6 cities a week," said Miranda Schlake, spokeswoman for Piccadilly Circus. "We are a one-ring circus with traditional elements and modernized special effects. We have tons of fun activities and promotions for the whole family including camels, tigers, acrobats, clowns and so much more."
Piccadilly Circus also features a Kids Fun Zone, available starting one hour prior to showtime, which includes pony rides, bouncy houses, a free petting zoo and more.
"Piccadilly Circus has everything you’d expect to see at a circus. We are returning with an all new show that we call Piccadilly Circus BLAMMO!; you’ll see the ‘Cossak Warriors’ on horseback; Motorcycle Nitro Cowboys in the globe of Death; camels and zebras performing with ponies; clowns and comedy acts and much much more," promoters say in a media release. "It's 1½ hours of excitement and fun at Piccadilly Circus."
Free children’s tickets have been distributed at all elementary schools, pre-schools, day care centers and churches. The Free Tickets are also available at sponsoring businesses in the area.
Special “Buy One Get One Free” adult tickets are available online at www.TheFunCircus.com. It is a limited time offer.
Piccadilly Circus is a production of ICE CAPADES producers and plays mostly one or two days in each city and travels throughout North America.
Watch for a new twist with the old time circus posters when our Circus Street Team Parade comes to town prior to the circus.
Where: Humble Civic Center 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy Humble, TX 77338
When: Show date(s) February 12 and February 13; Show times:4:30 & 7:30
Circus elephants predict Super Bowl XLVII winner
Ringling Bros. elephants enjoy a freshly picked picnic of fruits and vegetables and predict who will win the Super Bowl.
from: firstcoastnews.com
Jacksonville, FL

KELLY MILLER CIRCUS READY
TO START THE SEASON!



Tavana's new office wagon.
Just painted by Bob Rawls.



On Tuesday we had a visit from the technicions of Gemini Lighting of Dallas. They came to install our new lighting system. We think our audiences will approve.

 
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In the circus business we call them seat wagons, to the rest of the world they are mobile seating units. Two new ones arrived in our winterquarters today. In just 10 days they will be filled with families having fun at the Kelly Miller Circus.
RSPCA attacks council's lifting of circus ban
 
 

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate used his casting vote to overturn the ban
(ABC TV News - file image)
from:  abc.net.au.
By Russell Varley
Jan 31, 2013
The RSPCA says the Gold Coast City Council has taken a step into the past by overturning a ban on circuses with exotic animals on council-owned land.
Mayor Tom Tate used his casting vote to overturn the ban after the vote was deadlocked at 7-7.
Councillor Tracey Gilmore was not at the meeting.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty says the organisation is not suggesting people who have exotic animals in circuses deliberately mistreat them.
"We're simply saying that in this day and age, to go and see animals exhibit unnatural behaviours and try to even vaguely think that way you're learning about the habits of those exotic animals is just ridiculous," he said.
Mr Beatty says the council decision is disappointing.
"The fact that animals are transported around the country in what you can really only call the beast wagons is just not acceptable," he said.
"Obviously they can't go back to the wild per se, but they can at least in this day and age go to open plains zoos where people, children in particular, can go and see them exhibit their normal behaviours."
A number of people gathered outside the council chambers yesterday urging councillors to maintain the ban.
Cr Dawn Crichlow says the ban made no sense.
She says circuses have been allowed on private and government-owned land and the people have voted with their feet.
"We can't put bans on circuses on private property, so the circuses could still come to town but we had a ban just on council land, the ratepayers own that land, the ratepayers clearly said we want the circuses on our land, so I'm very pleased with the result," she said.
"After we put the ban on, Stardust Circus came to state-owned Parklands ... that was September 2011 and thousands went to that.
"Look, let the people decide whether or not they want to go to a circus."
Sarasota Florida's Rich Circus Heritage



Uploaded on Oct 29, 2009
Sarasota is known as the Circus Capital of the World. Since 1927, when the Ringling circus train first rolled into town, the circus has been an integral part of the areas social and economic life. Today, Circus Sarasota and the PAL Sailor Circus continue to delight visitors, while attracting young students and performers from all over the world.
McLAREN CIRCUS
SOUTH AFRICA
FROM DENZIL MCLAREN

 
 
 
 
 
 
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MADISON, WISCONSIN

 
 
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Inmates on Ice: Crews Help Build Ice Palace
 

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AssociatedPress
Published on Feb 1, 2013
A select group of inmates from an upstate New York area prison helped build a giant ice palace, which is the centerpiece of the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. (Feb. 1)


Patty Zerbini's
TWO TAILS RANCH INOFORMATION

18655 NE 81st St
Williston, Florida 32696
.Phone
(352) 528-6585
Email
pzerbini@aol.com
Website
http://www.allaboutelephants.com
http://www.twotailsranch.com
All About Elephants is an educational program held on site at The Two Tails Ranch in north central Florida. We offer educational programs, Clinics, and lectures, it is also a home and care facility for all needy elephants, for more info visit website.

 
 
 
 
 
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MORE NEWS FROM SARASOTA:
From: PETE ADAMS
 
 
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From Brian LaPalmes Facebook page:
WALKER BROS CIRCUS
IN PORT ST LUCIE, FL

 
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Thursday, January 31, 2013

 
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Cirque Du Soleil Layoffs Hit Hard
 


Published on Jan 23, 2013
Clip from 22 Minutes on CBC. Aired January 22, 2013.
Cirque Italia extends run until
 Feb. 10


One of the characters from Cirque Italia's "Aquatic Spectacular." (Cirque Italia / January 29, 2013)
By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Arts Writer
from: orlandosentinel.com
January 29, 2013
Cirque Italia's "Aquatic Spectacular" show has extended its run in Kissimmee by a week. The show, which has pitched its big top on Vine Street, will now give performances through Feb. 10.

The "Aquatic Spectacular" stage holds 35,000 gallons of water for its performers' feats. Ariel acts are a key part of the show, which features hand balancing, contortionists and a high-wire routine.

"Cirque Italia is not an average or traditional circus," says producer Chanté DeMoustes. "It's more of a Broadway meets Bellagio that travels from city to city."
 
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(Cirque Italia / January 29, 2013 )
Surrounded by fountains, Cirque Italia performers demonstrate strength and balance.

Cirque Italia's owner, Manuel Rebecchi, was born and raised in Milan, Italy, and came to the United States in 2000. He spent his childhood traveling across Europe with his renowned aunt, Moira Orfei, and her circus. His uncle, Massimiliano Nones, is a recipient of the prestigious Clown d'Or Award.
WHERE: Under its traveling big top, 200 Vine St., Kissimmee
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 10
TICKETS: $20-$40 adults, $10-$35 children
CALL: 941-704-8572

UniverSoul Circus Jacksonville 2013
 


Published on Jan 29, 2013
Opening Thursday, January 31 in Jacksonville! Get In On The Act with UniverSoul Circus!

Circus ringmaster hopes to have audience dancing in Greensboro

 
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Andre McClain
from: times-news.com
By Charity Apple / Times-News
January 31, 2013
Andre McClain, the newest ringmaster with The Greatest Show On Earth, likens the experience to what he knows best — training horses.
 “I took it by the reins, like a horse. It was challenging at first, like any new experience, but I’m still making it mine,” he said. “I feel like it’s starting to gel now.”
 This is the first time in more than 100 years that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have had an equestrian ringmaster, McClain said. Known as “America’s Favorite Cowboy,” McClain and his Appaloosa Comanche will take center stage when the newest show “Built To Amaze” (Red Tour), visits the Greensboro Coliseum for the first time Feb. 6-10.
 This show, he explained, is a behind-the-scenes look at “literally building the Greatest Show On Earth — minute by minute.”
 Dump trucks and hard hats worn by performers are part of the nonstop performance, which includes a gender competition between the boys (Team Blue) and girls (Team Pink).
 “I’m a neutral observer,” McClain added. “I serve as the referee, if you will.”
 The competition element of the show heightens the audience participation “and it teaches everyone, even the youngest circus-goer, that anything you do requires teamwork,” he added.
 McClain is close friends with Jonathan Lee Iverson, the first African-American ringmaster in the circus’ history. McClain also served as Iverson’s understudy for 10 years.
 “Me and Jonathan are like brothers. When I told him about being ringmaster, he said ‘Andre, I’m not worried about you. You know what to do,’ ” he said. “I consider it an honor to be allowed into this circle of professional performers. Everyone gets along. We are a city without a zip code.
 Every ringmaster, McClain said, has his own niche.
 “I try to get everybody in the crowd dancing,” he said.
 This is his 11th year with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and although he never imagined being in a circus, much less becoming ringmaster, he said every night is a unique, thrilling experience.
 “In all these years, this has not changed for me. Right before I go out on stage, I’m always nervous until the lights hit. It’s like the first show, every show. I just accept it and appreciate it,” he said.
read more:
http://www.thetimesnews.com/lifestyles/lifestyles-home/circus-ringmaster-hopes-to-have-audience-dancing-in-greensboro-1.86912

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