2014 Convention



Saturday, January 19, 2013

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2013 41st Annual Convention
January 15 - 20, 2013

Bradenton, Florida
Host - Mike Montgomery
Be Uplifted by the Sounds of the Circus with the Windjammers Unlimited Concert, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
The Windjammers perform circus music in a foot tapping concert in the Museum of Art Courtyard. The organization of professional musicians is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the golden age of the circus.
Dovetailing with the family-oriented programming, Ringling’s Saturdays for Educators also provides personal, as well as professional enrichment, that day for teachers.
The program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds and includes hands-on workshops.  Through the Ringling’s permanent collection teachers learn how they can creatively apply mathematics and sciences to illustrate how circus acts amaze and astound audiences. The cost is $5 per person. It includes lunch, materials, and 3 CEU credit hours. Registration is required. For more information, visit the Ringling’s website at:
The Celebrate Circus program is funded in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Institutions Program; and in part by the Les and Judy Smout Foundation, as well as the Koski Family Foundation.
The Clown And The Kids (theatrical trailer)

Uploaded on Aug 5, 2008 Kiddie Matinee trailer for Childhood Productions' The Clown And The Kids - in storybook color!
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Holbrook hosting Yankee Doodle Circus again

Garvekio performs on the trampoline.
By Jeanne M. Rideout
from: Wicked Local
Jan 18, 2013
Holbrook---The Yankee Doodle Circus is returning to Holbrook, hosted by the Holbrook Junior/Senior High School Parent Group, and proceeds from ticket sales benefit students.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Yankee Doodle Circus has scheduled performances at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. in the Holbrook Junior/Senior High School gymnasium.

"Last year, the parent group did very well with this fundraiser, and we expect a huge turnout this year," said parent group co-chair Maggie Brady.
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Joanne Wilson performs with one of her dogs.
Advance tickets are available through the parent group. Each adult ticket for $17 includes two free child's tickets. Pre-sales are available online. There is a service charge online.
Tickets at the door are $22 for adults and $15 for youths 14 and under.
Read more: Holbrook hosting Yankee Doodle Circus again - Holbrook, MA - Holbrook Sun
Emmett Kelly


We are proud to present our newest, most exciting spectacular! "Magikaria, A Fantastical Magical Experience!” An amazing production bursting with mystery, magic, music, and more! This year we will bring you a world of magic...under the Big Top!

There are lots of exciting transformations going on in preparation for the 2013 season! New acts, new costumes, and a nice new look for the Garcia Thrill Riders Human Rocket Launcher!

A sneak peak into the building and creating of one of the new action packed presentations for our 2013 season

Bobby Brown visiting Circus Vargas in Santa Clarita with Katya & Nelson
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all photos from Circus Vargas facebook page

An old circus trainer reunites with his elephant after 15 years (video)
by John Aravosis

In 1988, Huell attended a touching reunion between Charlie Franks, an 80-year-old elephant trainer, and Nita, the elephant he had raised from a baby of five years. When Charlie retired in the early 1970s after traveling the world with his beloved performing elephant, he donated her to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and hadn’t seen her for 15 years.

Charlie passed away shortly after the segment. Nita died in 2009 at the age of 60. The video remains as a tribute.
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jump rope

SURREAL CIRCUS: Competitive rope-skipper finds home, inspiration in Cirque du Soleil

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Skip-ropers in Quidam
by Madeleine Smither
January 18, 2013
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, through 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
WHERE: State Farm Arena, 2600 N. 10th Street, Hidalgo, Texas
BUY TICKETS: $40 to $95
Adrienn Banhegyi has been jumping rope for more than half her life — and she will continue for years to come, if she has anything to say about it.
Banhegyi performs in Quidam, the upcoming Cirque du Soleil show to be performed at State Farm Arena in February. Quidamtells the story of a bored little girl who escapes into a surreal fantasy world where she can see and be anything she wants. The story somewhat parallels 29-year-old Banhegyi’s own beginnings as an athlete.
Her father was a physical education teacher in her native Hungary, and Banhegyi said that he taught her to jump rope as an inexpensive, practical way to get fit. She had no idea it would become a lifelong passion.
“…He thought it would be a great sport for his students since it’s a very low cost—you only need a rope and you can also jump barefoot,” she said.“It’s not something very expensive, and it improves the coordination, condition and the concentration a lot.”
The world-record holding skip-roper said that she and her classmates experimented with different tricks and styles of jumping, and soon her father decided to introduce the burgeoning team to rope-skipping at a competitive level. That was when Banhegyi began to dream of skipping rope professionally.
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Fox 10 Morning Show:
Circus Americana

Published on Oct 25, 2012
Thanks for watching the Taylor Circus Stars on Fox 10 - KSAZ-TV Morning Show with Andrea and Rick, the newest Taylor Circus Stars fans! Don't forget to catch "Circus Americana" at the Herberger Theater Center, which runs December 12-23, 2012!


The mansion the circus built
Holly home built by Barnum and Bailey founder filled with grandeur

This 110-year-old house at 212 College St. in Holly has an interesting past that involves a swirl of rumors ranging from humorous to ridiculous.

by William Axford
January 18, 2013
Holly — The existence of a 3,200-square-foot house on a quiet street in Holly is entrenched with The Greatest Show on Earth. Housing six bedrooms, seven fireplaces, five bathrooms, two kitchens and an estimated 20 to 30 doorways, the home at 212 College Street is mammoth and impossible to miss.
Considering who built the home, the grandeur should come as no surprise. James Anthony Bailey, of the famed Barnum and Bailey Circus, built the home in 1903 for his brother Edward McGinnis. After one tour through the house, it is evident that the home has the flair of showmanship that circuses are renowned for.
Hand-carved lion heads bare their teeth from one of the fireplaces. An 8-foot by 6-foot solid wood door dwarfs those who pass it by. A mural of an unnamed small town covers an entire wall in a room comprised of red velvet wallpaper. Stained-glass windows with original copper fixtures populate the home. These are just a few of the details that pop out in a house that seemingly has an unending amount of doors and rooms.
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The carved heads of a lion flanks one of seven functioning fireplaces inside the home.
Hand-carved lion heads bare their teeth from one of the fireplaces. An 8-foot by 6-foot solid wood door dwarfs those who pass it by. A mural of an unnamed small town covers an entire wall in a room comprised of red velvet wallpaper. Stained-glass windows with original copper fixtures populate the home. These are just a few of the details that pop out in a house that seemingly has an unending amount of doors and rooms.
“I’m looking forward to selling it but I love showing it,” said Realtor Lori Goldsmith. “Everyone wants to see it. Showing it can become somewhat of a three-ring circus.”
Current owner Helen Bates bought the house with her husband Gordon in 1961 and lived in the house for 51 years. Prior to their purchase, the house had been fitted into several apartments. Bates said her husband was a realtor and described him as a ‘house nut,’ and had to own the house when he first came upon it in the mid ‘50s.
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Cuban Circus Artist Success in Festival of Monte-Carlo

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Havana, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The performance of Cuban duet of mast could be described as successful, during its presentation at the opening ceremony of the 37th edition of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, based in the principality of Monaco.
 According to a press release from the National Circus of Cuba, young artists Leosvel and Diosmani convinced the demanding audience, which cheered up and claimed them out to the scenario four times.
 The text notes that this excellent beginning could hold some surprises for the Cuban delegation through the performance today of Daramis Blanco and Daylis Suset Purón, members of fuet Capillary Force, one of the most representative events of the Cuban circusâ�Ö history.
 With several awards, including a collateral prize awarded by US circus of Estrella Fuentes during Circuba 2011, the girls will run one of most anthological choreographic routines, which consists hanging from their hair helped by rings and pita fiber.
 Winners of the President of the Republic Prize at Golden Circus Festival, an annual event held in the Italian city of Rome, Daramis and Daylis will measure their talent in front of famous artists from more than 12 countries.
 Since its inception in 1974 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, this circus event is one of the most prestigious of its kind, which is annually organized and directed by Princess Stephanie in order to show a selection of the most representative events worldwide .

Broadway Center presents
Australia’s National Circus - Circus OZ - From the Ground Up
Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Pantages Theater, Tacoma, WA


Broadway Center presents CIRCUS OZ: From the Ground Up

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January 18, 2012
Febuary 1, 7:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theater in Downtown Tacoma
Get ready for the beautiful and the absurd, the downright kooky and breathtakingly brilliant thrills with Australia’s National Circus – a rock ’n’ roll, animal-free circus show!
Known as Australia’s National Circus, you’re in for an adventurous circus explosion with powerful acrobatics that defy gravity, graceful aerial artists who will win your heart, knock-about comedy that will bowl you over and live musicians that energize the whole show until their last beat.

Join this wildly popular company in a glorious rebellion against the generic as they deliver a delightfully ridiculous show generally appropriate for all ages.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Manatee County Fair opens under chilly skies

The midway opens Thursday night at the Manatee County Fair.
PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald
January 18, 2013
MANATEE -- Carnival lights twinkled in the night sky over Palmetto Wednesday night as the 97th annual Manatee County Fair kicked off.
A cool breeze whipped through the fairgrounds where people bundled up in coats, scarves, gloves and hats to enjoy rides, games, the swine show and foods of the fried variety. Tickets were half price for the opening night of the 10-day event.
"We've got a decent crowd in the midway and the center stands for the hog show," said Dan West, fair manager, halfway through the night. "It rained a little this afternoon and that stayed around longer than expect then a bit of a breeze started, but it is an average crowd for opening night."
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All manner of fried treats were available at the Manatee County Fair Thursday.
PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald
The Miller family from Bradenton almost stayed home due to the cooler weather moving in after record-breaking high temperatures earlier in the week.
"We almost didn't come because of the weather, but I'm glad we did," Karin Miller said. "It's not too crowded and it won't be that way later. We're here for the night."
Miller said it was the fourth year that her family has come to the fair.
"And it's a lot of fun," chimed her daughter, Rain, 10. Rain's favorite ride is the Zipper, which she describes as an "oval Ferris wheel but the seats are never level."
Her younger brother Hunter enjoys the fun houses and Gravitron.
Other families came out for the food.
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South Florida Fair: Weather always a factor in fair attendance
By: James Wieland
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Dmitry Chernov performing @ Dresdner Weihnachtscircus 2012/13

Published on Jan 10, 2013
Dmitry Chernov
Circus loses in planned kangaroo boxing match at Columbus armory
By Boris Ladwig
January 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ind. — A boxing match between a kangaroo and a human scheduled for this weekend in Columbus cannot take place because the organizers failed to file the proper paperwork, according to a city official.

The match, organized by Stardust Circus, had raised the ire of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, which had filed a complaint with the National Guard, which was to host the match at its armory in Columbus.

Kevin Konetzka, animal care services manager for the city of Columbus, said anyone who plans to bring a wild animal into the city has to request that an exception be made to a local law that forbids that wild animals are "kept, owned, harbored, boarded, sold or let for hire within the city."

Konetzka said neither the National Guard nor the circus had filed for an exception, which must happen at least 14 days before the event.
Look for more details  in Friday's Republic.


Circus comes to town
Popular show returns to Albion, Medina

JIM KRENCIK/STAFF RIDING HIGH AGAIN: This year's circus show features many of the popular participants of past shows, like the Rinnys, a family of sensational cycling stars from Argentina. Pictured, Johnathan Rinny wowed the crowd with a spin on a five-wheel-high unicycle.
By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register
January 18, 2013
Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — Billy Martin’s Cole All-Star Circus is back in town with a show that combines traditions dating back 75 years with new energy.
The roaring performance was in Albion Thursday, drawing a crowd that filled the high school gymnasium for an evening of exciting acts and stunts. The circus will come to Medina tonight, with a pair of showtimes at 5 and 7:15 p.m. at the Wise Middle School Gym.
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FAMILY FUN: The circus features a variety of affordable activities, including face painting. Pictured, Gina Sidari, 6, gets the finishing touches on her cat makeup.
The Cole Circus has been coming to local schools for a quarter-century. Martin, who has been involved with the show since graduating a year early from high school in 1977, said it’s like seeing old friends when he arrives in town.
“I have friends in every spot,” Martin said. “You get to see families grow up and come back with their kids. It’s very rewarding.”

ACTIVE PARTICIPANT: Billy Martin's Cole All-Star Circus brought a burst of excitement to Albion's high school gymnasium Thursday as part of a two-act swing through Orleans County. Pictured, volunteer Shane jumps right in with The Fausto Scorpions, a family of acrobats from the Phillippines.
This year’s 18-man show features a variety of acts including returning favorites like Slinko, who celebrated his birthday with a routine set to Gangam Style; and the Daring and Lovely Angela, whose trapeze act had children alternating between holding their breath and cheering wildly.
New additions include the Sensational Sadrak, a contortionist who fit himself into a small glass box.
“Every show, every gym is different,” Martin said. “Every night is like opening night ... it never gets old. I know exactly what’s coming but I see get to see how all the kids react.”
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posters from the past

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Duo Vanegas Wheel of Death DaCapo Darmstadt 2012

old time english circus caravans


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The Internet's Most Amazing Flying Animal Photos

Published on Jan 17, 2013
Sometimes animals are just cuter when they're captured mid-air.

Royal Family


 (L to R) Princess Charlene of Monaco, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Stephanie of Monaco and her daughter Pauline Ducruet attend the opening of the Monte-Carlo 37th International Circus Festival on January 17, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Didier Baverel/Getty Images)

January 17
Monaco Royal Family attended the opening of the Monte-Carlo 37th International Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo
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