2014 Convention



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hanneford Arthurs Elephants
By: Bill Galloway
Feb 15 2014

Published on Feb 19, 2014
I taped this at the Westchester Center in White Plains, New York at the 2PM performance on Feb 15, 2014 of the Royal Hanneford Circus. My favorites... !! I'm an AVID elephant fan!!
Circus appearance canceled by weather
Ryan Ocasio
SA votes 'no' to circus
A group of students stand in support of a resolution to end Circus Spectacular’s March 4 Convocation Center appearance due to animal rights concerns during Sunday’s Student Association Senate meeting in the Holmes Student Center’s Sky Room. The circus canceled its appearance on Tuesday, citing weather concerns.
By: Rachel Scaman
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The show will not go on for the Circus Spectacular, whose planned Convocation Center performance drew ire from some students and faculty members.
The George Carden circus visit — which had been set for March 4 — was canceled because of “inclement weather and travel conditions,” according to a Tuesday news release. A circus spokeswoman said there are no plans to stop by NIU in the future because it would not fit in the circus’ schedule.
Anthropology assistant professor Mitch Irwin created a petition in late January to cancel the Circus Spectacular because it featured animal performers. The petition had gathered more than 2,700 supporters by Tuesday evening, and on Sunday the Student Association Senate almost unanimously voted to release a resolution showing its opposition to the circus.
SA Senate Speaker Dillon Domke said he considers the cancellation not only a victory for SA, but for animals everywhere.
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Circus Spectacular adds another encore performance in Enid
Enid News and Eagle
February 18, 2014
ENID, Okla. — Circus Spectacular has added a second performance to its encorce appearance in Enid.

Global Spectrum, managers of Enid Event Center, previously had announced Circus Spectacular would be performing March 13 at Enid Event Center.

Ticket prices are $19 for general admission seats; $26 for reserved seats; and $35 for ringmaster VIP reserved seats. Buy one adult ticket, get one child ticket, coupons are available for general admission seating. Details are available on the circus’ website, Children who have not yet reached their third birthday are free, but must sit in a parent’s lap.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office, online at the circus website or, or by calling (855) TIX-ENID.

The circus previously performed here in November.

Circus Spectacular features tigers, elephants, extreme riders, clowns, the Dynamic Slinky Troupe and Guiming Meng from China, who performs a balancing act.

“Every year, we scour the world to find the best performances,” George Carden, founder, said. “We’re bringing a big show, the biggest we’ve ever put together. The spirit of the circus is to top anything and everything, each year.”

Doors open 11⁄2 hours before show time to allow the audience to go to the circus floor to meet performers, ride the elephants and clown around.

High-flying circus tale transcends real-life tragedy in Concordia production

The Artists of Concordia Theatre present "Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck" in Oak Park through Feb. 23. | Photo by Tom McGrath
By: Catey Sullivan--for Sun-Times Media
February 18, 2014 
For memory-searing examples of the fleeting nature of art, it’s tough to beat the intersection of violence and beauty that defined the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in 1918. In the predawn hours of June 22 that year, it took roughly 35 seconds for close to 100 performers to die near Hammond, Ind. after a military transport train smashed into the rear of a Hagenbeck-Wallace train filled with a hodgepodge community of aerial artists, acrobats, strongmen, clowns and wild animals.

This week, Concordia University theater students will pay homage to the tragedy and Hagenbeck-Wallace’s long lost artists with a production of Chicago playwright Jay Torrence’s genre-defying play “Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck.” Running Feb. 20-23 at Oak Park’s Madison Street Theatre, “Roustabout” is a potent mix of comedy and tragedy, clowning and tumbling, traditional dialogue, and fourth-wall busting audience engagement.

“The show is a combination of sincere and beautiful emotion mixed up with this cheeky, brutal sense of humor,” says director Halena Kays, who earned accolades earlier this season directing Torrence’s “Burning Bluebeard” for Chicago’s Ruffians theater company. Despite the tragedy that lies at the nexus of “Roustabout,” the piece is far from dismal, Kays said. “You certainly feel the emotions of loss with this piece,” she adds, “but I think the overriding energy guiding the show comes from the voices of the circus artists and their desire to connect with the audience and make something positive, and beautiful and inspiring.”

Torrence found his inspiration for “Roustabout” when he found himself at Showmen’s Rest in Forest Park’s Woodlawn Cemetery where many of train wreck’s performers lie in perpetuity. Since most of them were burned beyond recognition, the graves are simply marked “Unknown Male,” or “Unknown Female.” A few of the stones, Torrence recalls, are engraved with first names such as “Baldy,” “Smiley.”
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Centara Maldives stages its own circus under the stars
February 18, 2014

Circus Under the Stars, staged regularly at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, has as its star someone who is very well known on the island, for she is also known to guests as Khun Goy, the resort’s leisure and entertainments manager. The show, which is held on the beach, includes breathtaking performances on aerial silks and the flying trapeze. 

Khun Goy (the word “Khun” means “Miss”) first had the idea for putting on shows during the Christmas and New Year holidays, and they proved such a hit with guests that the shows are now regular features, provided free of charge under the resort’s cashless island programme. 

Her real name is Thaiyara Suvan, and she is a super-fit 34-year-old from Bangkok who began her career in the performance and fitness coaching business twelve years ago. She developed an interest in working on the flying trapeze and from that began to work on her skills with various forms of the aerial arts. 

Khun Goy has worked as an aerialist, coach, rigger and aerial choreographer for various circus companies as well as at corporate events, festivals, theatres and resorts. 

She joined Centara Grand Island Resort in October of last year, where she teaches adults and children alike in aerobics, gymnastics and yoga, as well as organising entertainment events. 

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives has been named for the second year in succession as Leading Family Resort in the Maldives Travel Awards 2013.

“We are very much a resort for families, and putting on a regular event such as Circus Under the Stars is one of the reasons we have been voted as Leading Family Resort,” says the resort’s general manager, Voytek Klasicki. “This is good all-round entertainment, and everyone gets the opportunity to talk to Khun Goy about the skills and secrets of her act, which she is happy to share with all.”
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Community leaders discuss chaos at Florida State Fair's Student Day
By: Jessica Vander Velde
February 18, 2014
TAMPA — Some blamed the Sheriff's Office, some blamed the schools. Many blamed the parents of misbehaving youths. Others said Tampa's churches need to be more involved.

All agreed that mass chaos at the Florida State Fair cannot happen again.

About 100 people gathered at Beulah Baptist Institutional Church on Tuesday evening to learn more about the Feb. 7 scene at the fair from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Col. Jim Previtera described groups of more than 100 teens stampeding through the fair, breaking into fights and terrifying vendors.

He had videos that he said would speak for themselves. They would show the chaos, which prompted deputies to eject 99 people, arrest 12 and close the fair early on its first Friday, a free day for Hillsborough students.

But most clips, gathered off cellphone cameras, showed children laughing and running. One depicted a blurry fight. If they were misbehaving, the children did not appear violent in most of the footage. Some in the crowd at Tuesday's meeting grew restless.

"They're kids!" said Bridgette Welch, 44, who wondered if deputies were exaggerating.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DRAGONS - 2012

ploaded on Feb 15, 2012
Music video from the Ringling Bros. Presents DRAGONS DVD.
CIRCUS KRONE TV - Elefanten im Krone Zoo München

Published on Feb 15, 2014
UniverSoul Circus Atlanta 2014

Published on Feb 13, 2014
Atlanta 2014 TV Spot

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to town

On the day of the show, tickets will be sold for $13 for adults and $7 for children.
By SCOTT GERFEN ThisWeek Community News
ThisWeek Community News
February 17, 2014
Billed as "America's Favorite Big Top Circus," the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will make a return trip to Johnstown in the spring.

The Hugo, Okla.-based, circus will perform Sunday, May 18, at Belt Field, with shows at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Downtown Johnstown Inc. is sponsoring the event. Belt Field, at 281 W. Jersey St., comprises 23 acres.

"We perform in smaller towns because they typically don't get to see a circus, and we really make sure our show is in the tradition of the American circus," Culpepper & Merriweather spokesperson Terri Moss said. "We want to provide quality family entertainment."

Culpepper & Merriweather last came to Johnstown in May 2012. Tickets, when announced on sale at local businesses, will cost $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-12, with children under age 2 admitted for free. On the day of the show, tickets will be $13 for adults and $7 for children.

"All three shows last time were sold out, and it was really nice to see happy families here have a good time," said Downtown Johnstown Inc. president Chris Speck, a former village council member. "It's great because residents don't have to drive to Columbus to see something like this."

The one-ring circus features a 90-minute performance that includes Miss Simone and her "breath-taking single trapeze," Miss Paulina's proud "Big & Little" prancing ponies, the Arlise Troupe on their unicycles, Natilie's American Eskimo Escapades and Miss April and her Rola Bola. The performances also include jungle cats Soloman, Delilah and Francis, with trainer Trey Key, Moss said.

Between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., residents are invited to watch the raising of the big-top tent, which can seat 600-800 guests, and stay for a free tour of the grounds.

Moss said it provides a rare face-to-face opportunity to learn about the history of the circus and how trainers care for the different animals in the show.

"This has really become popular when we arrive in town," Moss said. "It really gives people a chance to see what we do."
Simone Key (aka Miss Simone) performs on a trapeze in the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, which will come to Johnstown on May 18.
Culpepper& Merriweather has been featured on National Geographic's Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight and, most recently, "On the Road with Circus Kids," a Nickelodeon special.

According to the Culpepper & Merriweather website, it had very humble beginnings.

Robert Johnson, Jim Hebert and Curtis Cainan started a small show in 1985 and relied on donations. Gradually, they were able to add employees, equipment and animals.

Until 2001, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus was based in Queen Creek, Ariz., when new ownership moved its headquarters to Hugo, deep in the Red River Valley.

Hugo is known as "Circus City, USA." Culpepper & Merriweather is the 20th circus to call Hugo home since 1941.

Downtown Johnstown Inc., with more than 50 members, works to deliver entertainment to the community. The organization sponsors the annual Cupola Classic Cruise-in in September and a Labor Day flea market, among other events.

Mclaren Circus Promo

Sumner County Fair moves to June
Organizers hope earlier date brings more visitors, cooler weather

The 69th annual Sumner County Fair will run June 23-28 at the Gallatin fairgrounds. This year's fair will have a new midway. 
/Dessislava Yankova / File / Gallatin News Examiner
Written by Dessislava Yankova
Feb. 17, 2014 
Gallatin,TN--The Ferris wheel will be turning a month and a half earlier this year.

After taking place in early August for 68 years, the 69th annual Sumner County Fair is scheduled for June 23-28, a cooler period likely to attract more people with fewer school conflicts, event board members say.

The fair attracts 15,000 people on average from Sumner and beyond.

Attendance at the fair has plummeted over the years as the school start date has been pushed into early August.

“But in June, they won’t have to think about school,” said Jimmy Moore, the fair’s new president. “They will be more free, and they will be looking for something to do. Our fair is going to be one of the earliest fairs in Tennessee, and it will help the attendance. It will be a win-win situation for the fair and for the people.”

Holding the fair in August also hindered the Fairest of the Fair contest as some girls, who otherwise would have participated, had already gone to college. To participate, on the day of the event contestants must have reached their 16th birthday, but not their 21st birthday by Jan. 31, 2015, fair secretary Connie Gaither said.

“That cut our pageant in half because those are the girls who have been participating for years and they go to college, and we were losing them,” said Gaither, who helps run the contest she won in 1969.

New carnival planned
With cooler June temperatures, organizers also expect more participation in other pageants, such as the baby contest as young children won’t get irritated because of the hot weather.

Organizers are also hoping a revamped midway will further draw more people. Clanton, Ala.-based Kissel Entertainment will set up fair rides after Gibsonton, Fla.-based Myers International Midways Inc. retired from the local event.

“The new carnival, they’re young, fired-up professionals,” Gaither said. “There will be new and additional rides for younger and older children. We’re really excited.”
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Astorino Helps Give Circus Tickets To Foster Kids Courtesy Of Titan Media

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino 
Photo Credit: File Photo
By Nathan Bruttell 
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino helped give nearly 100 foster kids tickets to the 39th annual Royal Hanneford Circus. 
The kids will be able to see the show for free thanks to donations of tickets to the Westchester County Department of Social Services for the second year in a row from Titan, the U.S. leader in transit media and a longtime advertising partner of Westchester County.
“The circus and childhood go hand in hand,” said Astorino in a press release. “We are so fortunate that for a second year in a row, we will be able to give our foster families the chance to enjoy this great show for free. I want to again thank Titan and the Royal Hanneford Circus for this generous donation on behalf of our kids.”
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By D R Burk
February 17, 2014 

For over 70 years the Moolah Shrine Circus has entertain kids and adults alike. A St Louis family tradition that brings out the best in family entertainment.

This is your opportunity to experience all the sights and sounds that the circus has to offer. Be amazed at the gravity-defying trapeze artists as they fly through the air with their aerial ballet. Enjoy the crazy antics of the hilarious clowns as they jump and tumble under the "Big Top". Taste the wonderful carnival food such as cotton candy, snow cones, peanuts, popcorn and soda. There are numerous acts that everyone can enjoy.

Not only do we have numerous different types of animals such as enormous elephants, and fierce tigers.  We will even let you get up close and personal with the elephants, ponies and camels as you and your family can ride them.

You'll see astonishing trapeze acts, a lovely aerial ballet, dancing elephants, beautiful, and many other talented performers. Enjoy cotton candy, popcorn and more as you watch act after act take the stage and amaze you with their skills.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the show, and it's a fairly economical way to give your kids such a memorable experience. The fun isn't limited to the show. Before, during intermission, and after the show, people will have a chance to ride an elephant, ride a pony, take a picture with a camel, or ride the children’s train. There will be face painting by the famous Moolah Clowns.

The three-ring spectacle begins Thursday March 20th, and runs through Sunday March 23rd .  At the Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the show FREE (with a coupon and payed adult ticket), and with general admission tickets starting at only $18 for adults.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday; and 10:30 am and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, three shows on Saturday at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Sunday's 1 p.m. performance has special seating for hearing impaired.

Kick-off Parade Event is March 8th.

The 2013 circus season is kicked off with the 72nd Annual Shrine Circus parade in historic Saint Charles. Come and enjoy the spectacular event on Saturday March 8th, 2013 at 12:00 Noon. Watch the famous little cars of all colors and Moolah's famous little Yellow cars will be there too. Listen to bands of all types and interact with clowns of all shapes and sizes. Be amazed by the numerous colorful floats and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with your family and friends as we kick start the magic of Moolah Shrine Circus.

Circus Vargas: The Big One Is Back
Feb 17, 2014
By Alicia Summers, Reporter
Feb 17, 2014

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The circus is in town and the whole family is invited. Circus Vargas presents "The Big One Is Back" under their new big-top tent.

Jon Weiss of CBS's Amazing Race welcomes audiences to an all-new show, featuring some of the world's greatest circus performers including: trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats, death-defying stunt performers and of course, lots of world-class clowns.

Recently featured in the Reese Witherspoon/Robert Pattinson romance -- Water For Elephants -- Circus Vargas is a classic American circus, dating back to 1969 and featuring a real big-top tent.

The performances are animal-free, instead bringing together the best human acrobatic, daredevil and entertainment acts of the world under one big tent.

You can catch the show now through Feb. 24, then it moves to Mira Mesa on Feb. 27.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hi All,
These are the two street pole adverts that we will be running for this year.
Kind regards 
DD McLaren,

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Super Circus Heroes
 showcasing wonders from the marvelous to the magnificent, every day is extraordinary in this action-packed super circus, filled with superhuman athleticism, power and pageantry that will have Children Of All Ages discovering their own superhuman strength. Amazing elephants, horses, camels and more alongside astonishing acrobats, awe-inspiring aerialists and some over-the-top clowns that will have audiences in stitches… of laughter of course! Come join us in celebrating the bravery, courage and honor that lives inside all of us at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes: far from ordinary, beyond extraordinary!


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Presents Super Circus Heroes SM, showcasing wonders from the marvelous to the magnificent, every day is extraordinary in this action-packed super circus, filled with superhuman athleticism, power and pageantry that will have Children Of All Ages discovering their own superhuman strength. Amazing elephants, horses, camels and more alongside astonishing acrobats, awe-inspiring aerialists and some over-the-top clowns that will have audiences in stitches... of laughter of course!
Circus Oz puts on a show with plenty of altitude

“From the Ground Up” was inspired by classic black-and-white photographs of construction workers balancing atop steel girders.
From: Bostob Globe
  FEBRUARY 17, 2014
High-energy, fast-paced and fueled by live rock ’n’ roll, Circus Oz has been called “a little naughty, a little nice, a little death defying.” When Australia’s National Circus makes its Celebrity Series debut this week with “From the Ground Up,” this feisty little troupe from Melbourne will bring acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, an irreverent clown, and a magician who can’t seem to get anything right, all of whom also play instruments and contribute to the show’s driving musical score. “From the Ground Up” was inspired by classic black-and-white photographs of construction workers balancing atop steel girders, and the show’s striking centerpiece is a bright red swinging steel beam that facilitates all manner of daredevil stunts and gags. Circus Oz has performed in 26 countries over five continents. The Globe caught up with the company’s artistic associate and tour director, Ed Boyle, who spoke from a tour stop in California.

Q. What makes Circus Oz different from other small animal-free, rock ’n’ roll circuses, like Cirque Éloize and Les 7 Doigts de la Main?

A. Circus Oz has always been about people who wanted to try and change the world for the better, and we’re very committed to equality and diversity. The company was created by artists [who] found their political message got across far more poetically when people were hanging upside down or swinging off things, and to this day it is run by artists, so it’s a very different psychology from many other contemporary companies. People are drawn to the core values of the company and what it represents, so there’s a constant pool of wonderful artists who continue to support the company.
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SA votes ‘no’ to circus show

Ryan Ocasio
By RachelScaman
Sun Feb 16, 2014.
The Circus Spectacular will not come to the Convocation Center if the Student Association Senate has its way.
SA Senate decided on a new Board of Elections Committee as well as a resolution to show the Senate does not support the Circus Spectacular coming to NIU. The Senate voted during its 6 p.m. Sunday meeting in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.
Circus Spectacular
During the meeting, Otis Buckley, Green Paws Environmental Alliance vice president, was invited to speak about the Circus Spectacular, a group bringing human and animal performers to the Convocation Center on March 4. The circus’ planned trip has aroused controversy in the community from those who think it should not come.
Buckley said NIU President Doug Baker was presented with a petition that had more than 2,600 signatures from students, faculty members and other members of the community who feel having the circus come to NIU would be a bad idea.
During the meeting, Otis Buckley, Green Paws Environmental Alliance vice president, was invited to speak about the Circus Spectacular, a group bringing human and animal performers to the Convocation Center on March 4. The circus’ planned trip has aroused controversy in the community from those who think it should not come.
Buckley said NIU President Doug Baker was presented with a petition that had more than 2,600 signatures from students, faculty members and other members of the community who feel having the circus come to NIU would be a bad idea.
“We were also able to turn in a letter to the president that had 12 officers from six different student organizations sign on board saying that they also agree with [not having the circus come to NIU],” Buckley said.
Buckley said the George Carden Circus has received “numerous” citations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Buckley said the circus’ most recent infraction was in 2013.
“It has been proven that these are the things that this particular circus is doing, has done and continues to do,” Buckley said.
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Ringling Bros. Presents LEGENDS - Alexander Lacey

Published on Jan 10, 2014
Alexander Lacey, Big Cats Trainer and Presenter, making his second American debut with Ringling Bros. and Barnum& Bailey® Presents LEGENDS, Alexander Lacey, along with his legendary big cats that includes lions and tigers, will show audiences the brotherly and sisterly love he shares with these majestic cats.

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show - - Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions! Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!
Stardust Circus rolls into Murwillumbah

Stardust Circus ringmaster Adam 'Warney' Presland is looking forward to the circus' Murwillumbah shows from February 28 to March 2.
17th Feb 2014
ROLL up, roll up - Stardust Circus is coming to town.

Australia's largest animal circus will appear at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds from February 28 to March 2, bringing with it a trapeze troupe, a 10-person Hungarian-trained springboard act and a dynamic acrobatic comedy.

Sure to thrill the kids, the circus features African lions, mischievous monkeys and miniature trick ponies, with the circus treating them like part of the family.

The circus is operated by Janice and Lindsay Lennon, along with five brothers and sisters from the West circus family.

To see how you can win a free family pass see this Wednesday's Tweed Border Mail or Saturday's Daily News.

For more information visit

Ringling Bros. Presents LEGENDS - Behind the Scenes with Producer

Ringling Bros. Presents LEGENDS Producer Nicole Feld takes us behind the scenes to provide an exclusive look at the all-new 144th edition of The Greatest Show On Earth.

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show - - Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions! Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!
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February 16, 2014 
Ticket Down Slashes Prices on Ringling Bros. Circus Tickets in Florence, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Knoxville, Raleigh, Brooklyn, Fayetville, Richmond, Long Island & Newark
Ticket Down ( has reduced pricing for the Best Show on Earth, The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the following venues: Florence Civic Center, Wells Fargo Center, Philips Arena, Knoxville Civic Coliseum, PNC Arena, Barclays Center, Crown Coliseum, Richmond Coliseum, Wicomico Civic Center, Nassau Coliseum, Prudential Center and the UTC Mckenzie Arena. This popular ticket website is offering the promo/coupon code DISCOUNT for added savings on circus tickets.
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 16, 2014
Ticket Down announces that they have reduced prices across the board on all Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus tickets. Tickets for the Ringling Bros. circus are generally quite reasonable. This well known secondary ticket exchange has extended their customer appreciation promo code DISCOUNT for added savings.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is an American based circus company which was formed as a merger between a circus company formed by James Anthony and Barnum and Circus also known as Ringling Brothers Circus. After this merger, one of the Ringling brothers decided that instead of organizing the circus in portable tents, it should be organized in places like sports stadiums that already have sitting capacity and thus can provide better sitting arrangements for spectators.
The history of the circus links back to Dan Castello, who was eager to set up his own circus company for which he wanted Barnum to lend not only his name but also financial backing so that the circus could begin without further delay. Barnum agreed with Castello and as a result, P.T. Barnum’s “Greatest Show on Earth” was organized. On the other side, Bailey along with James. E. Cooper joined hands to set up a circus business which soon became one of the top rivals of Barnum. This competition was the result of Columbia’s birth which was said to be the first birth of an elephant in the United States. This baby elephant was born to Babe and Mandarin and several people were eager to see Columbia and as a result of this, Bailey’s sales went up. Barnum, after all this, decided to buy Columbia and eventually agreed to arrange a combined show in the late 1880s. Barnum & Bailey Circus shows, as it was named at that time, turned out to be successful as people liked the idea.
Below is a list of the cities and venues which will host the Barnum & Bailey Circus through March:
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Circus rolls through Wichita

Over the weekend, the Midian Shrine Circus will perform 8 performances packed full of action and entertainment at the Hartman Arena.
Casey Siebels, KWCH Web Editor/Content Writer,
Feb 15, 2014 
The circus line-up includes clowns, unicyclists, motorcycles, magic shows, acrobatics, and trained animals.

Tigers jump through burning rings of fire, elephants stand on balancing balls, and dogs perform unique stunts.

During intermission, children are allowed to come down to the stage where they can ride elephants and ponies.

Other fun activities include taking photos with clowns, face painters, blow-up slides and games.

For more information on Midian Shrine, please visit their website at
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Bill de Blasio May Ban Barnum & Bailey Circus from New York

by Daniel Greenfield
February 15, 2014 
At least the old lefties went in for bread and circuses. The new lefties like William Wilhelm Jr. aka Bill de Blasio are out to ban the circuses too. Maybe they hate the competition from professional trained clowns.

The engine behind the ban is the deeply controversial animal rights group NYCLASS that helped bankroll Bill de Blasio’s win. With so many top politicians in its pocket, it’s moving on from attacking horses to attacking elephants.

The circus is coming to town — and some advocates want it to be for the last time.

NYCLASS, the animal rights group that’s been the key player in pushing for a ban on Central Park horse carriages, says it also wants the city to bar the use of animals in circuses — one item on an expanded agenda it plans to pursue this year.

“Animals in the circus are horribly abused. Animals in nature don’t naturally wear tutus and stand on their hind legs,” said Allie Feldman, the group’s executive director.

Well you learn something new every day. But wait, here’s an elephant doing just that in nature.

Animal rights activists like Allie Feldman are ignorant swine when it comes to knowing anything about the animals they want to save kill for their own good. But that’s unnecessarily insulting to swine who don’t deserve being compared to Allie Feldman.

Feldman however is correct about tutus. Animals in nature don’t wear them. Animals in nature however also eat obnoxious animal rights activists so let’s call it even.
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Circus attracts Abu Dhabi residents to Six Continents fair
Latin Circus shows has stunning acts at Khalifa Park

Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News
Tigers jumping platforms as part of a circus show at Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi.
By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter 
February 15, 2014
Abu Dhabi: A new daily event has become a big draw for children and families to the Six Continents fair at Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi, organised by Abu Dhabi Municipality.
Latino Circo (Latin Circus), which brought about 30 artists to the capital, has several stunning acts like high-wire acrobatics, trapeze and a tiger show with four big cats.
Dance, music and clowns add colour to the circus.
Tight-rope walkers and motorcycle stunts keep the viewers on edge as they perform without a safety net. Even acrobats on the trapeze leave the audience nervous with their stunts.
A temporary cage was assembled for the gigantic tigers for their stunts with a single trainer. Whenever they started roaring loudly at their trainer, he tried to pacify them by offering them a piece of meat
When a small ‘box of surprise’ was opened, an ‘elastic’ man emerged and started performing acrobatics. He went back into the box ‘elastically’ amidst applause from the spectators.
The circus is part of the municipality’s initiative to offer entertainment to all sections of society, especially families, at the Six Continent fair, a senior official told Gulf News
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Apple Circus presets 'Luminocity' in Bridgewater

February 15, 2014 by Daniel GreenfieldBig Apple Circus presets 'Luminocity' in Bridgewater

Luminocity, the all-new show from the Big Apple Circus, now in its 36th season, celebrates the vitality of life in Bridgewater from Feb. 27 to March 16.
from: The Messenger-Gazette 
By The Messenger-Gazette 
February 14, 2014 
Luminocity, the all-new show from the Big Apple Circus celebrates the vitality of life at the city epicenter, the Crossroads of the World for its 36th season. Catch all the verve, the high-spirits and racing-pulse thrills of various circus artists in one ring, where no seat is more than 50 feet from ringside. The Big Apple Circus presents the New Jersey premiere of Luminocity in its annual Bridgewater engagement at TD Bank Ballpark from Thursday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 16.
Venture within the hubbub at the heart of Gotham, where the restless tide of humanity rushes through canyons of skyscrapers and shoals of billboards: The dog-walker, whose rowdy pups perform amazing trick; the rube, a clown-prince among peers, celebrating the mirth of life; teeter-board acrobats flying like fireworks; a chic couple of wire-walkers suspended mid-air for the event; and much more. The celebrated Big Apple Circus Band, under the baton of maestro Rob Slowik, provides the lively musical soundtrack, and Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane will conduct the tour through this luminous cityscape. Run away and join the Big Apple Circus this season for a dazzling, unforgettable spectacle of wonder, merriment and joy.

Returning as Big Apple Circus director for a sixth season, Michel Barette presents a memorable show to entertain audiences of all ages. As choreographer, Vicki Davis returns to share her dancing delight step by step. Sarah Conly returns with her magnificent costume designs. Michael Deegan makes his Big Apple Circus debut as scenic designer. Also returning are sound designer JP Perreaux, who amplifies the Big Top with melodious vibes, and lighting designer Louis Morisset, who energizes the show with flashes of glistening illumination. As always, the Big Apple Circus Band captures the minds and hearts under the musical direction of Rob Slowik.
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