LAST OF THE BIG ARENA SHOWS
Many of us can remember the circus from our childhood. My first memories were created at The Forum in Wichita, Kansas when Ringling Bros. would come to town. It wasn't the big tents or the "Big Top" as it was often called, I'd seen in movies. It was an indoor event that eventually grew to large arena size after the circus was acquired by Feld Entertainment in the 1960's.
There were many glorious ways to introduce the crowd to the Ringmaster.
The circus weathered criticism and protesting over the treatment of circus animals including and maybe even primarily among them the elephants.
THE ANIMAL ACTS
THE CLOWNS: If the Ringmaster was the guide to the circus universe, the clowns were another constant, always ubiquitous and crowd pleasing.
THE VETERAN CLOWN
The other clowns encouraged me to meet this gentleman. They said he had been with RBBB the longest of any of them.
Clowns often facilitated other acts. In this case Jemma "The Jet" (Kirby).
I remember reading how the Felds, who own Ringling Brothers, would travel the world to view potential acts for their productions.
It was the circus as I remembered it, but with added elements of vaudeville, Las Vegas shows and its' own particular mixture of color that dazzled the eyes.
I remember as an adult asking for tickets for my birthday to the cirus to take my kids. I loved it as much as they did and I still have my full color programs.
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