Berosini

| November 15, 2017

                                                     One of the finest acts of it’s kind.

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Friendship

| November 14, 2017

  Jack and I first met on the Kay Bros. He had a fine elephant act with baby Anna. Jack bought Anna from Louie Goebel. Smoky Jones helped Jack in the training of her. All in all a very professional act.

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Jack Badal & Smokey Jones

| November 9, 2017

Photo from the Jack Badal collection

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Clyde Beatty

| November 9, 2017

There is no question that Beatty set the bar higher with a fighting big cat acts. Proof is, many copied his style of act even down to his wardrobe. That I think is a complement to him. It is also true that many were just as good as Beatty, its just that he was first in line for the glory.   

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Tusko, Al G. Barnes Circus Mid 1930’s

| November 8, 2017

  The days when you could see such a magnificent elephant as this one, are most likely gone. You have to give the credit to the American circus that imported and trained these animals. Todays American public will never see such a wonder as this one. Most elephants in Africa now are being killed for food and […]

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Al & Ivan

| November 8, 2017

  Looks like a big tip…… I was always amazed at the crowds we would have without giving away free passes. The prices were affordable for the average family.  It was the only circus that I know of that had a pay one price for the whole family. As I have said it before Mr. Kadya was a smart […]

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Jack & Chet

| November 8, 2017

Jack Badal and Chet Juzyk taking to Louie Goebel in the back yard of the Jungleland compound. This photo was taken in 1962. We lost Chet some time ago, to this day he is still missed. Jack Badal is 83 and going strong. Jack is responsible for many of the historic photos with in the circus blog.. […]

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Rousting Al Kayda

| November 8, 2017

I was always teasing Al. The B.R….. Bank Roll from the concessions was carried in his back pocket from the concessions to his office trailer. This particular day I nailed him in the center ring as he was getting ready to make the candy pitch. If you notice many in the audience stood up in wonderment. Our […]

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Kay Bros Circus

| November 7, 2017

A fine little circus that was fun to be a part of. After each date the cash was there in your hand, never worried about it. Al Kayda had good sponsors and the seats were always full. At these prices why shouldn’t they be. Mr.Kayda was a smart business man, The show made it’s money on a volume basis […]

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The Road Map

| November 7, 2017

On the left Al Kayda owner of Kay Bros circus and Mack McDermitt. Seen here looking over a road map on how to get to the next spot. Nine times out of ten there would be an argument on what road to take. By the time the argument was over, you could be at the next […]

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