Jungle Events

Posted By on November 19, 2015

6352529361_e7b1f7c609_z I have seen this fellow before, I think in Florida. He had a Jungle attraction with a mixed group of trained animals. I wish I could remember his name.

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Papering the Billboards

Posted By on October 24, 2015

6440903329_a4b7cd71da_o  I am happy to be posting again. I just got a little tried, well lets tell it like it is lazy. I so for have posted near 7 thousand photos many with stories. I will continue until the after show. Thanks IVAN

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Circus Greats

Posted By on October 24, 2015

6440913041_296a61263e_oI met this man only one time. I was impressed.

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Kelly Miller Circus

Posted By on October 24, 2015

6440853241_3b9cc88353_o      Advertising the local merchants made extra money for the circuses. In the old days the advance man or men sell banners names in the programs, even made special announcements by the Ring Master.

Read Jim Elliot’s comment.  

Thanks Jim!  

Also check out Casey Gibbs comment

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Under Canvas

Posted By on October 24, 2015

6440898655_2d0ecdec45_oFor myself working under the canvas was something grand. Buildings, outdoors. fairs, shopping center gigs, not to forget Las Vegas, Etc. Can not compare. A Circus belongs in the BIG TOP. 

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The Colleano Troupe

Posted By on October 24, 2015

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Two very fine people

Posted By on October 24, 2015

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Those Were The Days My Friend

Posted By on October 24, 2015

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Native American Performers

Posted By on October 24, 2015

6451806985_d7971161fe_zThe Native Americans played a large part in many of our circuses. They either performed in the after show or as a special attraction or both. They would sing and dance in full costume.  I am sure that they were never allowed to do a RAIN dance. The after show was about 15 or 20 minute reenactment of the Old West, much like that of the Buffalo Bill show. Cowboys and Indians doing what they did in the old days. Quite often while the after show was going on, the circus crew would start dismantling ring curbs, props and some time even the bleachers that people were seated on. This only happened for a good reason. A long jump, bad weather on the way and if the crowd was very light.  I understand that John Robison is credited for this idea. I can’t tell you, how many times I heard the phrase..”we are pulling a John Robison tonight” and when the show owner said this, the acts would cut their performance to shorten the show. This of course made an audience wonder why,  scratching their heads as they left the big top.    

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The Mud

Posted By on October 24, 2015

6446088217_239aac5579_oI don’t think that there has ever been a circus performer that hasn’t been pulled off a muddy lot. I can remember every lot that we had to be pulled off of. Maybe Ward Hall will remember when myself and Bird Liver pulled him off a fair grounds lot. If you see him ask him about the great time he had. I am not going to give up the funny Jackpot. 

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