Jack & Chet

Posted By on 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.. We spend a great deal of time on the phone cutting up old stories. Jack is a fine person and one of the best animal trainers in America.  

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Rousting Al Kayda

Posted By on 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 backs was to the audience they did not see that it was a joke being played out. Most thought a robbery was taking place. I did get the B,R, and ran from the ring hearing “Stop him “Jack Badal took this photo just by accident. Later we all got a lot of laughs from it, and of crocus Al money was returned.    

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Kay Bros Circus

Posted By on 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 and the gravy was his food and candy concessions. He only gave up 15% to his sponsors, they were happy with that.  

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The Road Map

Posted By on 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 spot…………. Typical of two Cirques. 

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Another Rare Photo

Posted By on November 7, 2017

On the right Jack Badal, the far left is his father Robert Badal The center person is  Ted Gallup, a very rare photo of him. Ted perhaps is the last of the old bull men. He worked with Mac MacDonald, Cheerful Gardner and many others top elephant trainers. Ted was at the end of his career as a fine elephant handler. At the time of this photo he was living at Louie Goebels  animal compound Jungleland, Thousand Oaks, Calif., As a past time Ted made bull hooks and platted wipes, which he sold to trainers. To own one of his works was considered an honor, because of the top grad workmanship and now have become collector items.      

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Rare Photo

Posted By on October 28, 2017

This is a very rare photo of, Clyde Beatty and Courtney Riley Cooper. The photo was taken in the back of the Hagenback circus 1928. 

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Tommy

Posted By on October 28, 2017

This is Tommy a grand looking bull elephant. If I am not mistaken I think the owner was Tony Diano. In 1966 0r 67 I saw this great animal. It was indeed an adrenalin rush. 

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Pat

Posted By on October 26, 2017

I came across this photo. I may have posted it before, but in the event I didn’t here it is. Pat Anthony was a friend of mine, we worked many shows together…….. He is missed by many.

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Between Shows

Posted By on October 26, 2017

Between shows resting in the back yard is Clyde Beatty and Jane. On the far right the lady there is unknown to me, perhaps someone may ID her. This photo was taken in 1962……… Nice looking Air Stream trailer.  

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Ramar

Posted By on October 26, 2017

This Gorilla once belonged to Jack Badal. When Ramar was a youngster Jack had trained him and was successful in teaching him several tricks including hand balancing. In time Ramar just got to large for the act………… It was not that he became mean, Jack said that Ramar was very lovable and never once tried to attack. At this time Ramar resides at the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Ill. He was a donation from Jack Badal. Much to the delete of the zoo, Ramar has sired three baby’s.         

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