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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Clyde Beatty

Posted By on October 23, 2017

            I believe there are three other movies that Beatty starred in. These episodes       were call cliff hangers. Just when it got exciting it ended and in graphics would say  see the next episode  

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The Movie Lost Jungle

Posted By on October 23, 2017

In Clyde Beatty’s career another aspect of show business took over, the movie business.Being a circus performer was put in second place, not that it ended, it’s just that the motion picture studio kept him busy. If you saw any of his movies you would have to admit that Clyde did a pretty good job as an actor. 

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Clyde Beatty

Posted By on October 9, 2017

Beatty raised his own Tigers and Lions. He bred stock at his compound so he never was in need for great looking animals that he broke into his act. It is obvious  in this photo that Clyde was proud of his cats.  Clyde Beatty was not the only one that bred their own cats however.

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