Barranco #2

Posted By on March 17, 2012

This is a rare photo of a trainer being taken down by one of his cats. This European trainer was a little over confident and this is how mistakes are made…. and  the out come is injury or death.  In this case he got lucky with only injuries. The lion is stalled across the top of him, the only part of him seen is his forehead and bridge of his nose.

Thank you Juan for your comment. Most informative.

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Barranco #3

Posted By on March 17, 2012

As I was told,  ropes were thrown into the arena to confuse the lion and perhaps Barranco could take hold or roll into it and be pulled to the side door where they could be of more help. Luckily the cat was prodded off giving the cage men a chance to remove Barranco from the arena. His left arm was practically severed off from his shoulder.

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Barranco #4

Posted By on March 17, 2012

In the hospital Barranco admitted his mistakes. He believed that because of a new costume change the cat did not recognize him as well as him pushing the routine little to hard. I do not know what part of Europe Barranco came from nor his full name. He most likely is Italian or Spanish. I am sure someone will make a comment. Here are some words of wisdom from from a great cat trainer. Clyde Beatty, said and wrote that. “Caution Was His Middle Name.”

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The Millionaire Clown #1

Posted By on March 12, 2012

George Hartzell was known as the “Millionaire Clown”. The following photos and articles on him will explain a little more. The photos of George Hartzell were sent to me by his great granddaughter, Donna Wally Wilbur.

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The Milllionaire Clown #2

Posted By on March 12, 2012

This bottom portion here is an email from Donna Wally Wilbur explaining the self proclaimed millionaire clown.

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The Millionaire Clown #3

Posted By on March 12, 2012

When I received these photos from Donna Wally Wilbur it put me to thinking that this man could be related to Glen”Bones”Hartzell, who was a well known circus clown and had worked for all the major circuses in the early 1900’s, including Ringling Bros. In order to get a better handle on this I emailed Randall Hartzell, grandson of Glen”Bones”Hartzell and sent him what info I had on George Hartzell. Later Randall got back to me with his research and said that there were two Hartzell clowns working in the business around the same time but he thought they were not family related. So….. what I am hoping for now is more information on the “Millionaire Clown”.

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The Millionaire Clown #4

Posted By on March 12, 2012

Sorry for the condition of the print in this news ad. This is the way it was sent. My photo shop cleared up most of it. Maybe Donna Wally Wilbur can email a better scan.

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The Millionaire Clown #5

Posted By on March 12, 2012

George Hartzell is on the passenger side of the car. The other clown members names are unknown to me. Photo was taken on the Ringling show in the late 1920’s or early 30’s….. actual year unknown to me.

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The Ringling Bros Coliseum #6

Posted By on March 12, 2012

I have no date on this photo,nor the names of these clowns. NEED YOUR HELP.

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Clyde Beatty 1937 #1

Posted By on March 12, 2012

The following 9 photos are of Clyde Beatty rehearsing his cat act at winter quarters in Rochester, Indiana. As you can see there was a small crowd of spectators, which were always permitted to enjoy the show. These photos were shot by Pete Mardo in 1937 and were given to the circus blog by my friend Bob Cline.

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