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Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey Circus

Bringing the Greatest Show on Earth to Our Heroes

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

My first experience with the USO was during my brief hiatus from The Greatest Show On Earth. I was embarking on a career in theater, film, televisi...

Love at First Flight: The Story of Ammed and Estefani Tuniziani

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Of all the many trapeze artists I've had the pleasure to present, not a single one ever considered such a career in flight as a plan B or something to hold them over until their real dream kicked in. The trapeze is either for you or it is not.

A Little Person's Antidote to Bullying

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Imagine there's nowhere you can go where you are not the curiosity that tempts roving eyes and odd glances. Imagine that your very presence evokes a profile in the imagination of others, which instinctively limits who and what you are.

The Circus Wonder Woman

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Adrielle Alves had a secret. A secret she'd been clinging to since joining Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey approximately four years earlier. Initially, she was hired to perform alongside the featured flying trapeze ensemble.

Jerry's Gift: The Art and Passion of a Circus Super Fan

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The arts cast a peculiar spell. Relationships are forged and avenues are explored that likely would have never been considered. For some time, Jerry was simply a character, a fun-loving fan of The Greatest Show On Earth whose presence and kindness was much appreciated.

A Bittersweet Day for the Circus

Cherylyn Harley LeBon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Cherylyn Harley LeBon

We know the animal rights groups will not miss the elephants in the circus, but our family will miss them. Perhaps a trip to a certain elephant conservation center in Florida is in our future.

Elephants Hit the Bricks

Michael Levin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Comedy
Michael Levin

"I'm an elephant." "I can see that." "I just got notice I'll be out of work."

Human Cannonball Straps On A GoPro, Makes Us Hold On For Dear Life

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.09.2015 | Weird News

Don't want to get launched from a cannon for a living? We totally understand. But human cannonball Gemma Kirby is here to show us what it's like...

Ringling Bros. Circus vs. SeaWorld: One Will Survive, the Other Will Not

Kenneth Lerer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Kenneth Lerer

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Thursday that it will phase out the use of elephants in its circuses. Why? Because it knew that if it didn't do the "right" thing, it would be the end of its business.

The Old Man, The Impresario and the Making of a Circus Icon

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Much like the great Sammy Davis, Jr., the unicycle ensemble from the South Bronx beat the naysayers and racists, as well as the pitfalls of their neighborhood with their talent. They achieved this while breaking down barriers and leaving a smooth trail of unicycle tracks for others, like myself, to follow.

A Brooklyn Clown Is Living His Dream

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Every clown has a story about when they knew they wanted to be a clown. Perhaps it was that first trip to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, or an insatiable desire to affect others through laughter.

Rare Photos Of What The Circus Looked Like Nearly A Century Ago

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.09.2015 | Arts

The circus has always been a space rife with visual splendor. Long before a certain FX anthology series brought "freak shows" into the pop culture con...

The High-Flying Adventures of Kristin Finley

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 04.02.2015 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"My father would be rolling over in his grave if he knew I gave up a secure, well-paying job to start a circus career." Most parents mean well. They sincerely want the best for their children. Unfortunately, that often means the best as they see it.

The Wonder Working Power of the Circus Arts

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Such is the wonder and working power of Arts Education. Give a child the Arts and you give them access to a world far beyond anything they've ever known.

Those Fabulous Animals

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I learned two things upon joining The Greatest Show On Earth over 15 years ago. 1) Top billing belongs to the four-legged mammals and 2) circus at its purest is a celebration of living things at their utmost.

The Show Must Go on

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Fear, heaviness and doubt were eviscerated by the onslaught of courage and joy it takes to fly, to dare, to soar, to be circus; and maybe, just maybe that inspired performance reached that someone in the shadows who we'll likely never meet. Hence, the show must go on.

Prayers for Ringling Circus Aerialists

Lee-En Chung | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Lee-En Chung

Next time you take your kids, grandchildren or even your parents to the circus, please keep in mind that the artistry can be spectacular, the acts can be death-defying, and the show must go on.

If You Think Clowns Are Creepy, Don't Look At This

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts

Family entertainment sure has come a long way since the heyday of traveling circuses in the United States. For example, check out this collection o...

LOOK: The Greatest Show On Earth

Posted 03.23.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The greatest show on earth has arrived in the Verizon Center. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus began their weekend run of "DRAG...

Edie Falco's Latest Role: Circus Protester

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green

If elephants were her patients, the "Nurse Jackie" star would take them out of the circus. In a new ad for PETA, actress Edie Falco urges parents t...

LOOK: Elephants Walking Through Downtown D.C.

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 03.12.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Elephants on parade! The annual tradition of actual elephants in an actual parade comes to D.C. next Tuesday night. Children of all ...

City Moves To Ban Circus Elephants

Los Angeles Daily News | Dana Bartholomew | Posted 01.23.2013 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles took a step this week to potentially ban elephants at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and other traveling circus shows. The cit...

WATCH: World's Largest Cream Pie Fight

The Huffington Post | Kyle McGovern | Posted 08.03.2012 | Weird News

More than 700 people creamed their pants in Dallas, Texas on July 31 and set a Guinness World Record. At AT&T Plaza in front of the American Airlin...

Kathleen Miles

Throngs In LA Will Protest THIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 07.11.2012 | Los Angeles

Families going to the circus in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday will have to walk past throngs of protesters, some with graphic photos of alleged anima...

Weekend To-Do Guide: St. Patrick's Day Events Galore

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 03.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It's St. Patrick's Day this weekend, but that doesn't mean the only things to do involve beer and the color green. Non-alcoholic even...