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Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey Circus

The Clown Who Stumbled Into Grace

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.31.2017 | Religion
Johnathan Lee Iverson

It was 2009 when Sister Dorothy Fabritze entered the office of Father Frank Cancro's parish in Charlotte, NC. She was there to petition funds on behal...

The Changing Business of Animal Exploitation

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.19.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

However, these changes don't happen without the efforts of committed and compassionate citizens across the country. Their voices--when raised in unison, with authority, and with fearlessness--can effect change most significantly.

'Greatest Show On Earth' Shutting Down After 146 Years

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 01.15.2017 | Entertainment

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is permanently closing “The Greatest Show on Earth” in May after 146 years entertaining millions of Amer...

Elephant Memories: A Childhood Lost, And Found - At The Circus

Sandi Bachom | Posted 08.22.2016 | Entertainment
Sandi Bachom

The falsehoods being perpetrated against the animal enterprise industry is unconscionable. This is about animal welfare, people who know everything about animals, defending themselves against those who know nothing.

Alana Feld Launches Ringling Bros. Into A Bold New Era

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 07.13.2016 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"Nothing is comparable to the experience that is Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®," says producer, Alana Feld. For the third- generation executive...

Ringling Brothers Took It Out of This World

Bailey Gaddis | Posted 06.25.2016 | Entertainment
Bailey Gaddis

Holy acrobats-light show-unicycles y'all- Ringling Brothers brought it. And now, they're bringing it to you. "It" being their new show, Out of This Wo...

When Your Child Steps Into Your Shoes

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 06.18.2016 | Parents
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Three years after I married my wonderful wife, our beloved son was born. He had me at the sonogram. He was merely a centimeter when we first saw him, ...

Is This The Final Curtain For The Big Apple Circus?

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 06.13.2016 | New York
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"For me, founding Big Apple Circus was an act of love," says the legendary Paul Binder. For founders Michael Christensen and Paul Binder, that love be...

The Show Will Go On

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.12.2016 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

We know change is the only constant in life, and yet we are always rattled to some degree when it arrives. Ease and familiarity is what we crave most,...

Ringling Retiring Elephants Is Not Enough, Animal Advocates Say

Reuters | Hilary Hanson | Posted 04.30.2016 | Green

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elephants take a final bow at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, ending a 145-year spectacle that delighted fans...

Megan O'Malley: Her Space in a Piece of History

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 04.01.2017 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

When Megan O'Malley got the call to join the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® band, she was concerned. "Initially I was apprehensive," she says. "The trombonist before me was also a woman."

This Is Why You Shouldn't Go To The Circus

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.31.2016 | Green

This is the depressing truth behind the greatest show on Earth....

Bernice Collins Is Not In Kansas Anymore

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.30.2017 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

With her beloved Kansas in her heart and sawdust in her veins, Bernice continues to enjoy a thriving career in the world of the circus, her own land of Oz; she has also presided as Company Manager at Big Apple Circus and is currently working with Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity in Las Vegas, NV.

From Showgirl to Ringmaster and Everything in Between: The Amazing Vanessa Thomas

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.29.2017 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"It was only going to be a year," said Vanessa Thomas about her intentions upon joining the cast of The Greatest Show On Earth®. I said the exact sam...

It Doesn't Take More than a Mini-Brain

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 03.22.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

What a strange time we live in. I know I'm having a peaceful moment when I can actually find the time to read the paper. And, I recently came across an article that I literally had to read twice because I couldn't believe my eyes.

Who Can Help Nosey?

Kim Basinger | Posted 03.19.2017 | Impact
Kim Basinger

An elephant by the name of Nosey has become quite a symbol of so much that has gone awry with our society and our governing agencies. This is just one single case of pure injustice that has gotten lost in the system.

Christina Cantlin Is Grounded...For Now

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.16.2017 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"I'm still accepting my new life," says Christina Cantlin with an easy smile. It is an experience I know of all too well. During my hiatus away from T...

The Art Of Kissing Big Cats

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 02.12.2017 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

It is clear to anyone who has been privileged to see Alexander and his big cats at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, either during the show or at one of our many Animal Scout Clinics that their rapport is one of mutual respect.

The Redemption of Cinqué

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 02.01.2017 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The name a person is given often reflects the hopes of those who bestow it upon the one who has been deemed as such. At Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, cast and crew alike know Cinqué as "Q."

A Long-awaited Victory for Circus Elephants

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.13.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The industrial exploitation of wild animals across a suite of different forms of intensive captivity is heart-breaking and cruel. But with the conviction of an ever-growing legion of compassionate citizens, change is coming.

From The Dumpster Back To The Big Top

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.08.2017 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The first thing anyone ever notices about Jenny Vidbel is her smile. It's the purest smile I've ever seen. It emanates from a soul steeped in genuine gratitude, abundant joy and love for her craft.

How Sjana Venson Juggles Her Passions

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 09.02.2016 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

She was grinning from ear to ear. Her honey-brown complexion was beaming like the noon-day sun in the middle of a Texas summer. Her gait was a gleeful bounce -- the kind most kids have around December 24th when they know exactly what Santa brought them this year.

Cantaleta: Cuba's Funniest Import

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 08.25.2016 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Clowning is a compulsion. The pull of clowning is inescapable. So it was for Joan Fernández Cabrera. "I feel a little magic," is how Joan Fernández Cabrera describes his transformation into his clown alter ego, Cantaleta -- a hyperactive blend of mischief, athleticism and a hapless romantic.

Circus and the Healing Balm of Laughter

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 08.14.2016 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

As I tour the country, I often have the opportunity to visit children in the hospital as part of the community outreach efforts of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. These hospital visits always serve to remind me to be thankful for my physical health.

Bringing the Greatest Show on Earth to Our Heroes

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 07.17.2016 | 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, television ...