Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2009 03:33:00 PM
FUNAMBOLIKA 2009 is the 3rd summer season of circus arts conceived by director and writer Raffaele De Ritis. It takes place in Pescara, Abruzzo (Italy) in the Teatro D’annunzio, one of Italy’s most prestigious summer arena, that in the last 57 years hosted the world’s greatest names of theatre, dance, opera and jazz.
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2009 11:53:00 AM
Here is a nice series of photos of the Cristiani - Wallace Bros. Circus in July 1963, Photos are from John Cutler, Ed Tracy, Larry Crocker, Ed Motta, Dick Schillhahn, and myself.
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2009 05:55:00 AM
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2009 05:47:00 AM
While working Auto Theft Detail, LAPD detective Joe Friday and his partner Frank Smith take a report from a man named Clarence, who identifies himself as a show owner. While en route to a carnival date in Nevada, one of his trucks was broken into in Los Angeles and some animals were either stolen or escaped. Among the missing animals is a black leopard named “Dante.” The report sets off a block-by-block search in the area where the truck break-in was believed to have occurred. Once the story hits the newspapers, the police switchboard is flooded with calls from concerned citizens. Even the Griffith Park Zoo is consulted for advice on the habits of black leopards. While the search continues in the Hollywood Hills, Friday and Smith begin to check out Clarence’s story a little closer. They eventually learn that he had been a former circus press agent who had always wanted to take out his own show. This dream became so real to him that he actually began to believe his circus existed, when in reality, there was no show, no truck and no black leopard. The search is called off and Clarence is taken down to police headquarters. Following a sanity hearing, “appropriate action was taken.”
Posted by Buckles at 6/30/2009 05:46:00 AM
Monday, June 29, 2009
Posted by Buckles at 6/29/2009 04:14:00 PM
Sunday, June 28, 2009
"My daughter Dalilah was by this morning and mentioned that she had seen the Soleil opening performance at the Forum in Tampa, courtesy of former Big Apple cast member, James Clowney.
Posted by Buckles at 6/28/2009 11:46:00 AM
Ringling_Barnum_TERRELL_JACOBS_-_One_Sheet_Flat_(1938), originally uploaded by bucklesw1.
From Chris Berry
Posted by Buckles at 6/28/2009 06:13:00 AM
Saturday, June 27, 2009
A new e-Book about the elephants that crossed America for the last two hundred years is now available online at http://www.thecircusworld.com/americas-elephants
Bob Cline has been a circus performer and animal person who owned his own tiger act. Now a Circus Historian, who has written a couple articles published in the Circus Historical Society's Bandwagon and the Carnival Midway, his book is written for the general public to easily understand .
The first elephants to come to America begin to tell a story woven with a description of biological differences between the species, what elephants can and will eat, William P. Hall's farm, Circus Days, Tragedies that befell the elephants, the White Elephants, Jumbo, Zoos, Breeding and Conservation, an entire Chapter dedicated to the great professionals who gave their lives to caring for these magnificent animals and the Circus Organizations and Museums in America.
Enjoy the Amazing Stories of America's Elephants!
Posted by Buckles at 6/27/2009 08:46:00 AM
Your NCPS FUND Contribution is tax deductable
Supports new "Save the Circus" program
by Vern Mendonca & Gary C. Payne
At the Las Vegas Convention, the CFA Board of Directors approved a proposal by Gary Payne to begin a program called "Save the Circus". The program would be started with seed money from the NCPS (National Circus Preservation Society) Fund of our Circus Fans Association. It will immediately purchase two 8' high banners which promote membership and identify our club. The CFA logo, our website and the message "Join Circus Fans Here" will be prominently displayed. Large 3" round buttons with the message "Save the Circus" catch attention. The buttons will be available at nominal cost to you. The banners will be loaned to individuals, Tents, or Tops.
The slogan "Save the Circus" has proven itself as an urgent attention getting message! These materials will identify and promote multiple messages on behalf of our membership and pro-circus pro-performing animal campaigns.
Before leaving Las Vegas, Gary was approached with pledges for an additional 4 banners, by three individual CFA members, and one CFA Top. Many asked how they could contribute to this ongoing effort. Here is how:
The NCPS fund is an effective way for a Circus Fan to contribute a few dollars (tax deductible) that will actually help to Save the Circus.
To contribute: Mail your check to CFA Secretary Cheryl Deptula
2704 Marshall Ave.
Lorain, OH 44052
Payable to: National Circus Preservation Society
On the memo line: Write in "Save the Circus"
Posted by Buckles at 6/27/2009 05:54:00 AM
FROM DON CURTIS- Bob Childress presents his 3 tiger act on the midway and Louis Posso also performs on the big wheel following the main performance
Posted by Buckles at 6/27/2009 05:51:00 AM
Louis and Aurea Posso, hand balancing and big wheel-Lewis and Clark, 2009, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.
Posted by Buckles at 6/27/2009 05:50:00 AM
Jose Ayala, silks and rola bola, Elizabeth Ayala, lyre-Lewis and Clark, 2009, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.
Posted by Buckles at 6/27/2009 05:49:00 AM
Karen DeChant, show schoolteacher and ticket taker-Lewis and Clark, 2008, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.
Posted by Buckles at 6/27/2009 05:47:00 AM
Floyd Carter, light and sound operator, show mechanic-Lewis and Clark, 2009 (2), originally uploaded by bucklesw1.
Posted by Buckles at 6/27/2009 05:47:00 AM
Friday, June 26, 2009
Michael Jackson was a frequent visitor to attractions in the Central Florida area. Here he is with Monica and George Bertini, (brother and sister) teenage unicyclists at Circus World in the early mid 80's. Photo from Circus World archives.
Posted by Buckles at 6/26/2009 08:14:00 AM
In 1972, the Polack show played San Diego’s historic old Balboa Stadium on behalf of the local Shrine. There was no live band, and the acts worked to music that had been taped at an earlier performance.
Posted by Buckles at 6/26/2009 05:34:00 AM