Sunday, May 21, 2017

Culture: The Greatest Big Top Comes Down for the last time

those who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, are no doubt grieving along with performers as the legendary showpiece shuts down for good 

Its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members.

When the circus closes, lead clown Eke hopes to get a job as a "flair" bartender there, doing tricks like juggling bottles, but he wonders how life will change. "My normal life is this. My normal life is going on the train, going every week to a different city. It's crazy how much I love circus," Eke says.

One of his earliest memories is of an elephant comforting him, stretching its trunk through his trailer window, while he lay recovering from an illness. Eke's Hungarian parents were performing at the time at a circus in Sweden, and Eke was just a toddler. .

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