| May 16, 2014
| 1:20 PM
Let's begin with the obvious, and most pressing, question: How in the name of Jumbo the Elephant (he's real — look it up) did a south-central Wisconsin town of 12,000 become the circus capital of the world?
It all goes back to five brothers...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 11:42 AM
Elephant trainers in traveling circuses will be banned from using bullhooks and other tools “designed to inflict pain” while in Los Angeles under new rules that the City Council approved Wednesday.
Animal rights activists argue that...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 11:26 AM
Don't bother sending in the clowns: They're already here.
More than 175 clowns are expected in Orlando this week for the annual Clowns of America International convention.
See the video: Clowns abound in Orlando at clown convention
Now in its 29th...
| May 4, 2014
| 11:56 AM
A scaffolding collapsed during a circus performance in Rhode Island on Sunday, injuring as many as 20 performers, nine of them critically, the Providence Fire Department said.
The incident happened around noon during an aerial performance by the...
| May 4, 2014
| 1:15 PM
Nine circus performers were injured after plummeting to the ground while performing an aerial stunt at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show in Providence, R.I., on Sunday, officials said.
Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said the...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 8:27 PM
As the old song goes, "He floats through the air with the greatest of ease / the daring young man on the flying trapeze."
A daring young man or woman who grips the bar for the first time may not float with the greatest of ease just yet. But that's where...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Monster trucks, wild animals and figure skaters draw millions to Feld Entertainment's live traveling shows each year. But some of that magic comes from an unlikely arena — an industrial complex in Jessup.
Thousands of stuffed toys, flashing light...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
The Puritans just didn't have much fun.
Until late in the 18th century, there wasn't much in the way of public entertainment for The Hartford Courant to cover, and certainly nothing in the way of theater.
Oh, there was the time just before the...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 7:51 AM
While it might sound like a joke, Clowns of America International says a national clown shortage is no laughing matter.
The Florida-based organization is the country's largest trade organization for clowns. Clowns of America International President...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:22 AM
When Dave Fry wanders with his guitar onto the Holy Infancy School playground in South Bethlehem, a crowd of children quickly gathers. “I’m like the Pied Piper,” he jokes. As Fry, who lives in South Bethlehem as well, starts playing...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 2:47 PM
Elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus visited a Baltimore staple Wednesday for a mid-circus snack.
In town for performances at the Baltimore Arena since March 26 through April 6, the elephants visited the Lexington Market for a...