Thunderous applause, tears as the ‘greatest show on Earth’ takes a final bow


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus took a final, bittersweet bow
Sunday, staging its last three shows here after 146 years of entertaining
American audiences with gravity-defying trapeze stunts, comically clumsy
clowns and trained tigers.

“Farewell, from the Greatest Show on Earth!” ringmaster Johnathan Lee
Iverson, an 18-year veteran of the show and the first African American to
hold the job, told each packed audience, offering one of the few signs that
the circus was coming to a close. Yet many spectators said they came
precisely because it was the last chance to witness a spectacle that once
felt as if it might be around forever – until changing times and mores
proved more powerful.

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