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Unicycles and basketball highlight Ringling Brothers circus

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation, anything can happen when Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze!

Circus performers from across the globe create the perfect blend of athleticism and bravery, where power meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds. Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance.

Celebrate the tradition and experience it's modern flare of twists and turns where excitement and suspense are so intense you'll be tempted to cover your eyes. From the blueprints to the band, the crates to the clowns, the hammer to the high wire, witness the spectacle as we measure out the perfect mix of marvel and majesty in an imagination equation where the impossible comes to life.  

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze
Through Sunday, April 28th, 2013
KFC Yum! Center
Tickets start at $15
1-800-745-3000
Thu, Apr 25 7:30PM
Fri, Apr 26 7:30PM
Sat, Apr 27 11:00AM, 3:00PM, 7:00PM
Sun, Apr 28 2:00PM

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.

King Charles Troupe

In 1918, a young boy by the name of Jerry King slipped under the tent to see "The Greatest Show on Earth." Enamored, all he recalled from that day were the elephants and the man on the high-wire riding a unicycle. In 1958, as a father who was concerned with the social events occurring within his community in South Bronx, King taught his son Charles and every kid in the neighborhood, who wanted to learn, to ride a unicycle. He started a unicycle club and laid down certain rules to follow, such as discipline, direction and Christian principals.

Ten years later, the troupe auditioned on the sidewalk outside of Madison Square Garden to audition for Ringling Brothers.  It was a success and the King Charles Troupe made its debut  in 1969 becoming the first all-black circus act in the history of Ringling Brothers.

Ringmaster Andre McClain

A ten-year journey of commitment, ambition and perseverance has paved Andre McClain's way to becoming the Ringmaster for the 143rd Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze.  In addition to being a Ringmaster, Andre McClain is an accomplished animal trainer, cowboy, rodeo star, country singer and songwriter, and above all, an admired dad. This rancher has been around horses and rodeos since he was a baby, and is a descendant from a long, distinguished African-American cowboy heritage that dates back to the early 1900's.

To find out more about Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, visit http://www.ringling.com

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