Spectaculars - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Spectaculars Circus of life: Dreams take flight amid urban blight TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A group of would-be circus performers in New Jersey's capital city are using unicycles, acrobatics and spinning plates to bridge the divide between poverty and privilege. The Trenton Circus Squad brings kids ages 12-17 from both the struggling city and its wealthier suburbs together, using circus skills to give them a sense of belonging and a belief in t... Wed, 03 May 2017 08:53:00 GMT 2017-05-03T08:53:00Z Circus lionized for cutting animal acts will bring them back BOSTON (AP) — A circus is under fire for bringing back animal acts a year after earning praise from animal rights groups for dropping them to keep up with changing public attitudes. The Melha Shrine Circus, which has seven performances over four days scheduled for May in western Massachusetts, brought back performing elephants, tigers and dogs because that's what people want... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:02:00 GMT 2017-02-21T06:02:00Z The Big Apple Circus to leave bankruptcy under new ownership NEW YORK (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus may be shuttering, but Big Apple Circus has managed to cartwheel itself out of bankruptcy. A judge on Tuesday approved a deal that would save the circus by selling its tents, equipment and intellectual property to Big Top Works, an affiliate of the Florida-based investment firm Compass Partners LLC. Compass was the pr... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:04:00 GMT 2017-02-14T19:04:00Z Wallenda says 'Never Give Up' after 5 tightrope walkers hurt MIAMI (AP) — Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda promised Thursday that his show would go on, despite a high-wire accident that sent five performers tumbling 30 feet to the ground. Wallenda said doctors told him it's a miracle the five performers escaped more serious injuries. During a news conference in Sarasota on Thursday morning, Wallenda... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:12:00 GMT 2017-02-09T18:12:00Z The Latest: Wallenda: Performer may have fainted before fall ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a high wire accident involving the famed Flying Wallenda circus family (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Nik Wallenda says he believes someone on his high-wire pyramid act may have briefly blacked out during a practice, sending five people tumbling some 30 feet to the ground. The ... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:53:00 GMT 2017-02-09T16:53:00Z Final Ringling Bros. show at Nassau Coliseum sells out UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey say the iconic traveling circus' final show at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island is sold out. An announcement was made last week that the "Greatest Show on Earth" would be shutting down this spring after touring for nearly 150 years. The circus will... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:09:00 GMT 2017-01-18T13:09:00Z The Big Apple Circus puts its assets up for auction NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Apple Circus is up for sale. The one-ring circus filed for bankruptcy in November and is now putting its assets up for auction. Buyers can put in bids by a Feb. 3 deadline. The court-ordered auction is expected to be held Feb. 7. The circus said its debts amounted to $8.3 million, against assets of $3.8 million, ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:15:00 GMT 2017-01-16T16:15:00Z What happens between now and Ringling's closure in May? ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — The owners of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Saturday that they will close the 146-year-old show in May. Kenneth Feld, the chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, said declining attendance combined with high operating costs are the reasons for closing. Here's where things ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:30:00 GMT 2017-01-15T07:30:00Z The big top comes down: Ringling Bros. circus is closing ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high op... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:24:00 GMT 2017-01-15T07:24:00Z Ringling's evolution, from freak shows to the big top ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — From New York to Wisconsin to London and beyond, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has performed for millions of fans during its 146-year reign as one of the world's biggest big tops. The show, which is closing down permanently because of declining ticket sales, has its roots in a spectacle that began two decades before t... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:09:00 GMT 2017-01-15T07:09:00Z APNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high op... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 04:52:00 GMT 2017-01-15T04:52:00Z The Latest: Animal rights groups applaud Ringling Bros. ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the announcement that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is closing after 146 years (all times local): 11:03 p.m. Animal rights groups wasted no time in weighing in on the announcement that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus is closing in May. In a statement ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 04:18:00 GMT 2017-01-15T04:18:00Z Mexicans seek loved ones, answers in deadly fireworks blast TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Relatives of workers at a fireworks market flattened by a deadly chain-reaction explosion searched hospitals for loved ones Wednesday as attention focused on apparent lax security that allowed vendors to display their dangerous wares in the passageways between stalls. Late Wednesday, the state of Mexico, where the San Pablito Marke... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:16:00 GMT 2016-12-22T03:16:00Z Ringling picks 1st female ringmaster in 146-year history ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has its first female ringmaster. Feld Entertainment Inc. is the parent company of the Florida-based circus. The company said in a statement Wednesday that Michelle Wilson will be the first-ever female ringmaster in its 146-year history. Wilson starts her new role next m... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:19:00 GMT 2016-12-14T21:19:00Z Cirque du Soleil cancels shows after fatal accident SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cirque du Soleil "Luzia" has canceled its San Francisco shows through Friday and hired psychologists to counsel cast and crew members in the wake of an accident that killed a technician earlier this week, officials said Thursday. But the show in town for another eight weeks will go on. Cirque du Soleil Chief Executive Officer Daniel L... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:22:00 GMT 2016-12-01T20:22:00Z The Latest: Son of a Cirque du Soleil founder killed on set SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the death at the Cirque du Soleil show in San Francisco (all times local): 1:26 p.m. Officials say a technician with the Cirque du Soleil "Luzia" show who died after being hit in the head by an aerial lift Tuesday is the son of one of the founders of the show. In a statement from Cir... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:38:00 GMT 2016-11-30T21:38:00Z Cirque du Soleil "Luzia" employee dies in San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An employee with the Cirque du Soleil "Luzia" show died after being injured Tuesday night in what was termed an "industrial accident," San Francisco police said. Officer Carlos Manfredi confirmed the death, and Cirque du Soleil said in a later statement that the fatal injury occurred during the "pre-set of the show." ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:28:00 GMT 2016-11-30T09:28:00Z