"The Greatest Show on Earth" comes to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum
January marked the 130th edition of the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Circus. The show has entertained and amazed children and adults
alike for a solid century.
Highlighting this year's events are the "Tiger Whisperer," the first clown
to ever execute the human cannon ball and all the elephants, flying trapeze
and loony clown acts that one can imagine.
The "Tiger Whisperer," simply known as Sarah, is a 22-year-old woman who
made her professional debut in the circus as a clown at age two. Presently,
she presents and maintains tigers named Jaipur, Gandhi, Assam, Jasmine,
Vanya, Tibet, Apollo and Tora. Sarah said she still was a little
apprehensive when performing with the tigers.
"All my senses are on alert, and even though I cuddle with them during the
act, I never forget they're tigers. Being in there alone with them, showing
the public their natural behaviors, gives me an incredible adrenaline
boost," she said.
Sarah will be with many others in the "three-ring event." John Weiss, a
clown, will be the first human "Clown 'n Ball" to be fired out of a cannon,
and there will always be the variety of clowns, animals, and stunt men to
add for an excellent treat.
Tickets for the show are on sale now for $12.75, $17.75 and $22.00 and can
be ordered by calling Tickets Unlimited at 656-4444. The circus will run
tonight through Sunday with tonight's performance beginning at 7:30.
Everyone is invited to come an hour early to meet the circus artists.
According to a press release, the performers will be happy to tell you all
about the circus, sign autographs and pose for pictures.
Circus to feature new attractions
Published: Thu Apr 06, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:12 p.m.