It was one year ago today the Greatest Show on Earth folded up their tent, metaphorically speaking, after 146 years, and my heart is still broken. My darling girlfriend and I were privileged to be among the sold out crowd at the Nassau Coliseum who came out to Long Island to enjoy and celebrate the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus one last time. Here we are on the first anniversary, and I still cannot believe they’re gone. The very thought brings tears to my eyes.
From the moment I saw my first circus at age two and spanning 30 years later, I reveled in the astonishment and wonder Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey brought with them to town, and longed to run away with the circus. Working for the Greatest Show on Earth has always been a dream of mine, and knowing that dream can never come true is lamentable. If I thought of it once, the thought must have crossed my mind a thousand times—going so far as to audition for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and filling out applications to work concessions more than a few times. Although I didn’t pass the audition, over these years I got a lot better. From that day on, I’ve kept my audition number in my juggling prop bag as motivation and something to strive towards.
I keep thinking back to the final moments of the final performance. In the stairwell we watched the ringmaster leave the floor of the arena. Just as he disappeared from view, in my darling girlfriend’s embrace I broke down and cried. We both did. The the moment I dreaded, the show came to an end—not just the end of a performance, but the end of an era. The curtain had, after 146 years, come down on the Greatest Show on Earth. With tears streaming down my face, I thought of the last line of DeMille’s Academy Award winning movie, the Greatest Show on Earth, and how appropriate it was now: "You can shake the sawdust off your feet, but you can't shake it outta your heart." Although this certainly was the an of an era—the pinnacle of the great American circus has ended—circus as an art form continues.
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One year ago, with many tears and broken hearts, my love and I made a sudden trip to New York. We found last-minute tickets to a show we didn’t think we’d see. After a day at Coney Island to brighten our spirits, we said goodbye to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth. Through tears and lumps in our throats we watched each performer fly, contort, juggle, and clown. More than anything my heart tore for my love as he mourned his greatest dream. 💔🎪🤹🏻♂️🤡
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