American Circus Ringling Bros. stops after 146 years

American Circus Ringling Bros. stops after 146 years

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The world-famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stops after 146 years.

The declining numbers of visitors force the circus to stop, that is to be read in a statement of owner Kenneth Feld, on the website of the American circus.

On 21 may will be the tour of the travelling circus to end in Uniondale, New York. There is the last show.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which itself presents as ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ is one of the most famous circuses in the world.


The circus began in 1841 as the museum of showman Phineas Taylor Barnum, who also travelled with his collection of oddities and animals. In 1907 he went to the circus together with that of the five acrobatic brothers Ringling, once the major competitor.

Biggest reason to stop is disappointing ticket sales. After a long struggle with animal rights activism, it stopped for Ringling Bros. previous years with elephants. The ticket sales then took drastically reduced.

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