The Ballyhoo Vol. I, No. 5

 

On the Cover:

Alexander Lacey and the sole male lion in his act currently on view in Dragons, Ringling’s Blue Unit.  A return visit reveals that the act continues to develop, making the male the new star.  Photo by Maike Schulz.

Editor’s Fanfare:

Is there any human activity involving international interaction that is entirely free of politics?  The International Federation of Circus certainly hopes so.  Its efforts to keep itself non-political, however,  may be tested by the controversies that swirl around its newest member.

FYI:

Both Cirques are on the move, as is Lu Yi and the creative geniuses in Hollywood.  Nik Wallenda is stalled.

Feature:

One tends to think of both the east and west coasts as being the country’s centers of professional training in the circus arts.  But there is also a very vibrant and growing center in a cozy corner of bucolic Vermont.

The Passing Spectacle:

Feld Entertainment keeps us busy with lots to see at this time of year, and Cole Bros. makes its annual visit to a lot just four miles up the road.