Circus people in America have not enjoyed these past four months.
The bad news began in November when the Big Apple Circus, a beloved and mission-centered American circus known for its dedication to children living in poverty, filed for bankruptcy. The Big Apple — which pitched its tent every year by New York’s Lincoln Center — had been around for 40 years.
In January, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced its imminent closure — after 146 years on the road — with its owners saying that the operation no longer was financially viable. That meant the loss of the marquee traditional circus in North America, and all the jobs and visibility there associated.
And then, worst of all, on Feb. 8, the legendary Wallenda family — the living embodiment of what circus means in America and a circus family of preternatural dedication with roots stretching back into the 18th century — had a terrible accident in Sarasota, Fla.
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