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The ac­ro­bats of the sto­ried Rin­gling Bros and Bar­num & Bai­ley Cir­cus take their fi­nal bow at an arena out­side New York with a space-themed bal­anc­ing act kick­ing off the farewell per­for­mance of the ‘Great­est Show on Earth’ af­ter nearly 150 years. The show caps a legacy that stretches back to 19th cen­tury show­man P.T. Bar­num, with the cir­cus bid­ding adieu at a se­ries of shows at the newly re­fur­bished Nas­sau Col­i­seum in Uniondale on New York’s Long Is­land. The fi­nale comes a year af­ter the com­pany bowed to pres­sure from an­i­mal rights ac­tivists and agreed to stop us­ing ele­phants in its per­for­mances. A fea­tured at­trac­tion for more than a cen­tury, the ele­phants has come to sym­bol­ise the Rin­gling Bros brand.


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