For over a century Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus has been among the most famous circus entities around. What began merely as a small circus has now turned into a complete entertainment behemoth that has entertained millions of fans every time it has performed. The new season is now underway and are in hot demand once again. So if you want to add some extra fun into your lives then check your schedule and watch some of the most famous performers and their animals step up to the stage live.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus trace their history to late 1800s. In 1875, P.T. Barnum was asked by the William Cameron Coup. and Dan Castello to finance a circus they has setup. It was named "P.T. Barnum's Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome." That however was not the only circus in town because James Anthony Bailey and James E. Cooper had teamed up even earlier than that to form what was known as the Cooper and Bailey Circus.
The Formation of Barnum and Bailey Circus
The two circuss were in direct competition with each other. It wasnt long before the management of the both entities decided that the competition was doing neither any good. In order to be successful they decided to merge thus forming the "Barnum and Bailey Circus."
In the meanwhile the Ringling brothers had also started a circus. They began to perform in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the country. Barnum and Bailey had new competition and they went head to head till 1906 when Bailey passed away. That left the circus in a bit of a lurch as Barnum had died in the year 1891.
The Creation of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus
With Bailey and Barnum not around anymore their circus was bought by the Ringling brothers in 1907. The new management team kept on running the two entities separately and that arrangement lasted till 1919 when the two were merged to form what is now known as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
The circus made its debut in one of the most famous cities in the world, New York. The move started to pay dividends immediately and the circus started to generate a lot of headlines for all the right reasons. As its popularity increased so did the number of attractions and performers.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus started to suffer in 1950s and 1960s and television and movies joined the fray. That is when Israel Feld and Irvin Feld were joined by Richard C. Blum and Roy Mark Hofheinz and they purchased the circus in 1967. They made wholesale changes to the what circuses were done during those days and that worked a treat as people began to see that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus offered more than just circus. It was entertainment at its best. Mattel bought the organization in 1971 but the Feld Family took its ownership back once again in 1982. That has remained the case till this day.