April 18, 2001 |
He's performed on a trapeze dangling from a helicopter and traversed a wire strung across a gorge. As the star of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, daredevil clown extraordinaire Bello Nock does a handstand on an elephant, sails high into the air on a trampoline, and perches atop a swaying 73-foot-tall steel pole. Even his hair mocks gravity. A vivid orange, it soars seven inches straight up. In an interview in his Madison Square Garden dressing room last week after an afternoon performance in New York, the muscular, pale-as-milk Nock revealed the secret of his aerodynamic do: Rave hairspray - two cans a week.
April 16, 1999 |
After graduating from Wynnewood's Friends Central High School in 1995, Andrew Scharff went on to a college that was "pretty intense and very structured. The days were long and tiring. " Not surprising. Many find college to be exactly that. But when Scharff informs people what college he attended, it's easy to see why they are doubtful about his scholastic tribulations. Scharff is a graduate of Clown College, and is now a clown with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, playing at the First Union Spectrum through April 25. "About midway through my senior year of high school, I knew that I didn't want to go to the traditional four-year college," said the 21-year-old from his Wynnewood home.
April 16, 1999 |
In the center ring, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson casts a giant shadow - and a booming voice - over the Big Top proceedings. Wynnewood's favorite clown, Andrew Scharff, shows off the makeup techniques he learned in "Clown College" (bottom left. Asia the elephant gives a look at what he packs in his trunk (top left). Mark Oliver Gebel's beautiful Bengal tigers show their stripes (top). Acrobat Wilson DOminguez goes airborne on the "WHeel of Wonder" - two tons of spinning steel.
October 3, 1997 |
Nathaniel Litt, 65, who during his lifetime was an architect, a circus clown, a magician, a chef, a jam-maker and a tea-shop owner, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his home in Queen Village. For Mr. Litt, changing careers seemed about as easy as changing his socks. If he got interested in something, why, he simply did it. That attitude apparently began after he was seriously injured in an auto accident in 1969. On the way to the hospital, he realized that he might die before he had been a circus clown - a lifelong dream that he had deferred because his mother wanted him to be an architect.
June 4, 1997 |
Honolulu cops are looking into reports that Bobby Brown slapped Whitney Houston in a shopping mall Sunday. Witnesses say they saw Brown get out of a limo with a beer in hand, then slap his wife as she was getting out. They said Houston, who performed last week at Aloha Stadium, screamed for help as the couple argued for about 10 minutes before taking off in the limo. "It looked like somebody - probably her - was trying to get out of the limousine and she was either pulled back or yanked back," said a witness.
May 23, 1997 |
As many years as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been coming to town, you might think it would run out of ideas. Well, there's a shtick born every minute. This year's edition of the circus, coming to the CoreStates Center for 22 performances from Wednesday through June 8, features Zusha, Queen of the Nile. Not Xuxa, the nubile kiddie-show host who's a favorite of toddlers and daddies alike, but Zusha, the hippo. The circus points out that Zusha weighs 3,710 pounds and eats 100 pounds of food a day to maintain that 10 1/2-foot waist.
June 7, 1996 |
Men and women with a desire to run away with the "Greatest Show on Earth" got their opportunity yesterday. Clown candidates will travel to Clown College for training. All clowns in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus are graduates. Auditions for female dancers also were being taken yesterday by the circus, which will appear through Sunday.
May 31, 1996 |
RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS. CoreStates Spectrum, Broad Street & Pattison Avenue. Through Sunday, June 9. Call for exact show times. Tickets: $9.50-$16.50; group rates available. Info: 215-336-2000. When she's not spoiling her grandchildren rotten, the average grandmother usually spends her time gardening, baking, volunteering, shopping, doing "church work," or other grandmotherly things. Not Gloria Wilkinson. She hangs out with a bunch of clowns. Wardrobe mistress for the Ringling Bros.
June 11, 1995 |
For 2,000 to 3,000 people, a chance to go to clown college meant it was time to get seriously silly. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus held tryouts Thursday at the Spectrum. Only about 30 spots are open for the summer training program. Of those who graduate, maybe one to 12 will get contracts with the circus.
June 3, 1994 |
Not everybody goes from the shadow of death to the limelight of center ring. But that's what happened to "second chancers" like Charlie, Chico, Amos, Daphne and Jason. Gummer, too. Gummer was a "close guy. " Had less than 24 hours before the fat lady sang. But there he was last night, doing tricks in the center ring with the rest of the brood on opening night of the Greatest Show On Earth at the Spectrum. They had one thing in common, too. And it wasn't just doing tricks.