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June 1, 1990 | BOB LARAMIE/ DAILY NEWS
Why is this person (above) looking down in the mouth? Just clowning around for the young people (below) who brought their applications to the Spectrum yesterday to audition for the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Remember that clown who was always getting in trouble in school? How come teachers didn't encourage him to go to Clown College?
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June 7, 1991 | JUANA ANDERSON/ DAILY NEWS
Always wanted to be a clown? Yesterday the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, playing the Spectrum through Sunday, held auditions for its Clown College. No experience was necessary; applicants were judged on their physical reactions, sense of timing and imrovisational ability.
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June 7, 1996 | Inquirer photographs by Dirk Shadd
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.
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June 11, 1995 | Inquirer photographs by John Costello
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.
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June 13, 1986 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / J. KYLE KEENER
HOPING FOR A FUTURE IN THE CIRCUS, some local aspirants climb imaginary ladders in a clown audition with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The participants in yesterday's tryouts had hopes of gaining admission to the circus' Clown College, in Venice, Fla. The audition took place at the Spectrum, where the circus is in the middle of a two-week run.
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June 14, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MYRNA LUDWIG
They come from clown college, that's where. These hopefuls showed up at the Spectrum Friday at an audition for the college held by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Judges looked for serious motivation, quick reactions, timing and improvisational ability. Free-lancing a little pantomime (from left to right) are Philadelphians Philip Cunningham, Chris Villa (as Bubba the Clown) and Randall Lane.
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June 8, 1989 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / GERALD S. WILLIAMS
It was a three-ring, er . . . two-ring, er . . . five-ring circus yesterday at the Spectrum. In any event, there were rings within rings as Rene Coker and Ron "Toto" Johnson exchanged vows and rings in Ring Two before the afternoon show of the three-ring Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Rene and Toto met in 1985 at the circus' clown college in Venice, Fla., and they were married - in circus tradition - on the job, with Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Bernard J. Goodheart presiding.
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June 13, 1992 | BY JIM MACMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
Applicants for one of the world's most exclusive colleges descended upon the Spectrum yesterday with SAT scores in hand. That's the Slapstick Aptitude Test, for all you non-bozos out there, and these scholars hope to be accepted to Clown College. Just 50 to 60 students are annually accepted to the training school in Venice, Fla. That's where the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus offers an eight-week program to train men and women seeking a career under the big top. They learn the basics, of course: juggling, acrobatics, face painting.
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April 16, 1999 | STEVEN M. FALK/ DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 16, 1999 | by Bob Cooney, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 18, 2001 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 16, 1999 | by Bob Cooney, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 16, 1999 | STEVEN M. FALK/ DAILY NEWS
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.
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October 3, 1997 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
LIVING
June 4, 1997 | By W. Speers This article contains material from the Associated Press, Reuters, New York Post, New York Daily News, Washington Post, USA Today and Star
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1997 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 7, 1996 | Inquirer photographs by Dirk Shadd
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.
NEWS
May 31, 1996 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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June 11, 1995 | Inquirer photographs by John Costello
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.
NEWS
June 3, 1994 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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