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Children of All Ages

Similar to an actual three-ringed circus, this documentary by Scott Galloway juggles three distinctly different aspects of circus life:

Ring One: Oldest Youth Circus
Sailor Circus is America’s longest-running circus featuring the talents of children ages eight to eighteen. These young performers train and perform in the circus arts beneath a three-ring-sized tent. Over 10,000 children have graduated from the Sailor Circus program and almost all of them have worked directly with former circus professionals who volunteer as coaches.

Ring Two: Largest miniature circus
Howard Tibbals has spent more than 50 years building the world’s LARGEST miniature circus. It is an amazing feat of human engineering and dedication. His model is built at ¾”-to-a-foot scale, measures the length of 1 ½ football fields, and is large enough to park 11 school buses. It stands as the definitive three-dimensional representation of the most renowned extravaganza, the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, during its Golden Era.

The handcrafted tabletop tableau sports a million pieces including:

  • 1,500 performers
  • 200 animals
  • 152 wagons
  • 7,000 folding chairs in the Big Top

Ring Three: Last Original Ringling Brothers Performers
The interviewees in “Children of All Ages” are the greatest living performers from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s heyday. The exclusive interviews and archival footage are so rare many have never been seen, and the stories are truly one of a kind, including:

  • Aurelia Nock, an 8th generation circus performer and mother of Bello, the star of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and Big Apple Circus acts.
  • Acrobat Evi Kelly-Lentz, widow of the great hobo clown Emmett Kelly
  • Jackie LeClaire, the greatest living clown who, in his eighties, continues to perform



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