- P(hineas) T(aylor),1810–91, U.S. showman who established a circus in 1871.
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Circus parades often became as large a sight as the performance itself; one Barnum and Bailey parade stretched for three miles.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
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Acrobat death In 2004, Dessi Espana, a performer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey, fell 35 feet during a performance.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus
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Kirsch has just completed his three-minute audition for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College.The Most Depressing Show on Earth: Amongst the Clowns of Newark
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He was an accomplished ski jumper, and for a time, he toured the country with the Barnum Bailey Circus.Olympians Dish on Their Favorite Spots to Ski & Snowboard
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And, like Barnum, he bestowed his own name onto his product.The Jewish Condom Magnate
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If you had asked Barnum about it, he would have said it was ever so much better.The Little Nightcap Letters.
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Quite a curiosity he'd have been for Barnum's Museum, wouldn't he?Funny Little Socks
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But I did not invest my inventiveness wisely; I should have shared the idea with Barnum.
I believe that with Barnum alone I could have made it a great success.
One party thought I was Mr. Barnum, and treated me with profound respect.
- P (hineas) T (aylor). 1810–91, US showman, who created The Greatest Show on Earth (1871) and, with J. A. Bailey, founded the Barnum and Bailey Circus (1881)
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