Barnum and Bailey Church?

The elephants are no longer marching. The jugglers are no longer juggling. The trapeze artists have stopped their trapezing. Even the ringmaster has hung up his top-hat. You may have heard the news: after 146 years, the Barnum and Bailey Circus bid its final farewell. The Greatest Show on Earth is over. A staple of the American entertainment culture for nearly a century and a half, Barnum and Bailey has closed its tent-flap for good. What happened? How did P.T. Barnum’s unrivaled entertainment extravaganza decline and disappear? It may be a sign of the times: America’s entertainment preferences have changed. A two-hour live variety show with acrobats and animal acts that costs a lot


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