Taylor Berman · 05/05/14 03:20PM

Authorities say a faulty carabiner is to blame for yesterday's circus accident in Providence. Nine people were injured—several seriously—after the apparatus broke during the circus's "hair hang" act, causing a group of acrobats to fall more than 25 feet.

Ringling Bros. Elephant Shot in Mississippi Drive-By

Caity Weaver · 04/09/13 10:48AM

We may never know if the person who fired his gun into the BancorpSouth Arena parking lot in Tupelo, Mississippi at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning intended to hit the circus elephant traveling there while on tour with a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show. We may never know if the shooter, in the heat of the moment, mistook the elephant (Carol) for a much smaller human-sized human with whom he was having a personal conflict. We may never know what the elephant—an honor student, active in her church choir, well-liked and respected by her peers—was doing in the shadowy parking lot so late at night. (Probably just resting.)

Collapsing for 10 Minutes Perfectly Normal Elephant Behavior, Says Circus

Seth Abramovitch · 08/10/11 09:49PM

Sarah — a 54-year-old Asian elephant performer in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus with a known history of poor health — was filmed by animal rights activists collapsing onto her side as she boarded her boxcar after a performance in Anaheim, Ca.

Atlantic City Casino Unveils 'Sufficiently Sexy' New Image

Lauri Apple · 05/28/11 02:44PM

On Friday, the new owners of the Resorts Casino Hotel officially revealed their innovative marketing strategy to stimulate business and make the local townsfolk proud: fill up the place with scantily clad ladies, put on some naked circus shows, and improve the noodle bar.

Circus Trainer Attacked by Pride of Lions

Matt Cherette · 10/05/10 01:01PM

If you need a reminder that wild animals are, in fact, wild, here it is. Watch as a pride of lions at Ukraine's L'viv Circus attack their helpless trainer—who survived, thankfully—during a recent routine gone awfully, horribly awry.

Runaway Elephant Goes on Gentle Rampage in Switzerland

Maureen O'Connor · 06/08/10 03:27PM

Sabu, a five-ton elephant, escaped from the circus and wandered through Zurich last night, terrifying locals but doing surprisingly little damage. Sabu swam in Lake Zurich and was filmed strolling through the city's shopping and financial districts.

Death-Defying Circus Act Actually Likely To End In Death

Elaine Moran · 03/17/10 03:14PM

Most circuses don't include Nissans from the 90's driving at high speeds on a wall so broken down and flimsy that you can see daylight through it. Then again, this isn't like most circuses, because this circus is in India.

Zebra's Escape from the Circus Caught on Tape

Maureen O'Connor · 02/19/10 02:31AM

Remember that video of an unbound horse running alongside bicycles in the Tour de France, featured in Amelie? A runaway Barnum & Bailey zebra paid homage to that yesterday, but on a downtown Atlanta highway.

104-Year-Old Coney Island Strongman Killed by a Minivan

Ravi Somaiya · 01/12/10 05:40AM

Joe Rollino once lifted 3200lbs (back in days of yore) and could still, according to this AP report, bend quarters with his fingers. He was finally felled by a minivan (he was trying to cross a street in Brooklyn, not lift it over his head or anything).

The Greatest Show, Not the Greatest Gig

cityfile · 05/21/09 10:26AM

In case driving a bus wasn't your thing and you're still looking for a job, please note that Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus is hiring. And you don't even need to wear makeup, put on a silly wig, or taunt tigers either. A job fair is scheduled for next week and the circus is looking to fill 200 ticketing, ushers and maintenance positions for its Coney Island summer run. Applications available for download! [CIDC]

Tearful Britney Spears Misses the 'Excitement' Of Being Totally Fucking Crazy

Kyle Buchanan · 11/18/08 03:28PM

It's rare that a stage-managed pop star can break free of her chains, but all of America bore witness to a time in Britney Spears's life when a gum-smacking "Y'all!" became a Klonopin-chomping "Y'allllllll." Now, Spears appears to be back on the wagon and of sound mind, body, and hair, but she confesses in the new documentary Britney: For the Record that she almost prefers the bald ol' days:

Britney Spears Reunites With 'Toxic' Director, Autotune For New Single 'Womanizer'

Kyle Buchanan · 09/26/08 01:45PM

Fresh off her VMAs victory and rumored reunion with Kevin Federline, Britney Spears continues to pound the comeback trail like it was a naughty windshield in need of a good pummelling-by-umbrella. Her latest salvo is the new single "Womanizer," the first track off her upcoming album Circus. According to Us Weekly, Spears started shooting the video this week in Los Angeles under the guidance of "Toxic" helmer Joseph Kahn, donning a wig (another reunion!) and straddling a businessman in what's being called "erotic" choreography. In the meantime, we have the single right here — have a listen (and a Cheeto). [Us]

The Circus: Evil?

Hamilton Nolan · 03/19/08 02:37PM

In the wee hours of this morning, Barnum & Bailey's Circus paraded their elephants into Manhattan, in what has become an annual tradition and spectacle. PETA is not too happy about this sort of thing. Is the circus really bad? On one hand, they're cruelly exploiting majestic mammals for the pitiful bemusement of humanity. On the other hand: elephants! Below, a clip of last year's NYC elephant march. Is there an easy answer to this one?