Goodbye to the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’: Ringling Bros. Hold Final Curtain Call

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Cossack Riders wait backstage with their mounts for their cue.
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Bottom to top: Mongolian contortionists Solange Ulzii, Nomin Nyamkhuu and Erdenesuren Damdinbayar.
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Tatiana Tchalabaeva plays the Evil Queen, and waits for her cue to step onstage along with the clowns from Clown Alley.
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Matthew Iverson plays a younger version of his father, Johnathan Lee Iverson, and Adrianan Vassallo plays a younger version of her own father, Davis Vassallo, while Ashley Vargas, preshow host for Out of This World, has performed with Ringling Bros for years.
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Katie Azzario Lacey strokes her tiger, Cashmere, before the pre-show.
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Members of the King Charles Troupe salute the crowd during the finale. The King Charles Troupe is the first African-American circus act in Ringling Bros. history, having debuted in 1969. The unicycle act plays basketball and even performs on ice during the show.
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Dave Honigman, Joe DeSoto, and Mandy Curry play the clowns in Clown Alley.
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The show’s opening act underway.
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Byron Allen plays trombone in the band, while acrobat Paulo dos Santos plays as Paolo the Circus Starseeker during the production.
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Big Cat Trainer Alexander Lacey comes from a family of animal trainers.
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Freestyle skater Natahlia De Roover, and the Torres Family, originally from Paraguay, who race motorcycles inside a steel cage just inches apart.
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Tatiana Tchalabaeva plays the Evil Queen. Tatiana has been with Ringling Bros for over 25 years.
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Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson is in his eighth edition of Ringling Bros. Paulo dos Santos plays sidekick throughout the show.
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Victor Rossi is an eighth generation clown from Monaco. He grew up performing in the Monte Carlo Festival and has traveled the world performing.
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Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson is in his eighth edition of Ringling Bros. Paulo dos Santos plays sidekick to him throughout the show.
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Big Cat Trainer Alexander Lacey comes from a family of animal trainers.
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