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Cristiani Bros. Circus

 

Cristiani Bros. Circus

Cristiani Bros Circus Ticket Wagon
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Cristiani Bros Circus 4
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Cristiani Bros Circus Ora Logan
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Cristiani Bros Circus 8
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Reprinted From: oxford-ct.gov

The Cristiani Family history in the USA started in 1934, when circus magnet, John Ringling North convinced the family to susp end their circus operations in Italy and agree to come to America to perform their world acclaimed bareback riding act for Ringling Brother, Barnum & Bailey Circus at Madison Square Gardens in New York, NY. The American public had never seen a bareback riding troupe like this Italian family before or since, stopping the show every evening during the twelve week engagement.

Among Papa and Mamma Cristiani's ten children troupe who shared the spotlight under the Big Top were Lucio, world-famous for his backward full-twisting somersaults from one running bareback horse to another, Chita, the raven haired sweetheart of the spectators, who danced on top of the galloping L'Envier; Paul and Belmonte, who developed handstands and flip-flops on running horses to a fine art, and Ortans, the first woman to perform a triple somersault from the teeterboard to a chair atop the brothers.

In 1949, Papa and Mama along with their children and grandchildren, a family of 26, pulled their circus equipment out of storage to form "Cristiani Brothers Circus" in America to great acclaim and success. In 1954 Cristiani Bros Circus trekked the long Trans Alaskan & Canadian Highway to be the first circus ever to tour Alaska to outstanding criti
cal acclaim and financial success.

By 1958, the show grew from a small family circus to the second largest in North America next to Ringling Bros. Barnum &Bailey. It took fifty-two trucks alone, to move the Cristiani Bros Circus from one town to the next. In the 1960's, circus economics changed, forcing the show to close.

 

Cristiani Bros Circus Zacchini cannon   Cristiani Bros. Circus
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Cristiani Bros. Circus clown   Circus Clown Cristiani Circus
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Cristiani Bros Circus midway
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Cristiani Bros Circus 5
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Cristiani Bros Circus 9
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