Jerry's Gift: The Art and Passion of a Circus Super Fan

April 24, 2015 6:52 PM

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His is a presence that is impossible to miss, even in an arena filled with thousands upon thousands of enthusiastic patrons. He doesn't walk, but marches gleefully through our All Access Pre-Show festivities, with the wide-eyed grin of a kid in a candy store. His exhilarated cheers echo throughout the venue, bellowing shoutouts to his favorite acts and performers. The show's musical numbers lift him from his seat, with hands pumping upward while his body sways in time with the music. He's adorned in his own circus-themed attire, making him both fan and unofficial mascot. However, for Jerry Williams, the self-proclaimed "Party Man," his frequent visits to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey The Greatest Show On Earth are not at all limited to his much appreciated excitement for our presentation. Rather, these visits are moments for him to share his special gift with us -- his art.

During my tenure with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, I've learned that there are only two certainties in life with The Greatest Show On Earth -- expect the unexpected, and when we visit the city of Baltimore, Maryland, brace yourself for the one and only Jerry Williams.

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