Elephants on the causeway? How the circus changed through the years

The final show

Jan. 5, 2017: For well more than a century, the name Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has thrived on tradition, its tried-and-true approach consistently providing thrill-seekers with breathtaking feats of acrobatic grace and dazzling stunts with majestic animals.

But in 2017, the venerable franchise that is older than both baseball and Coca-Cola has boldly veered from tradition with its latest circus extravaganza, “Out of This World.” And judging from the drastic changes it has made, it’s an appropriate title.
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