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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will close in May, bringing an end to 146 years of the famed show. With displays of exotic animals, bright costumes and daring acrobatic stunts, the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ has been a part of American culture since the mid-1800s. Here are some photos SI has taken over the years, which include acrobats The Amazing Guerreros and Italian clown David Larible who, from 1993 to 2005, quickly became the show's main attraction.