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A Cirque du Soleil performer died after his hand slipped off the double rings and he fell 20 feet during a performance in Tampa, police and the entertainment company said Sunday.

The theatrical company announced on Twitter that Yann Arnaud fell while performing an aerial straps number Saturday night during the show VOLTA.

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After 146 years as the "Greatest Show on Earth," the owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have decided to take the tent down.

This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring the history of the circus, its local ties and the economics of the decision to close.


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This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the end of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus has a long rich history and a colorful past full of performers who worked under the big top, like retired showman Ward Hall.


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After 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus is taking down its big top. This week on Florida Matters, we're exploring the history and the economic impact of the circus.

Ringling's Bros. Circus was recently in Tampa for its last performances in the Sunshine State.


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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in Tampa for some of its last shows. While crews were busy at the Amalie Arena Tuesday setting up for the tour, a small group of performers put on a kind of mini-circus at the Straz Center.


The Ringling BrosBarnum & Bailey Circus features its first female ringmaster center stage just months before announcing the iconic circus will shut down this spring after 146 years.

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The curtain fell a final time for elephants performing at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the circus ended a practice that enthralled audiences for two centuries but became caught between animal rights activists' concerns and Americans' shifting views.

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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in Tampa this week, once again kicking off its annual North American tour. 

The Tampa Bay area has a rich history involving the circus and carnivals, and the people who perform under the big top. For many who once worked the side-show circuit, they've made Gibsonton their winter home, including showman Ward Hall.

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A circus tent collapsed when a severe storm raked a northern New Hampshire fairground Monday, killing two people and injuring 15 others, authorities said.

WMUR-TV reported that state Department of Safety spokesman Michael Todd confirmed the fatalities.