It's Circus Time In Fort Wayne

By Jason Meyers

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 22, 2010 at 7:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Jason Meyers ran away to the Shrine Circus Friday and here’s what he had to say.

Jason: What's it like being in the circus? I arrived an hour and a half before the first show.

Mizpah Shriner Assistant Circus Director Terry Bradner says, "Everybody's making sure everything's ready to go. The ushers are starting to get in here. Participants are just getting geared up and mentally ready to perform."

I got to take a quick look at some of the complex equipment some of those performers use.

Terry: "What happens is... is this spins, okay. He has an assistant that gets him going and he'll get in here and run around on the inside to start with."

After trying to understand that, we went to the basement where all the animals stay. There were elephants, camels, horses, miniature horses, a llama, some chickens, a turkey, a bison... and even an alligator... not pictured... he was in make-up getting ready for the show. And you can see all of these animals up close.

Terry: "This is open actually an hour before and an hour after every performance. And during Saturday, it's open all day."

Just don't get too close to the tigers... they can be dangerous in more ways than one.

Terry: "I would be cautious, they have the ability to mark their territory."

Jason: With deadly aim you say?

Terry: "With deadly aim."

Shortly after that, School aged children from all over northeast Indiana... at least the one's whose school didn't close got to see... "The spectacular Mizpah Shrine Circus!" And once the lights dimmed, the show started with a record-breaking bang.

Cannonball Smith is the opening act. He's been doing this for 35 years, but it's the first time he... or anyone has been shot through a metal hoop. So they're calling the Guinness Book of World Records to make it official.

You can see the rest of the show at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum over the weekend with three shows on Saturday and two more on Sunday.


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