Behind the scenes secrets of the Shrine Circus
Sat, 05 Feb 2011 23:43:52 GMT —
Come one, come all!
The Shrine Circus is in town at the Dow Event Center.
NBC25 learned some behind the scenes secrets about the show.
The Shrine Circus brings in acts from across the globe, like this singing pig, he came all the way from the barnyard to be here.
A family of acrobats traveled from the Philippines to defy gravity.
And don't forget about Yum-Yum the clown.
I don't look like I TMve missed too many meals, said Yum-Yum.
Yum-Yum TMs son, Blaze, flew in from Gillette, Wyoming to follow in his father's footsteps.
That is one of the father/son moments, is that he did teach me how to put my makeup on, and not every guy can say that about his father, said Blaze.
I also got a one-on-one with the star of the show, and she's from Asia.
This is Duchess the Elephant, she's 42 years old, and she TMs the pride and joy of the Shrine Circus, she's been performing all of her life.
My grandfather actually raised them and they were passed down to my dad, and they were passed down to me, said Brett Carden, the Owner of the Shrine Circus.
Habib Omar trains Duchess. His family's been a part of the circus for five generations. He tells me elephants really do never forget.
They are very smart, so they learn fast, and once they learn, they keep that for their entire life, said Habib Omar, an elephant trainer.
Omar also knows exactly what elephants like and don't like.
They love peanuts its true, and they are really afraid of rats like you see in the movies, said Omar.
But that doesn't stop her from being a part of the greatest show on earth.
Money from the Shrine Circus benefits the Shriners' Temple.