King Brothers Circus in United States


King Brothers Circus
Elephants seen on West Haynes Street in Sandersville were part of a King Brothers Christian Circus parade in the 1950s.
Elephants seen on West Haynes Street in Sandersville were part of a King Brothers Christian Circus parade in the 1950s.

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Owner 1946-1950: Floyd King
1953-1955: Floyd King
Floyd King
Founded1945
Closed down1956
Place Macon
StateGeorgia
Country United States

Directors

Key People 1946-1948: Pete Cristiani (artist)
1955-1961: Toni Smaha (animal trainer)
1955-1961: Antonin Vinicky (animal trainer)

Veterinarians

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
1955-1957: Jenda Smaha
(elephant trainer)

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Description

King Brothers Circus, in Macon, Georgia, United States , was founded in 1945. King Brothers Circus closed down in 1956 in Macon, .


Comments / pictures1945: Floyd King bought the Bud Anderson Circus and much of Clyde Beatty\' s truck show.

1946: King took the circus out on tour with the title King Bros. Circus.

1950: In 1950, Norma Davenport, daughter of Ben Davenport the owner of the Dailey Bros. Circus, married Pete Cristiani. As a wedding gift Davenport gave the couple 5 performing elephants. Pete and Norma joined the rest of the Cristiani family who were working with the King Bros. Circus owned by showman Floyd King. The Cristianis then joined forces with King and the "King Bros. and Cristiani Circus was born.

1953: The Cristiani family took their own Cristiani Bros. Circus. Floyd King formed a partnership with Arnold Maley, and reverted to the King Bros Circus.
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1954: 16 elephants.

1955: they enlarged the show to a 70 truck circus. This proved too much to handle and in 56 they divided the show into two smaller shows but both closed early. The title King Bros was later sold to ACME Circus Operating Corporation, and was operated from 1960 as King Bros Circus.

1976: Floyd King died August 24, 1976 at Macon, Georgia, age 88.



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Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). King Brothers Circus, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=762. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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