Toni Smaha

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Toni Smaha
Profession circus animal trainer
Personal details
Born 1949-05-21 in United Kingdom
Dead 2008-03-06 Madison in United States
Country United States

Title elephant trainer 1962
Location at Circus World Museum in United States

Title elephant trainer 1961-1962
Location at Deppe Classic Circus in United States

Title animal trainer 1955-1961
Location at King Brothers Circus in United States

Title artist 1950-1955
Location at Wirth Circus in Australia

Biography details

Joszi Vinicky Jr., circus animal trainer in United States

Born 1949-05-21 in United Kingdom dead 2008-03-06 in United States , son of animal trainer Antonin Vinicky and animal trainer Inge Smaha .

Antonin Joszi "Tony Smaha" Vinicky of Baraboo, passed away on March 6, 2008 at the University Hospital in Madison, after a long illness.

Tony was born on May 21, 1949, in Shrewsburg, England, the son of Antonin and Ingeborg (Luda) Vinicky of the Bertram Circus. He received 20 pounds from Queen Elizabeth because of him being born around the same time as Prince Charles.

Tony was raised in the circus life, and in 1950, he and his family moved to Australia and performed with the Wirth Circus. There, Tony began performing as a clown at the young age of 2 1/2 years old. In 1955, the family came to the United States with the King Brothers Circus and in 1961, arrived in Baraboo through Wilbur Deppe and his "Old Time Circus."

Tony became a fifth generation performer and began showing horses and elephants at the Circus World Museum. Throughout his life, Tony performed with circuses in the United States, Canada and Mexico with many of his highlights being presented on the Jackie Gleason, Ed Sullivan and the Royal Lipizzan Stallion Show.

He made Baraboo his home when not performing on the road. His hobbies included the outdoors with Hunting, fishing and visiting with friends. Tony was a member of the Baraboo Masonic Lodge #34 and honorary member of the Midian Shrine Temple. He was well liked by everyone who knew him and he will be dearly missed.


Siblings through the father Antonin Vinicky ( -- ):

  1. Jan Vinicky Born 1932-01-18 Dead: † 2006-10-27

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Ingeborg Vinicky

Born: 1925-12-02

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). animal trainer Joszi Vinicky Jr. in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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