Master showman of the circus P.T. Barnum would have loved David Kiser, the vice president of talent for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, who is one of the imaginative minds that keep Barnum's dreams of audience entertainment alive.
, who sports a spiked crop of bright blond hair, began as a Ringling Bros.
clown nearly three decades ago.
travels the globe scouting talent for future installments of "The Greatest Show on Earth."
"Being a clown was a lot of fun, but what I do now is also just as amazing and entertaining," said Kiser
, taking a break from overseeing the string of performances for the latest themed circus production visiting Chicago this month.
While helping to create the show, which began with early designs and theme discussions nearly two years ago, Kiser
said gathering the diverse talent helped shape the story for this year's circus
Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors, charging Cossack riders, magnificent Asian elephants and fierce lions and tigers are all part of the two and half hour spectacle leading up to the frenzied Globe of Steel finale and an appearance by the elusive golden fire-breathing dragon.
said the circus is also continuing the tradition of allowing an all-access pre-show available to all ticket holders.
And Barnum And Bailey Circus, 142nd Edition, Chicago, 2012, Dragons, United Center
, David Kiser
, Johnathan Lee Iverson, Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors