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Maybe Coney Island really will be the “greatest show on earth” this summer.

On the heels of the city’s announcement that a major new amusement park would operate from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is poised to unveil an entirely new (or, at least, newly named) show that will run from June through Labor Day.

“The show is called, ‘Illuscinat­ion,’ and it will be thrilling,” said Dick Zigun, founder of Coney Island USA, which runs the sideshow and the Mermaid Parade.

Zigun is not affiliated with Ringling Brothers — but he knows a good thing when he ballyhoos one.

“We’re letting people know that Coney Island has in fact not shut down,” he said.

Officials from Ringling Brothers, whose “Boom-A-Ring” big top was one of the few bright spots in a dismal summer last year, wouldn’t comment on the return until all the paperwork is completed. But the company’s Web site describes the “Illuscinat­ion” show as a “fantasy-filled world … with eye-popping illusions, mind-blowing transforma­tions,” and of course, acrobats, exotic animals and clowns galore.

The deal to bring back the circus almost didn’t happen, according to Zigun. The circus wanted to rise on the same West 21st Street lot that it occupied last year, but landowner Joe Sitt has filled the land with school busses. Thankfully, Zigun said, the city agreed to take the buses on a West 29th Street lot.

The show will join the all-new Luna Park — an amusement park run by Italian-based ride manufacturer Zamperla — as one of the main attractions at Coney Island this summer.

“With these two major entertainers, Coney Island will really be the greatest show on earth,” Zigun said.

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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marcey anthis from tumwater washington says:
Great job ANDY on your cony island story grandmother is so proud of you . I read your things almost every day . since kim and your daddy got this computer for me. I am going to send a note to Anderson Cooper. since you are in the neighbor hood cant hurt I love anderson cooper. I will be so glad to see you when you get your time off work All the ladies read your stories and enjoy the brooklyn paper too love grandma.

March 29, 2010, 2:07 am
BrooklynBorn from Canarsie says:
This is extremely bad news. Ringling is one of the biggest animal abusing circuses in the world. The USDA has pages and pages of violations filed against Ringling. I can't believe anybody in the year 2010 could possibly be excited about something as antiquated and barbaric as a circus. Elephants and other captive performers are beaten with bullhooks (sharp metal clubs) and have electric prods used as weapons. Baby elephants are separated from mothers, with both of them screaming, and are tied from all 4 legs and beaten until they submit. All animals are forced to perform, caged or chained 24 hours a day. This is not "fun for the whole family" or educational in the least. On the contrary, it gives all the wrong messages to kids. Messages like, "it's okay to beat the daylights out of an animal to force it to do unnatural stunts so you can make money off of it." "It's okay to bully animals, or others." Just plain wrong.
Many countries in Europe have already banned animal circuses for these very reasons. If you don't think any of this is true, check the website www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com and see the pictures THEIR OWN TRAINER furnished. They don't even deny this kind of brutal torture is standard training.

If you like animals, you don't take your kids to a circus.
March 29, 2010, 1:07 pm
MUSCLE13 from Brooklyn says:
"The circus wanted to rise on the same West 21st Street lot that it occupied last year, but landowner Joe Sitt has filled the land with school busses. Thankfully, Zigun said, the city agreed to take the buses on a West 29th Street lot."

That's the spirit Andy! Let's even blame Joe Sitt for the land Taconic owns! LOL Good Lord!

http://coneyrocks.blogspot.com/
March 29, 2010, 5:56 pm
Borat from Bay Ridge says:
For BrooklynBorn from Canarsie -

Get a life - this is a cruel world - stop reading that PETA stuff!!!
March 30, 2010, 6:28 pm
MUSCLE13 from Brooklyn says:
Does anybody here bother to change the words written in articles when they are factually incorrect?

Taconic earns the W 21st St lot, not Joe Sitt. I guess nobody on this website even bothers to read the comments. Oh well.
March 31, 2010, 8:31 pm
MUSCLE13 from Brooklyn says:
Does anybody here bother to change the words written in articles when they are factually incorrect?

Taconic owns the W 21st St lot, not Joe Sitt. I guess nobody on this website even bothers to read the comments. Oh well.
March 31, 2010, 8:31 pm
LISA M CLARK-KAHN from NY STATE says:
When the humane society ,aspca and all other animal welfare groups condemn animal circuses i aint going.No way,pretend to be asleep all you want im awake and disgusted.
July 29, 2010, 3:45 pm

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