David Balding, the man behind Circus Flora, has interesting story

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  • By Heidi Glaus

    St. Louis (KSDK) - Night after night, he begins the big show known as Circus Flora, but David Balding's story is as interesting as the one that unfolds under the big top.

    "I left Harvard in my freshman year," said Balding.

    He left college to work in a circus, but before he would develop St. Louis' own one ring circus he juggled a few other jobs including Broadway producer.

    "I was nominated for two Tony awards and won a whole lot of Obies," added Balding.

    Raising money got old and considering he had never been scared to jump he left Broadway.

    "So I ended up in England working for CBS and doing a lot of different sports shows to create something called the Circus World Championships," he explained.

    From that, well let's just say he made quite a few uniquely talented friends, who were more than willing to jump through or roll around in hoops for him. He also rescued an elephant named Flora and eventually the big top went up in St. Louis, but the story doesn't end here.

    "Half hour," Balding shouted at performers.

    While Balding worked behind the scenes of Circus Flora, he and his elephant were being filmed for a documentary.

    "The documentary took about eight years," said Balding.

    It was picked up and aired on OWN. The point is we never really know where live will take us, but David Balding is a perfect example that if you continue to climb to new heights the sky really is the limit.

    The big top will be up through Sunday.  For tickets, click here.


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