"There's no Business like Show Business". This is an opportunity to share and present Circus History with others.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Happy Birthday Mr. Bailey
Happy Birthday wishes are going out today to circus showman and legendary owner, James Anthony Bailey. Born on July 4, 1847 in Detroit, Michigan as James Anthony McGuiness. He was orphaned at the age of 8. While working as a bellhop, he was found by a nephew of circus great Hachileah Bailey. Fred Harrison Bailey offered him a position on the circus as his assistant and he gladly took a turn in his life that would make circus history for ever more. Eventually adopting the surname of his mentor, he became James Anthony Bailey.
I performed from 1973 to 1995 with a couple years off in between. I did an aerial cradle act for three years, low wire as a clown, trained llamas, ponies, then lions and tigers for 15 years. I am now a firefighter, a member of the Circus Historical Society and an author of several circus and carnival related subjects.