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Ringling Bros. boss clown Sandor Eke carries his 2-year-old son, Michael, on his shoulders as he walks to the bus that will take them to the arena for a show, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Someday, he plans to teach his son juggling and other circus skills, but Eke knows he may never join the circus. Eke’s wife, a former circus aerialist, has already established their new home in Las Vegas. When the circus closes, Eke hopes to get a job as a “flair” bartender there, doing tricks like juggling bottles, but he wonders how life will change. “My normal life is this. My normal life is going on the train, going every week to a different city. It’s crazy how much I love circus,” Eke says. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Ringling Bros. boss clown Sandor Eke dusts his face with powder before performing in a show, Friday, May 5, 2017, in Providence, R.I. One of Eke’s earliest memories is of an elephant comforting him, stretching its trunk through his trailer window, while he lay recovering from an illness. Eke’s Hungarian parents were performing at the time at a circus in Sweden, and Eke was just a toddler. A few years later, he’d be a circus performer himself, and aspiring to come to America to join Ringling. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Boss clown Sandor Eke helps his 2-year-old son. Michael Eke step off the Ringling Bros. circus red unit's traveling train parked in a rail yard as they head to the arena for a show, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Someday, he plans to teach his son juggling and other circus skills, but Eke knows he may never join the circus. Eke’s wife, a former circus aerialist, has already established their new home in Las Vegas. When the circus closes, Eke hopes to get a job as a “flair” bartender there, doing tricks like juggling bottles, but he wonders how life will change. “My normal life is this. My normal life is going on the train, going every week to a different city. It’s crazy how much I love circus,” Eke says. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Kelly Anne, a 17 year old Asian elephant, with the Ringling Brothers, uses her trunk to paint brush to paint a canvas, held by performing artist, Sandor Eke, 37, from Budapest, Hungary, while children who are in the Young Rembrandts, a school art program, watch at the George Mason University Patriot Center, in Fairfax, VA., Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Kelly Anne, a 17 year old Asian elephant, with the Ringling Brothers, uses her trunk to paint brush to paint a canvas, held by performing artist, Sandor Eke, 37, from Budapest, Hungary, while children who are in the Young Rembrandts, a school art program, watch at the George Mason University Patriot Center, in Fairfax, VA., Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Performing artist, Sandor Eke, 37, from Budapest, Hungary, braces as children from the Young Rembrandts, a school art program, paint him at George Mason University Patriot Center, in Fairfax, VA., Thursday, April 11, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)