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Circus says the show will go on after accident

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By: Dee DeQuattro
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“The show must go on,” that was the message Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus delivered Thursday afternoon at a press conference. Circus representatives say the LEGENDS show will go on tonight as planned in Hartford with some slight changes after a failed stunt at the Dunk in Providence left eight performers hospitalized.

As a result Feld Entertainment the company that owns Ringling Bros. has replaced all the carabineer clamps that will be used in the performance. Additionally the “hair hang” act which failed in Providence has been eliminated from the show.

Representatives say that the remainder of the performances of this show will be dedicated to the nine people who were injured when a clamp snapped sending eight performers plummeting approximately thirty feet on Sunday.

Nicole Feld, the Vice President of Feld Entertainment, thanked the Dunk and Providence first responders for their efforts on Sunday.

Seven of the performers remain hospitalized at Rhode Island Hospital. They are all expected to survive however  according to doctors, it is unclear if they will all walk again.

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