Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BILLY VAUGHN: Yankee Doodle Circus

Billy Vaughn warming up the crowd at the Yankee Doodle Circus with a balloon act inspired by the classic acts of Dime & Connie Wilson and Blinko & Maran. Yankee Doodle owner and ringmaster Mike Naughton (very soon to reside in Sarasota, FL) in the background.


Mike Naughton said...

Actually, Billy presented this as a feature in the show. He selected two children; the boy received a 6 ft. ostrich and the girl a rainbow. I just stepped in at the last minute to announce and take the act off, Billy always got a big hand.
Several times a week a child would be playing with their balloon creation and seek out Billy after the show to do repairs. Whether the balloon need a little fixing or it had to be completely remade, Billy would always take the time to work his magic.

The act was presented in silence with appropriate music, it got "ohhs" and "ahhs" from the crowd who had never seen such elaborate balloon art.

Yes, we are moving part of the operation to Sarasota. Our oldest daughters, Katie (29) and Margaret (24) will run the New York office. I share the girls' ages because so many show folks know them from when they were little kids.

Anybody seen my sunscreen?

John Peters said...

Mike, let me be of of the first to "Welcome" you to Florida. If your ever on this side of South Florida, give us a call.

John Peters
Jupiter, FL

Anonymous said...

I was very privileged to have been able to work and know both of them. They were people and times I will never forget!

Billy Vaughn