Saturday, October 03, 2020

Vidbel Circus: Boxing Gag

Video courtesy of the ICHOF archives.

Scott O'Donnell, Mike Snider, John Kennedy Kane, aka Eggroll, and ringmaster Billy Martin performing the boxing gag on Vidbel's Olde Tyme Circus in the 1990s.

Scott started his clowning career in Canada and later was in charge of Vidbel during the 1990s and into the early 2000s.

He worked on Ringling as boss clown and then as a talent scout alongside Tim Holst. He also worked in a managerial position on Big Apple Circus. Currently he is the Executive Director of Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI.

Mike Snider graduated from Ringling Clown College in 1978, and after a short time on Ringling's blue unit, he went to Clyde Beatty Cole Bros' Clown Alley where he spent many seasons. He worked on many other shows, notably the Cole All Star Circus and Vidbel. He was a frequent partner of Billy Vaughn. Mike currently works in the medical field in Arkansas.

John "Eggroll" Kane began his career as a fire eater on Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus in 1979, and the next year became a member of Clown Alley. Eggroll performed as a clown and ringmaster on many shows, and just a few years ago he was ringmaster of the Big Apple Circus for several seasons.

Now he occasionally performs his one man show, My Life In The Basement, around the Buffalo, NY area.

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