Some Tim Eriksen photos from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Red Unit 109th edition
Anaheim, CA 1979
Animal Walk, New York City 1979
"If objects and people evoke attachment in us, we do not understand the true nature of phenomena. We can only become detached by realizing the true nature of things.
This footage of me was lifted from an NBC News profile that was done around 1972. I emphasize it was lifted. The entire piece is available in the TV archives. I know that snippets such as those that were used here were part of samplings put out by the archives and the entire piece has a purchase price on it for duplication. NBC had a live mic on me for an entire performance (soup to nuts) at Madison Square Garden, and, of course there was an interview.The original piece was aired on the nightly national news, and did not include the other two clowns featured here. Instead, there was footage of gags, interaction in the Alley, and a shot of Swede taking a snooze. My comments in this version are a bit out of context. I had been answering a question about careers, and how important it is to be happy with the path that you choose. I was saying that the demographic was a bit different in the younger Alley, in that there were more life choices and directions available to the younger "First of Mays" than what the older circus veterans may have had.Hope this helps.
Hi Pat !Just a quick note from Spain. The International Festival Del Circo in Albacete, Spain was a great festival highlighted by some awesome clowning.I was honored to share the clowning responsibilities in the ring at the festival with some great Mexican clowns. Paquin, Jr. and his son Felipe who's dog routine was not only funny but sincere and very heart warming. Also at the festival was "Pedro Pedro, Tin Tin, and Peter" also from Mexico. They are wonderfully talented and extremely funny musical clowns.We were all invited to perform at the gala performance which was attended by government officials and some of the biggest circus producers in Europe. The audiences in Spain were great and really appreciate clowning! No wonder, Charlie Rivel is a national treasure!!I included a photo of the big top that was set up inside the bullfighting ring. I thought that was uniquely Spain.