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A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circus truck is unloaded as the "Out of this World" show is set up at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. This was one of the last few stops on the circus's final tour. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson enters the ring in Fairfax, Va., at one of the final performances of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Marian Carrasquero/NPR hide caption

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From The Big Top Into The Big World: A Ringling Ringmaster's Final Bow

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For the last time, elephants were used in a performance by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus last night. The circus elephants are seen here during a show last month in Washington, D.C. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Elephant acts at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be phased out by 2018, the circus' parent company said today. The elephants will retire to a conservation center in Polk City, Fla. Tamika Moore/AL.com/Landov hide caption

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