The video above is from the Enid News and shows how Wilson the Clown did the best production act ever for students of Chisholm Elementary in Enid, Oklahoma… particularly for the children of Lt. Col. Kevin Kohl who is just back from Iraq.

In sadder news, an apparent equipment failure at a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performance in Providence, Rhode Island injured nine performers, two critically according to NBC News, when the rack holding up eight women by their hair fell approximately 35 feet. Feld Entertainment (parent company of the circus) issued the following press release:

Ellenton, FL – May 4, 2014 — During the 11am performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS? on May 4, 2014, at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, there was an accident during the hair hang act. All performers in the act received immediate medical attention and were transported to a local hospital for further care.

The 11am performance was stopped at that time. Performances scheduled at 3pm and 7pm on May 4 and at 10:30 am on May 5 have been cancelled. An investigation has begun into the cause of the accident, and no further details are available at this time.

The catalog for the next Potter and Potter Auctions offering, which was mentioned by Gabe Fujari during his recent iTricks Magic Week In Review appearance, is now available. The auction has a playing card theme and will be held on May 31st and June 1st. The catalog is available from the Potter and Potter website in both print and PDF formats.

Finally, AsianOne.com reprinted a story on S. Chandran, who has gone from the Singapore Air Force to IT to professional magician. The Traverse City Record-Eagle also ran a nice feature on Josh Beechraft, which credits at least some of his success as a magician to the “ape hands” inherited from his grandmother.

Have a happy Cinco De Mayo everyone (that is, if you have recovered from May the Fourth).