Joseph Bauer, Jr.

We welcome back the renowned Joseph Bauer, Jr. as our Ringmaster this year! A star of Bauer’s Circus Maximus and a 15th generation member of one of Switzerland’s oldest circus families, Bauer has his roots embedded in the circus arts.  His father came to the United States to perform in 1954, and since then, he and his illustrious Swiss family have called Sarasota home.

Bauer began performing at a young age when he joined the family daredevil act, The Fabulous Fearless Bauers. In his early teens, he was featured in a number of thrilling acts including the motorcycle on the incline wire, skywalks on the high wire, the death-defying 90 foot swaypole and the challenging, 50-foot whirling Wheel of Destiny.

The multi-talented Bauer is not only known for his death-defying bravery, but also for his elegance and prodigious skills as a Ringmaster.  His accomplishments have taken him around the world to many notable circus venues, as well as in numerous TV appearances and competitions.

And now, in the dazzling spotlight of Florida’s Famous Circus Sarasota, Joseph Bauer, Jr. presents artists from across the globe to thrill and delight “Children of All Ages.”