By Justin Wilfon
(LOUISVILLE, July 8th, 2004, 9:30 p.m.) -- A circus with a little soul has rolled into Louisville, complete with elephants and acrobats. But it's far from your average show. WAVE 3's Justin Wilfon recently found himself under a very special big top.
It may look like a normal circus but it certainly doesn't sound like one. That's because UniverSoul Circus, the only circus in the world owned by African-Americans, has a decidedly soulful attitude.
So what's it like? Ringmaster Shuckey Duckey says at this circus "you see traditional circusry, but with the hip-hop and the African-American type flavor to it.
That's right, it's hip-hop under the big top, and circus spokesperson Charles Davis says it's all in good fun. "We try to make it a whole lot of fun for the family and we try to add a whole lot of soul."
Shuckey Duckey says the audience does more than just watch the show. "When you come, we don't have spectators -- we have participators. You become involved in the show, a part of the show."
The Atlanta-based circus will present over 1,000 shows this year alone, and African-Americans aren't the only ones attending.
"It's African-American owned and operated," Shuckey Duckey says, "but this is for everybody, because soul doesn't have a color. It's an experience."
Davis agrees. "That's really what it's about. When you come into the tent, I mean it doesn't really matter what color or anything, it's just all about having a good time and just having a whole lot of fun."
The people we spoke with after one performance certainly had a lot of fun. "I think this circus is excellent," says Wynette Young, "especially for the kids. It's for the whole family. I think it's just a treat for the whole community."
Online Reporter: Justin Wilfon