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After more than 140 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is calling it quits. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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Candice Storley performs with elephants Friday at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, on its opening day of the summer season.(Photo: Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

BARABOO - The calls began shortly after the stunning announcement in January.

Callers want to know if it's true Circus World Museum is closing down on Sunday?

They’re told — no, that’s the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the same circus that started here in the Ringling brothers’ hometown more than a century ago.

Circus World Museum is thriving, as are dozens of other small circuses around the U.S. But the death of The Greatest Show on Earth, which performs its final show on Sunday in New York, is the end of a storied era that started in this Sauk County community.