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Black Unicycle Basketball Stars Ride Into Ringling Bros. History

The unicycle-riding, basketball-playing troupe hails from the Bronx and have been performing with the Ringling Bros. since 1969.

The King Charles Troupe is the first African-American circus act in Ringling Bros. history, having debuted in 1969. The unicycle act plays basketball and even performs on ice during the show. 

Above: Evan Wiley rides by as troupe warms up backstage before their performance.

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Left: Marcus Koch, Mark Birthwright, Aaniya Raphiel (seated) and Ramel Robinson. 

Right: Evan Wiley is the 4th generation in his family to ride with the King Charles Troupe.

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Marcus Koch, who has been a member of the King Charles Troupe for 21 years, rides into the arena with some carryout food.

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Greg Rone warms up before the act.

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Kaseem Alamudeen and other members of the troupe salute the crowd during the finale.

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The troupe thrills the crowd with their unicycle basketball act.

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The troupe thrills the crowd with their unicycle basketball act.

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Members of the King Charles Troupe warm up the crowd during the pre-show.

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Members of the troupe relax backstage after warming up the crowd during the pre-show.

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The King Charles Troupe thrills the crowd with their unicycle basketball act on April 21 in Baltimore.

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Jordan Birthwright  is the son of another troupe performer, Mark Birthwright.

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Aaniya Raphiel, granddaughter of Floyd Harrison, one of the founding members of the group, bows to the crowd along with other members of her troupe.

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Mark Birthwright returns backstage after performing.

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Members of the troupe salute the crowd during the finale.

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