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Based on research for a forthcoming book, “Little Caesar: The Secret Life and High-Flying Times of Art Concello” appears in the current issue of Bandwagon magazine, the journal of the Circus Historical Society. The article was co-authored by Mort Gamble, senior vice president at Virginia Wesleyan, and Maureen Brunsdale, special collections librarian of the Milner Library, Illinois State University. For the past two years, Gamble and Brunsdale have researched the life of Arthur M. Concello (1911-2001) for their forthcoming biography. Concello was a legendary trapeze artist and later manager of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Milner Library, in Concello’s home area of Bloomington/Normal, IL, contains extensive archives pertaining to his life and career, and the development of the trapeze arts.“Concello was one of the most remarkable and controversial figures in American circus history,” the authors write. “He was a brilliant aerialist, creative designer, shrewd businessman, and an expert manager of The Greatest Show on Earth during some of the most critical years in its history.” For more information on the Circus Historical Society, visit