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For Ringling Brothers ringmaster, circus is greatest job on earth

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Jonathon Lee Iverson with WFLA News Channel 8's Rod Carter Jonathon Lee Iverson with WFLA News Channel 8's Rod Carter
The show is rehearsed with little toy-like models The show is rehearsed with little toy-like models
Every move is orchestrated, and every entertainer's place is assigned in advance Every move is orchestrated, and every entertainer's place is assigned in advance
SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Jonathon Lee Iverson knows a thing or two about entertainment.

"It's one of those things where opportunity meeting preparation, and something really wonderful happened," he said.

For more than a decade and half, he's been the ringmaster of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

"This was something that I was supposed do for a year," he said.

He took News Channel 8 on a behind-the-scenes tour to a room called The White Model. Every movement in the show is rehearsed on this big white flat board.

"What they'll do is construct, basically what their blueprint, their idea of what the production will be," Iverson explained.

He is a former Boys Choir of Harlem performer and was the youngest Ringmaster in the circus' history. He said it's amazing to be a part of it all.

"You're traveling with people from six different continents," he said. "You know you have all these cultures and you would think we would clash, but... it's so funny, there's something about artistic endeavor that brings people together."

For Iverson, it's the greatest job on earth.

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