Circus Ring of Fame Wheel Plaque

Antoinette Concello

Inducted into the Ring of Fame: 1992

Circus Profession: Trapeze Artist/Aerial Director

Born: 1913

Died: 1984

Antoinette Concello Circus Ring Of Fame Foundation inductee plaque

Concello was known as “greatest woman flyer of all time”. She was the first
female trapeze to accomplish the dangerous triple somersault. Born Antoinette
Comeau was born in Sutton, Quebec Canada in 1909. Antoinette’s father was a
railroad worker. In 1921 her parents separated and Antoinette and her
siblings went separate ways. Antoinette was placed at the St. Mary Trinty
Convent in Burlington Vermont. For the next several years Antoinette had no
contact with her family then in 1928 she received a letter from her sister
Gertrude “Mickey “. Mickey had married a trapeze artist and was now
with the Sells Floto Circus . Mickey wanted to see her sister so she sent the
circus’ route and a train ticket to Detroit, MI. where the show would be
playing. Antoinette never returned to the Convent. Antoinette joined the
circus with her sister Mickey. Her first aerial act was “iron jaw”
(hanging from a leather strap by her teeth). After the season closed she and
Mickey went to Bloomington, IL. were she trained at Eddie Wards, (of the
Flying Wards) winter training camp for trapeze artist. It is there that she
met her future husband Arthur “Art” Concello . After Eddie’s death,
Art bought the training camp and continued to train circus aerialist.
Antoinette became part of the Flying Concellos flying act and spent many
seasons performing on the Ringling Bros.and Barnum & Bailey Circus .
Over the years the Concello’s relationship had become very tumultuous, one report
even suggest the shots had been fired in the household. In Septetmber of 1956
the Concellos divorced. The years of working on the flying trapeze took their
toll and as a result Antoinette had several surgeries on her shoulder forcing
here to retire from aerial act in 1953. Antoinette returned to Sarasota, FL
to raise her son Randal, then John Ringling North asked her to come back to
the Ringling circus to serve as the aerial director of the show. Antoinette
died at her home in Sarasota on February 5, 1984 courtesy: circuses and