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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Circus Flora producer and artistic director Ivor David Balding died Saturday. He was 75.

He is remembered as a visionary with a big personality.

"David has embodied the personality, charisma, and artistry of Circus Flora since he founded the institution," his successor as artistic director Jack Marsh said. "His big heart and booming, gravelly voice have nurtured so many artists over the years and provided a foundation on which Circus Flora's unique productions could flourish. He will be sorely missed, and we will be sure that his vision remains the core of our performances in the years to come."

Even as his health deteriorated, he continued his active role in producing the 28th season of Circus Flora on May 29.

Funeral arrangements are pending. "The Pawn," this season's production, will proceed as planned.

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