In 1975 Dick quit his job and hit the road to look for work as a juggler. In 1977, Dick was seen by a talent scout for the world famous Harlem Globetrotters basketball show. They loved his act and signed him to a three-year contract that took him to more than twenty countries!
In late 1979, Dick to try his luck where the competition would never be tougher, on the European nightclub circuit. He was an overnight success and was held over in Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and finally at the world famous Savoy Hotel in London. While at the Savoy, Dick was invited to compete in the prestigious “Circus World Championships” competition. Although he was new to Europe and the clear underdog, Dick firmly established his name in Europe by winning the Gold Medal and title of “World Champion” which he successfully defended in 1986 and still holds today!
Dick went on to compete at the Monte Carlo circus festival and was presented with the “Silver Clown” award by Princess Grace of Monaco and also received two other “special prizes” from the European press, a feat unprecedented in circus festival history!
Dick returned to the USA in 1981 to continue on his roll by playing all of the best entertainment venues in America. He’s become a regular in Las Vegas, Reno, Miami and Atlantic City where he still holds the record of the longest running variety entertainer!
With Dick Franco …one thing is for sure….the best is always getting better!