"Gunther was unlike any performer anywhere. When he entered the circus arena, whether riding Roman Post on galloping horses or atop an elephant, every eye was always on him until he left the floor. Whether he was working with tigers, leopards, elephants, horses, or a giraffe, you immediately knew that he was special, because his incredible rapport with animals was unsurpassed. Gunther knew the mind of the animal, and he taught us all to love and respect all living things. He set a standard for performing which will be almost impossible to match."