Angelo Iodice, also known as AJ Silver, is considered one of the finest western acts in the business today. He has studied dance/movement and character development, and the western arts such as trick roping, bullwhip artistry and bolas. Surprisingly, Silver did not grow up on a ranch in Texas, but was born and raised in the Bronx. He fell in love with show business, especially the circus, as a youngster, and, after being informed by his parents that he could not have an elephant for his pet, he took to horses and riding, and saw his first trick-riding exhibition at a rodeo presentation at Madison Square Garden. He went on to learn rodeo expertise from a professional rodeo couple.