Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

I had earlier seen 'Cirque du Soleil' when it came to Seattle Area. It was impressive and I would say it had good music and excellent presentation and superb execution. But coming out I somehow felt it was very monotonous and repetitive. All the acts were very similar. All required great skill and I was impressed but I was not as entertained as I expected to be. At that time I formed a image that perhaps in USA all circus are like this. The notion was not correct.

Last Saturday we went to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus shows were in Everett. This was the circus which I would say matched my mental image of "Circus" closely. It had all the elements that you would expect

1) Clowns (Joker)
2) Dancers
3) Animals (Elephants, Horses, Sheep, Goats, Tigers, Lamas and dogs)
4) Trapeze artists.

And above all Stunt show "Maut ka Kuan" (Globe of Death). This was really amazing 8 motorcycle in a enclosed globe going at full speed.

All the animal acts and Trapeze acts were also very good and impressive

I would rate Ringling Circus a 8.0 out of 10. I would say I was impressed and entertained. I think the obvious question is why 8.0? The reason is the clowns were not funny enough and lacked creativity.

Anyway I would recommend it over 'Cirque du Soleil' because it has more variety. Last but not the least it was at almost 1/3 price of 'Cirque du Soleil'

The only sore point was that as we were getting out, some one handed me pamphlet on animal cruelty and how Ringling was linked to it which left some bad taste.....


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