Michael Render (michaelrender) wrote,
Michael Render
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The Greatest Show on Earth

I went to the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Cirus last night at the Gund Arena. We got great seats right in front of the center ring. I guess the definitive word was "spectacle". Circuses sure have come a long way from grimy little adventures under a smelly canvas tent.

Let me start out by saying that I hate animal acts. Making animals approximate simple human behaviors (like turning in a circle) does nothing for me. Last night was no exception. When the animals did their thing, I distracted myself by trying to figure out how their lighting worked.

The clowns were fantastic. I have had my fill of amateur, Shriner freaks in bad greasepaint, but seeing the pros makes you appreciate the craft. David Larible was there. He is a world famous clown and was quite entertaining. He appeared on our Disney Goes to the Circus tape, so my kids recognized him immediately.

The weirdest act all night was a pair of clowns who walked and juggled on a platform 50 ft in the air... upside down! I am not sure how they did it, maybe magnets or wires. But they moved around and danced and juggled like gravity was reversed.

The highlight was the acrobat Crazy Wilson. He started out in the Pendulum of Pandemonium and was quite impressive doing jumps and rolls and crazy stuff as the big chrome arm spun around. Then he got on the high wire where he jumped rope and used a trampoline that was on the edge do do some amazing things. Then, if that was not enough, he got on a motorcycle and joined three other riders in the big metal ball! He was a consummate showman.

All in all, a good time. The crowds weren't bad and we had no trouble getting back to Akron.
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