Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Review

By Amy

Well, that was fun! This past weekend my family and I went to the circus together for the first time! We went to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus present Circus XTREME and had a blast! The show lasted about 2 hours with a short intermission. We loved that one act ended just as another was beginning and there was always something to watch.

During the evening, the show featured camels, elephants, dogs, snakes and tigers. My main concern about the circus is the treatment of the animals. The ringmaster actually spent a good deal of time discussing how the animals are trained and cared for by the circus. I’ll be honest, most of the animals did not seem phased by their performances, with the exception of the tigers, who really looked annoyed by their trainer. Honestly, even though they were fascinating, we all felt uncomfortable watching the animals.

The human performers were simply amazing. The show has bike stunts, acrobatics, a strong man and, yes, a person being shot out of a canon! The tightrope performers were definitely a highlight of the evening. People in the audience gasped as they jumped over each other while on the tightrope. Of …read more

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