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Thursday, June 17, 2010

RINGLING IN LAS VEGAS

Jun. 17, 2010
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson presides over the festivities as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to town for a four-day run at the Orleans Arena.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
‘The Greatest Show on Earth’
Circus brings jaw-dropping acts that are the real deal
By JOHN PRZYBYS

In an age of CGI-laden movies and TV shows that have distorted the very concept of “reality,” it’s nice that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus exists.
The Flying Caceres attempting quadruple somersaults on the trapeze? The Puyang Troupe’s acrobatic artistry? The Balancing Body Benders cramming three people into an area the size of a milk crate? The assorted animals, clowns, dancers, acrobats and other performers who will take over the Orleans Arena today when the circus returns to town for a four-day run?All real. All live. And all performing in front of your very eyes, without the benefit of computers or green screens.
Don’t misunderstand: The “Greatest Show on Earth” is happy to embrace technology — video screens, for instance — to create a more wow-worthy show, says ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson, but only when that doesn’t mean “selling our souls.”
The result: Today, just as it was nearly a century-and-a-half ago, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus remains “a show for children of all ages,” Iverson says, “and the goal is always to prove that it can be just as appealing for any and every child, whether they’re 2 years old or 102 years old.”
read more at: http://www.lvrj.com/neon/-_x91-the-greatest-show-on-earth-_x92--96546674.html?ref=674

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