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Saturday, November 5, 2011

With a circus, the thrill is that it is all real


Ringmaster Brian Crawford Scott of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus

By Karen huelsman

From: The Chicago Sun-Times

November 3, 2011
It’s certainly animated. And it has drama, daredevil feats and a musical score all its own. But it’s not a computer-generated image.
It’s all live and in-the-moment at the 141st Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in town for performances through Nov. 13 at the Allstate Arena, and Nov. 16-27 at the United Center.
“I think the fact that the circus is all real is what has made it so enduring,” said Ringmaster Brian Crawford Scott. For thrillseekers accustomed to being entertained by something created in a lab and projected on a screen, the circus offers an electric experience without high-tech electronics.
“Everything we do in the circus is real, there are no special effects. There’s nothing fake,’’ said Scott, the 25-year-old ringmaster who is marking his first anniversary with the circus this month.” Those guys really are balancing on tiny wires,” Scott said. “And somebody else is really being launched across an arena while flames light up his back.” More about that later.
“I think that’s why the circus is such great entertainment . . . everything is tangible,” Scott said.
This year’s “Fully Charged” three-ring circus has the traditional circus features that crowds expect including Bengal tigers who follow their trainer’s every command, skillful horse troupes and a pack of pachyderms who show off their finer dance steps. READ MORE:
http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/8477351-421/with-a-circus-the-thrill-is-that-it-is-all-real.html

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