By Danielle Braff
Monday, November 19, 2012
You know you're a mother - when, instead of being amazed at the tiger/lion tamer - you're wondering how that conversation went: "Ugh, mom, I've got something to tell you. I've decided to join the circus and be the lone person in the tiger's den, hoping he won't eat me."
But since that wasn't my son nearly being torn up by lions and tigers, I must admit that this Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Dragons was as exhilarating as it was when I didn't worry about the fate of the lion tamer. And more.
The circus had everything it's always had: The elephants, horses, token dwarf, animal protestors and wiry trapeze artists. It also went well beyond what you'd ever expect from a circus that swung into town for a few weeks.
The first inkling of the out-of-the-norm show was the motorcyclist who zoomed over the crowd connected to a tightrope wire, accompanied by two acrobats who did ridiculously incredible upside-down stints while zooming high above our heads. We sat in the seventh row, which made this stunt even scarier, as they were directly over our heads (please don't fall, please don't fall).