Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth of course, is the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus. It came back to Greenville and in keeping with tradition, we went with my friend Beth, from work, and her family. Everyone had a great time and I am proud to say we escaped without one souvenir. (It was a close call but Scott held strong and the kids only got a pop and a $12 bag of cotton candy).

We went early to check out the pre-show and had lots of fun. We watched the elephant paint one of her master pieces and then rushed up to our seats to get our cotton candy. The cotton candy came with a wizard's hat which Lexi quickly placed on head and to my surprise kept on her head the majority of the show. Sorry to say, I don't have any pictures of her and her hat.

The circus was more magical than I have ever seen in the past. The ring master, with the help of the audience made an elephant disappear and later made a clown, turn into a tiger. There were many "tricks" that left me asking Beth, "How did they do that?" and her quickly telling me she had no idea.

In addition to the magic, there were the expected acts but most of them had a twist. The acrobats did all their tricks on moving gigantic swings, there were human cannon balls being shot across the length of the floor, and the double wheel of steel we saw at Cirque de Soleil. The animals were the kids favorites and they really were amazing. I don't have pictures but there were also some cute dogs, horses (two of which had manes that looked like a skunk - white on the outside and a strip of black in the middle) and zebras.

The magic of the circus is amazing and the wonder, excitement and thrill on Brayden and Lexi's face is priceless. I can't wait for the circus to come back to town next year and experience the magic again.

1 comment:

Double Dees in SC said...

Sounds awesome! We may try it someday - as soon as I'm sure my boys will watch it and not be more entertained with the toys and candy. ;)