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Jun 2 2012

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus - Dragons

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Our weekend wasn't busy enough with two baseball games today (and three tomorrow), so we went the circus tonight. Not just any circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus featuring Dragons! Or, as Will says, "We went to see The Greatest Show on Earth!"

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The Tchalabaev Cossack Troupe performing their five-man pyramid in their Riders of the Wind show.

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Each side of the circus had a high wire pulled taught above and just in front of the first row for the Scorching Skywheels of the West. A motorcycle went back and forth with performers dangling underneath. For the finale, the motorcycle and acrobats spun around the wire!

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One of my favorites are the big cats! The lion tamer, Alexander Lacey, had full command of his lions and tigers.

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A tiger taking his turn jumping from stand to stand.

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A tiger on his hind feet standing tall.

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Needless to say taking photos from the stands combined with the varied circus lightening and a wire cage generally does not make for good photography but this photo of a tiger standing on his hind legs came out pretty good, if I do say so myself.

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That is a craze cooperative lion to allow two tigers to stand themselves up on his back.

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Back view of some well trained lions and tigers.

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And, the front view of the lions and tigers standing at attention.

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The Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey lion king. I've got to believe this guy is pretty old, he never moved very fast during the whole performance.

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Not only is this cage studded with knives but they set it on fire and, although you can't tell from the photo, set it spinning, before putting a hood on the unlucky guy who had to jump through it.

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These are the Shaolin Warriors and Kung Fu Kings. The program doesn't make much of a distinction between the two but the Ringling Bros. website does.

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The Dragon briefly poked his head out between performances.

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These are The Soaring Scalas performing their unassisted four-man tower after being launched from a teeter totter, (In another ring, farther away from us, The Mighty Asadullins performed a similar acrobatic teeter totter act.)

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The final Soaring Scalas acrobat, just launched off the teeter totter, doing a somersault before landing on top to complete a five-man tower.

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This little person was the highlight of the show. Paulo Dos Santo did a magnificent job all night long keeping the crowd entertained with his surprising acrobatics, endless energy and great humor. He stole the show from the Ringmaster, Johnathan Lee Iverson (back visible in very first photo).

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Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus elephants standing on each other.

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This isn't that amazing of a picture, but the elephants were rotating in a circle which was pretty amazing.

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Ringling Bros. elephants sitting on their backsides.

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Ringling Bros. elephants making their own "little" pyramid.

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These are the Dragon Riders (the Torres family) in a 16-foot globe of steel. They worked their way up until there were an amazing 8 motorcycles in the globe!!! In the picture you can just make out, from top to bottom 1, 4 and 3 riders. I also took a video which is a thousand times better than this static photo.

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In the big finale, the Dragon finally made his appearance and flew around the thee ringed circus.

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The Dragon spit fire and smoke as it finished out an incredible show.

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The boys outside the BOK Center in front of a Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus truck.

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