Is Ringling Bros. Still The ‘Greatest Show On Earth’ Without Lions, Tigers Or Clowns?

  • Ringling Bros. is returning to the national landscape − the first show in its two-year run is Sept. 29 in Bossier City, Louisiana − with a totally revamped circus that replaces its controversy-generating menagerie of performing animals with 75 wildly talented humans from 18 countries.
  • So, families will no longer gasp when a man puts his head into a lion’s mouth, or cheer as an elephant dunks a basketball.
  • Instead, they’ll be asked to react to a family of Mexican tightrope walkers who are pushing the limits of their craft; to applaud a circus-obsessed kid who keeps breaking his own record for riding the tallest unicycle; and to cheer on teen Skyler Miser, a human rocket newbie whose parents Tina and Brian also were Ringling human rockets.
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