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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, “Legends”, In Manchester, N.H., October 4, 2015.


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All the pictures taken by Deanna with her Olympus Stylus SZ-16








YouTube video of the entire elephant act.

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7:28 minute YouTube video, shot by Deanna, of the entire elephant act. Worth seeing. It has good audio.


Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, at the Verizon, in Manchester, NH, in October, for the Sunday evening performance is yet another of our annul events, along with Christmas Revels, the Highland Games at Loon, Laconia Multicultural Day. We have been doing it, without fail, since 2007. So we know this show quite well.

Last year we had a lot of issues with the bunny eating python and cigarettes being sold. We made such a fuss about this that we ended up with (good) complimentary seats for this year’s circus. Thank YOU, Feld Entertainment (they being who put on the circus and as such provided the tickets).

I am going to try and keep this short and do so by using pithy bullet points.

>> It was good. I am a sucker for circuses and enjoy them all. Kids, and not just Tesichan, were whooping and cheering and that to me is what a circus should do. So on that score alone ‘Legends’ was OK.

>> It was, by far, the least spectacular circus we have seen from Ringling & Barnum! It was a low-key affair and you got the distinct impression that it was a low-budget production. Plus, looking through the ($15) souvenir program (which we always get because Teischan will look at it for years) it would appear that they cut out two big acts from this performance — motorcycle high-wire act (which we have seen a number of times, but still enjoy) and the ‘hairialist’ — hanging from their hair act (though there was a variant of this last year). To be fair to Feld, Manchester also did not live up to its side of the deal. The arena was less than half full. The emptiest we have seen it. I talked to an usher. Appears that attendance was down at all the performances. They are blaming the Deerfield Fair which was on the same weekend.

>> This show lacked any big apparatus spectaculars. There were no huge canons, giant rotating wheels or elaborate sets. It was mainly animals and different Chinese acrobatic events.

>> More animals than I have ever seen. They even had two pigs and two kangaroos! The pigs, though real pokers, were cut though they made me hungry! Yes, given my penchant for pork, big pigs get the digestive juices flowing. The kangaroos were pathetic and unbecoming of this outfit.

>> It would appear the the circus is pushing back on the animal activists and trying to make a point. We got quite a few lectures about how well they look after the elephants. That I am kind of willing to believe. They had 6 elephants and I studied them carefully. Only one, albeit the youngest (at 14), looked off-key. The others seemed in great condition. As I have said before I do not have a problem with elephants performing. They are like dogs. Once domesticated they like to please and they are not made to do anything unnatural and degrading.

>> We all hate the big cat act. That has to go. That is really quite vile. And then the ‘cat guy’ paraded around with a scrawny leopard that looked scared. That made me very uneasy.

>> Deanna and the kids love the dog act but I would be happy if that was scrapped. A dog jumping from a basket attached to a 20′ pole does not make me happy.

>> There were memorable acts, mainly by the various Chinese troupes: the diabolo (two-sided top spun with a rope) act was special, as was the pole ‘dancing’ and bicycle acts. The tumbling acts were professional though nothing that remarkable by today’s standards.

>> The motorcycle rides in their ‘cage of death’ and the trapeze act is a perennial. We seem to see them every year.

>> The clown acts were toned down and there was nothing objectionable.

>> For the first time they did not have ‘Preferred Seating’ audience members coming on stage to be driven around. That was nice and Deanna noticed their absence at once.

>> In many ways it was an old-fashioned circus. Less apparatus, no real whiz-bang acts and just fairly routine animal and acrobatic acts.

It was OK. We will go next year too. That could be the last year for the elephants.


Another video. This one a photo-montage.

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Click to access YouTube video. Nearly 200 of Deanna’s photos ‘stitched’ together, with music, for a 6.5 minute video of the entire circus experience.


Two Clowns At The The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus In Manchester, N.H., October, 2015.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
2015
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Manchester, NH, Oct. 2015.
>> Elephants
phased out by 2018.


2014
>> Feeding bunny to python
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>> Selling cigarettes at circus …

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++++  Search ‘circus’ & ‘cirque’ for the numerous circus posts. >>>>>>



He actually asked me ‘what I was’!

I told him, that I too was a clown. He understood.

This is not about WANTING TO BE. In my heart I have always been a clown. There are those that will fully concur with that. And then there are those that would disagree and maintain that I have only ever been, at best, a piss artist and they are, alas, not talking about my urination habits.


Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord) Compounds Their Sins! No Wonder They Didn’t Treat Poor Teischan Properly, They Don’t Even Know Whether She Was Boy Or A Girl!

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Deanna got this today. She had been waiting for it for a week.

This is beyond the pale.

This is not funny. Don’t they have her records right in front of them.

Her name like mine is atypical. But, there is no excuse for this type of slovenly work.

Deanna is much more patient, forgiving and mellow than I am — as she needs to be married to me. But, she is MAD. When she is mad, watch out.

I am laughing. I said that they had clowns in Concord. QED.

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Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord) Did IT Again — And ‘IT’ Wasn’t Good.

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To avoid any misunderstandings let me state a few categorical facts. Our regular pediatrician at DMHC (Concord) for both Devanee and Teischan, Dr. Eric Shulman, who we have been seeing for 6 years or more, is beyond wonderful. He is one of those exception, gifted physicians (and I talk as one with 4 doctors in the family). It also has to be said that the Prenatal & Postnatal groups at DHMC (Hanover) are exceptional. It was a rare privilege to have had Teischan born at Dartmouth. I have never experienced anything like that. That was magical.

That said, we have had some real bad experiences with DHMC Concord. Never with Dr. Shulman. And there are some other GOOD doctors there like the lady we saw today. But, Concord does have some clowns. I mentioned in this post how they nearly killed me. Well we had an analogous situation this week with Teischan, she alas having inherited my bronchial chest. She is asthmatic, and like me gets acute bronchitis even if a butterfly flaps its wings too fast nearby. She is sick, with a cough, a lot. She was very sick earlier this week. On Tuesday morning we took her in. We couldn’t see Dr. Shulman. Instead we saw another pediatrician who we had seen before, again on an emergency basis, in September. He checked her out. Since I have struggled with the same ailment, and seen doctors around the world, I know what questions to ask and what to look for. He assured me that her chest was fine and that she just had a small crackle just in one spot. It was viral. No need for antibiotics. Just up the ante on the inhalers with a second one.

To be fair to him she did not have a fever when we saw him. That changed within hours. She had a 103.4°F fever that afternoon. Deanna called. They said it was normal and that they would expect her to have a fever for 5 days. She kept on getting sicker. She didn’t go to school Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Valentine’s Day) or Friday; she missed her Valentine’s Day party that she had so looked forward to. On Friday I wanted to take her to the ER. Deanna called DHMC again. They said call on Saturday if she is not any better. We called at 8:30 am on Saturday.

We took her in right away. They saw her quite quickly. She has walking pneumonia.

Yes, she could have got it after we walked out on Tuesday. I am not convinced of that. I am also beside myself that they refused to see us for 5 days. I don’t know what to do. We are very happy with Dr. Schulman. But, we can’t see him when we have an emergency and with Teischan we have 4 emergencies, minimum, per year. Yes, we have taken her to the ER, twice.

Now we can’t go to Boston for Chinese New Year. I am not amused. I know the clowns. I know the culprits.

I don’t know what to do. We are very happy with Dr. Shulman. But, we can’t see him when we have an emergency and with Teischan we have 4 emergencies, minimum, per year. Yes, we have taken her to the ER, twice.

Ringling Brothers ‘Fully Charged’ Circus At The Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


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The Circus Is Coming To Town; Barnum & Bailey, This Week, In Manchester, NHSept. 24, 2012.

This was our 3rd circus this year, we saw 2 Cirque du Soleil performances, one in Las Vegas (April) and the other at the Verizon Arena in Manchester (May).
This is the 6th Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey circus we have seen in Manchester, going ever year, without fail, starting in 2007.
We went to the 4pm performance on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 — we always go to the last show, to catch the elephant parade afterwards (but to no avail this year).

Deanna took all these pictures.

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The BEST act of the show, the Totally Wired high-wire act. Thank you.

The Good

1/ The High-Voltage high-wire act. They did a few breathtaking stunts. Easily the most captivating in what was not greatest of shows. We have seen as good, if not better, but that was not today. So take a bow. You did great. Made my day.

2/ The human, on-fire, Crossbow Dart, The Human Fuse human cannonball variant was new, fun and creative. It was good. Could watch it again. Assume it is on the show DVD we bought for $10, a decent, reasonable price.

3/ The Indian/Sri Lankan elephants. They only had 5 but they were awfully cute and cuddly. Well fed, a couple maybe a tad too heavy. But they looked well, well cared for. Immaculately behaved. They did good. They were not forced to do anything too strenuous or unbecoming. Kind of tame, but I am all for that. If you want to see impressive elephant shows you have to go to Sri Lanka or Thailand. I will write a post about the animals and the circus, but I really do not see any signs of mistreatment of these elephants, and while I am no longer as au fait with elephants as I used to be, they look fine to my still critical eyes.

4/ The Pump Up Energy spring loaded stilt walkers in their neon costumes. Cute and magical beyond words. Bravo. I am getting myself a pair of these!

5/ Aerial Fair high fliers. We have seen similar; Cirque does this better. But these folks were good. They made me happy. Thank you.

6/ Kinetic Energy jugglers. Nothing spectacular. We have seen better, but it was a solid, pleasing performance.

7/ High Energy Fernandez Brothers in their twin turbines of steel. We have seen them before and the Cirque equivalent. These two do a honest, solid show. I like it. To me it is always a crowd pleaser.

8/ High Vaultage acrobatic team. Decent, run-of-the-mill acrobatics, but pleasingly done. Deanna was impressed that the leading lady could do all her vaults while wearing a long skirt. Definitely seen better, but these folks were OK. I applauded.

9/ All the fancy bikes. Very creative. Very original though I didn’t like the ornamental fake wheels. But, all in all a nice touch. I would definitely ride one of those.

10/ Opening and closing everybody on deck acts. These were fun. The opening act ended in a magical scene when they started juggling about 400 illuminated juggling pins in a totally dark arena. That was great. Bravo. Thank you.


11/ I thought the merchandise prices were acceptable! The program was $8 and the DVD was $10. I think the program used to be $15 and the DVD $20. I knew I hadn’t paid much for the seats. I had thought I had paid in the $22 range, which has been the norm in the past. I looked today. I had paid $17 per ticket. That, to me makes this a bargain. Thank you Ringling Bros.


The Bad

1/ The Ring Master. You hardly knew he was there. The one with least presence we have seen. Yes, I think he is new and that this might have been his first real outing. He will have to learn fast. He also didn’t have the more elaborate locomotion his predecessors enjoyed. I feel bad for him. He really was a ‘no-op’ as far as the show was concerned and he is supposed to be a star.

2/ The horse and pony show. Lame and tame. What is the point. Horses prancing around a small ring is very, very old hat. There was no fancy riding. No acrobatics on the backs of prancing horses. You could see better at any ol’ NH horse farm. This was not good.

3/ The clowns were tepid, and like the Ring Master lacked pizazz. That they made fun of all the acts that went before them, using miniature props imitating the originals, was cute but lacked fire. They need to go back to clown school.

4/ Stage set and props. This was by far the most spare and sparse set we have seen at Manchester. They didn’t even have their traditional, huge ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’ circle logo! Maybe they knew that this show did not meet that billing. No large screen TVs. Very bare. Deanna noticed it right away, and complained.

5/ Pre-Show was ultra low-key and toned down. No FREE red clowns noses. It was still OK for the kids and most were mesmerized at some point. But, compared to previous years it was palpably low key. We were on the floor by 3:20 pm. We didn’t see any TALL stilt walkers or animals. Deanna was again bummed. She likes walking under the legs of the stilt walkers! Yes, that could be Freudian. They did have at least one tall stilt walker. Last year they had three, methinks because I did chat with a couple of them.

6/ No elephant parade! Please read these comments on the original, very popular, elephant parade post. I am sure this has to do with the animal cruelty protests. The police might feel that it is too volatile and to be fair to them they would be totally ill equipped to handle bolting elephants. So maybe it is for the best. I noticed that WMUR did not cover this year’s circus at all, at all! Very strange.


7/ Though the show is billed ‘Fully Charged‘ this is by far the LOWEST energy Ringling Bros. circus we have seen! Coincidence, or were they hoping that the name will compensate for the lack of whiz-bam-wallop?


The Ugly

1/ The Strong Man acts were flaccid, pathetic, I could have done better! I think he was a stand-in since he is not the one featured in the program. The program shows two fat brothers. This was a fat, not-that-strong guy that looked Chinese. His first act with fake poles, made to look like Scottish cabers, was poor. Pathetic. You could see that they weighed nothing. Then he came back in the second half for another act. All he did was lift a small girl around. I booed. I booed twice. I am sure I have never booed a performer before, since I tend to be quite generous in my appreciation of all performers (having been a stand-up comedian most of my professional life). But, this was beyond the pale. I am sure he was not the proper act. But it was UGLY.

2/ The Tiger Show. I am sorry but this act has to go. There is no place for it in a circus. This act really degraded these majestic animals. They were repeatedly humiliated. They were prodded and provoked. It was ugly. It made me very uneasy. Yes, kids and adults should get a chance to see tigers. I love tigers. I have even touched one. But, this act is cruel. Let them just be brought into a large enclosed ring. Let them just walk or lie around. Washington D.C.’s free National Zoo has a marvelous tiger enclosure. We saw tigers diving into the water for meat. Let them do their own thing. This act has to end. Period.