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THE Circus. Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey, Coming To Manchester, NH, For The Very Last Time This Friday.

by Anura Guruge


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This is going to be SAD.

Yes, of course, we have tickets. {SMILE}

We have been going to this circus, in Manchester, without fail, for the last 7 or 8 years. It was a cherished annual ritual.

I will miss it. It was always fun. Often quite the spectacle.

Yes, we noticed that the audience size kept on shrinking. I worried that they would stop coming to New Hampshire. Never expected them to close shop altogether. Ironically there has been a RUN on the tickets for this last appearance. Typical.

I suspect ‘they’ will be back, in a few years, under another name with a scaled-down operation.

Of course I will let you know how it was.


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Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus To Close Forever In May 2017, After 146 Years — A CRYING SHAME!

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This is a CRYING SHAME.

I like the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus. We have been going to their Manchester, NH, performance, each year, without fail, for the last 7 or 8 years. Maybe more.

We were at the Sunday, May 8, 2016 performance. That could very well have been the last performance in New Hampshire.

This is a shame.

I am going to try and get in ONE LAST SHOW before they close. They are supposed to come to Manchester, April 21 to 23, 2017. We will have to go to that, IF that is still on.

I had worried for a few years that they would stop coming to Manchester because attendance was so low. Never thought it would come to this.

So now we have ‘Cirque du Soleil’ and the ‘Big Apple‘. Though we love ‘Cirque’ it is not your old-fashioned, traditional circus and the ‘Big Apple’ no longer comes to New Hampshire.

This is a SHAME.


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Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus (Sans Elephants) Will Be In Manchester In 2017 On April 21 – 23.

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Just a heads up. That is a LONG time away. Not sure that these tickets are any bargain. I will, as usual, go to the Box Office, in person, and get my usual seats in Section 101 for around the $25 mark.


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‘Cirque du Soleil’ “OVO”, Verizon Arena, Manchester, August 28, 2016 — Beyond Incredible.

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Click to access ‘Cirque du Soleil’ multimedia extravaganza for this show.


This was the 4th ‘Cirque du Soleil‘ we have seen (on stage). The others having been ‘Mystere‘ (in Vegas in 2012), ‘Dralion‘ also in 2012 in Manchester, and ‘Varekai‘ in 2014, again in Manchester. We like ‘Cirque du Soleil’ shows (despite the costs) — they are quite the experience.

‘Ovo’ had 5 BEYOND incredible, only possible with ‘Cirque du Soleil’, acts.

They were the: synchronized juggling by the ‘Amazing Ants’, trapeze without the swings, tightrope HAND WALKING, the mindbogglingly CUTE ‘slinky’ and a mesmerizing Diabolo Chinese spinning-top Yo-Yo juggling routine. These were, as they were probably meant to be, WORLD CLASS.

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Most INCREDIBLE circus act I have EVER SEEN and I am a veteran of 70 or 80 circuses, including the “Moscow Circus” in Moscow. I would pay $100 to just see this!

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So, so clever. The ‘creatura’ SLINKY. You have to see it.

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Doing trapeze without swings is something else. Very dramatic.

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Tightrope walking is one thing, but walking on your hands on a tightrope is a whole different matter. This was an amazing display of strength, agility and skill.

The synchronized juggling made the recent synchronized swimming at the Rio Olympics look childish!

These 5 acts just took the show over the top.

There were other great acts too — like the now copied by others — walking the vertical wall act.

The acrobatics, as ever, were in a class of their own and the music, again, as ever, was superb. Yes, we bought the CD (and the Program (as we invariably do). They don’t sell DVDs.

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.

Just INCREDIBLE.

Also incredible that the arena, at best, was only 1/2 full. Yes, we went to what is always the least attended of the shows. That is why we go. Easier to get good tickets and we had outstanding seats. Basically the same ones we get each year to see “Barnum and Bailey” — but these costs 4.5x times more! But am not complaining. And neither was Deanna who often complains that I pay too much for tickets. She loved the show. But I think ‘Cirque du Soleil’ is too expensive and too ‘fancy’ for the New Hampshire crowd. Just worry that they will stop coming to Manchester. That would be a shame.


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Discount Tickets For ‘Cirque du Soleil’ “OVO”, Verizon Arena, Manchester, August 2016.

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Click image to access this $10 off discount offer at ‘The Verizon Arena’.


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‘Cirque du Soleil’ “OVO” Will Be At The Verizon Arena, Manchester, NH — August 25 – 28, 2016.

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Click to access ‘Cirque du Soleil’ multimedia extravaganza for this show.


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Click to access ‘Verizon Arena’ product page for the show.


So yes there will be two circuses at the ‘Verizon Arena‘, Manchester, New Hampshire, this Summer.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey” (which in the past has been in October) — and their last show in NH with elephants — with ‘Circus Xtreme‘ will be here May 5 – 8, 2016.

“Cirque du Soleil” with ‘OVO’ will be here August 25 – 28, 2016.

Well we have not missed a “Ringling Brothers” circus at the Verizon in 8 years and as of 2012 have been trying to see as many “Cirque du Soleil” performances as we can. Saw “Dralion” in 2012 at the Verizon and “Varekai” in 2014 also at the Verizon. Also saw “Mystere” in 2012 but that was in Las Vegas. So this will be our 4th Cirque and the 3rd in Manchester.


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Verizon Arena (Manchester, NH): Special Pi Day $3.14 Tickets For The May 2016 ‘Ringling Brothers’ Circus.

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At the “Verizon Wireless Arena”
Thursday, May 5th to Sunday, May 8th.


I got an e-mail from Verizon (since I am a good customer), on Friday, with this ultra-special Pi Day offer.

Everything 3.14; $3.14 for the Thursday 7pm show, 1st 314 punters buying tickets at the Verizon Box Office starting at 12pm on Monday, March 14, 2016 — Pi Day (of the century).

I deleted the e-mail because I assumed I would find the offer on their Website. WRONG.

You could/should call, (603) 644-5000, IF you are interested in pursuing this quite incredible offer. Thursday night’s don’t work for us. But we always get the CHEAP tickets anyway. SMILE.


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Ringling Brothers Circus In Manchester, NH, May 5 – 8, 2016 — Last Show With Elephants?

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Click here to access the official Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Webpage for this show.


At the “Verizon Wireless Arena”
Thursday, May 5th to Sunday, May 8th.


I was puzzled when I got an e-mail from Verizon (with whom I am registered) that ‘THE CIRCUS‘ was coming to Town, viz. Manchester, New Hampshire (our ‘Queen City’), in May.

For the last 7 years or more the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus had come to Manchester in October. We should know since we have never missed a show during those years.

Yes, last October, with very poor attendance, I did hear staff talking that they might move the show away from October to avoid conflicts with the various Fall Fairs, e.g., Deerfield & Sandwich. So that could have been it.

The timing, early May, intrigued me. They have now stated that they will retire ALL elephant acts ‘IN May’. ‘In’ could mean sometime during that entire month. It is interesting that their promos for the show does feature elephants. So this could be HISTORIC for us. Last Ringling Brothers in Manchester with elephants.

As I have always advised: BEST way to get tickets for the circus (or for that matter any show at the Verizon) is to SOMEHOW, by hook or by crook, go directly to the Box Office at the arena. Buying tickets through ‘TicketMaster‘ is a SCAM.


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Us, A Picture, At The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus In Manchester, N.H. — Oct. 4, 2015.

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That is us, in case you didn’t realize, at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus, ‘Legends‘, in at the Verizon Arena, Manchester, NH, on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

We go to this circus, i.e., Ringling Brothers etc. etc., in Manchester, in October, every year, without fail — having started doing so in 2007 when Teischan was 1. We took her to the “Big Apple Circus” when she was a few months old, in 2006, but she didn’t appreciate it much.

During the last few years we invariably have our picture taken — since for whatever reason we only get our picture taken, as a family, when we go to events like this. So this is the 2015 ‘circus’ picture.

Mainly ‘green screen’ magic. Just the two plastic tigers we are ‘posing’ around were ‘real’ — if one can really call a plastic tiger ‘real’. The other tigers were pasted on, digitally, to the picture. The irony is that the ONE ACT that we all, in rare unison, hate is the ‘Big Cat’ tiger hat. Yes, we should have refrained from having this picture taken.

The circus was ‘OK’ — but that kind of goes without saying. Kind of like a definition. It was, however, the MOST low-key, low-tech, spectacle-challenged Ringling & Barnum circus we have been to. Deanna found that refreshing. It was, in her thinking, more ‘approachable’. All the kids, and I am not just talking about our two, loved it and that, in the end, is all that matters. Plus, I can’t complain, not that I really would. We got complimentary seats and they were good ones at that. I will write more about the circus tomorrow. OK?


Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, In Manchester, NH, October 1 – 4, 2015, With Elephants.

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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, the master marketers they are, making use of (‘exploiting’ would be too strong a term) Tuesday’s ‘Elephant Appreciation Day’ to remind us that the circus, with elephants, will be back in town, in Manchester, NH, as usual, for the October circus. There are, I am sure, also trying to make sure that we all appreciate that there will STILL indeed be elephants at this show. Yes, they plan to phase out elephants from their shows but that will NOT be in 2015 or even 2016. But the message is clear — the days of seeing elephants in U.S. circuses are numbered. As I have said before I have mixed feelings about this. While lions and tigers — and rabbits — performing in circuses bother me, greatly, I don’t have a major gripe with elephant, horse or dog acts. Basically I know that these animals will perform to please — while I am not sure about that with lions and tigers. But then there is the whole issue with the training and overall treatment. So in a way it is good that we will soon not be seeing elephants.

Just because the elephants will be in Manchester, PLEASE do not expect to see the elephant parade of old. That is history. Too dangerous with all the protestors. So as has been the case in the last few years the elephants, like the tigers and lions, will be trucked from/to the train and they will even do that during the second half of the performance.

Yes, we will go to the circus as we have for the last 7 or 8 years. I will do another post on the circus … promise.