Presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the Barnum’s FUNundrum may not be an exaggeration in calling itself “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The circus extravaganza last weekend was filled with amazement from beginning to end and the only downtime was the brief intermission just so the audience didn’t lose their eyesight from staring too long.

Presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the Barnum’s FUNundrum may not be an exaggeration in calling itself “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The circus extravaganza last weekend was filled with amazement from beginning to end and the only downtime was the brief intermission just so the audience didn’t lose their eyesight from staring too long.

The excitement started with the all access pre-show, allowing the audience to get on the arena floor to meet the performers and see them show off their circus skills from a short distance. The pre-show filled the arena floor with clowns and their goofy acts, a juggler who juggled five pins at a time, various sparkling circus costumes for the attendees to try on, 15 feet tall people, and most amazingly, an elephant that paints.

The main show bombarded the audience with jaw-dropping acts one after another, with zero break time between the acts. The ringmaster opened the show with his energetic announcements and grandiose singing, which added an amazing atmosphere through the entire show. All the performers, including the elephants, did a quick round around the arena as the ringmaster introduced the circus. As the light dimmed, the show started inconspicuously with acts of aerial strength and dexterity display by three groups of gymnasts from different places of the world.

Just as the audience was busy looking up, the Puyang troupe from China got themselves ready for their dazzling display of balance as they later bounced and flipped to impossible heights on bouncy planks. They also brought out some lively Lion Dancers who not only jumped and danced, but also stacked onto a lion dancer pyramid. The show continued with some real animals, as a tiger tamer showed some beautiful large felines. The big cats sat up, rolled, moved around, and jumped over one another as asked, with their whiskers showing their interest the whole time.

Clowns came back out en masse while pretending to be contortionists, Siamese twin, hermaphrodite, and a caged madman – who later exposed all their disguises. After some random laughter, three pairs of hand balancers showed off even more dexterity and strength, holding each others up in unimaginable positions. Next up was a guy who walked over flames and glass, and three body benders who came out of a cube roughly the size of three cubic feet. Then it was the feat of strength to the extreme, as Mighty Meetal held up over 1,200 pounds.

The amazement continued as wire-walkers balanced themselves across two platforms many feet above ground, in many challenging settings. Looking back down afterward, five, six, and then seven motorcycle riders twirled around in the Globe of Steel. Then, almost 100,000 pounds of animals were brought out, including horses, elephants, ponies, mules, and a dog. As they cleared the floor, the clowns were back – only this time as parodies of superheroes.

The rest of the performances included flying trapeze, who attempted the elusive quadruple somersault; ten flipping gymnasts on a teeterboard; a motorcycle over steel wire; and two-tiered trampoline artists. The evening proceeded with many other entertaining acts in between to keep the atmosphere strong.

       

Barnum’s FUNundrum has all the usual circus acts, but it takes them to another level of excitement with a lively host, exotic performers from six continents and extraordinary acts in comparison. “The Greatest Show on Earth” was at the Comcast Arena at Everett from August 26 to 29. For more information and where they will be next, visit www.ringling.com.

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