“We’re going to the circus! We’re going to the circus” exclaimed Yuvia, my best friend’s daughter, on our way to the Honda Center. We were going to see the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme! She was so excited to see the elephants and her little buddy Vanessa couldn’t wait to see the acrobats. We arrived at Honda Center promptly at 7:30pm for show time to begin.
The show is led by ringmaster David Shipman where he takes you on a journey from the hottest deserts, to the highest mountains and the deepest jungles. The Asian elephants stole the show from the beginning. Did you know that Asian elephants are pregnant for 22 months and newborns weigh between 200 and 400 pounds at birth? Wow! The Asian elephants paraded and showed their tricks to the audience and the girls loved it! Then, the camels made their appearance with some acrobats on their backs. It was amazing to see Robert Stipka, the animal trainer, lead the camels and the women to do tricks on the backs of the camels. Next, we saw the Danguir Troupe reach great heights as they performed for us on a high wire, more than 35 feet above the arena floor. These acrobats took great risks to show us how they walk a line! My niece’s favorite acrobats were the Sirens of the Sea. They wore neon colored clothes and jumped up and down and tumbled back and forth to create long lines.
The next performers were the Mongolian Marvels and the one trick that is a must see is the human pyramid. It is unbelievable! Unfortunately, my nephews were unable to join me to the circus but if they would have gone I know they would have enjoyed daredevil Benny Ibarra who maneuvers the 16,000 pound Wheel of Steel. They would have also enjoyed the Art on Trampoline troupe as they took gymnastic talent to extreme heights. And who could forget the freestyle BMX riding as well. The circus caters to children of all ages. My favorite part of the circus was the tigers. Tabayara Maluenda, a sixth-generation circus performer knows how to build trust with tigers and he performs several tricks with these ferocious animals which he manages to keep docile throughout the show. He makes them roll over, stand up and beg. It is jaw dropping!
As we continued to see the show, we see a human shoot out of a cannon! We all squealed when this happened. Her name is Gemma Kerby. She is the youngest human cannonball ever. It’s awesome! Then we saw the clowns try to reach the top of a mountain and clumsily fail to do so. It was too funny. Next we saw Alex and Irina lead a comedy troupe of more than 16 comedic canines to perform tricks for the audience. The poodles jump over each other, make lines and do other cool tricks.
The show is 2 hours long with a 15 minute intermission. Get there on time… you will not want to miss one minute of it!