Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Las Vegas Photography: The Circus Comes To Town!

The circus!  Who doesn't love a good circus?  It doesn't matter how many times you've seen the clowns, or the man who shoots himself out of a canon, or the animals, the jugglers, the contortionist, or even the four motorcycles racing around inside a sphere seemingly too small for them to fit.  It never really seems to get old!  The circus is just one of those things that always be enjoyable to the young and old.

The Orleans Arena recently hosted The Circus Spectacular from Jan 5-8.  I was there to photograph one show each day.  With a three hour runtime, there's a lot of entertainment.  In fact, there's so much entertainment that the circus can't even feature all of their acts.  One of the interesting things I noticed that was omitted from all performances except the opening night was the use of fire.  Seeing someone juggling fire while walking the outside of the Wheel of Death, 75 feet above the ground with no safety net, really packs a visual punch.  There are apparently some restrictions against the use of fire inside The Orleans Arena so all elements of fire were removed from the remaining shows, which I think is rather unfortunate.  

Seeing a show five times can be a bit overkill, but each time I watched the show I was entertained!  Granted I was concentrating on trying to capture everything through my camera lens, but the performances never got old.  There's always an element of danger in every act and the slight chance something unexpected can happen; and I guess that's what always makes it so entertaining.  

The Circus Spectacular is a top-notch circus.  I look forward to attending next year and hopefully having the opportunity to work for them again as their photographer.

Pics from the show below. Click on any picture to be taken to the full gallery of pictures.


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Circus Spectacular

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