I had to continue my tradition of seeing the circus every year, especially since I was able to get an incredible close-up seat. This year was definitely better than last year, mainly because of the Globe of Death! The Globe is a steel sphere that ends up filled with motorcycles driving around at high speed, even completely horizontal and sometimes upside down. They advertised five cycles going at once, but they actually did six! I was totally screaming while they were driving around - it was amazing! Being so close made everything more exciting - seeing the tigers and hearing them growl, looking into the elephant's eyes (and smelling them), and enjoying the clowns and the dancing girls, too. The main clown was Bello, who I saw two years ago, and I think he's great - he's a very acrobatic clown and even walks tightrope. The finale (right after the Globe of Death) was Bailey's Comet - they never revealed what it actually was, but it turned out to be a human cannonball, but the guy was on fire! It was cool that they shot him right over the Globe of Death, and then he just got off the inflatable pad (which caught on fire) and just stood there burning while everyone applauded. The sheer spectacle of the whole thing, including the awesome live music, is just stupendous - I just can't help being a circus fan! To get a taste of the fun, enjoy the pics I took before the show.
View photos: Ringling Circus 2004