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Houston — By Christina Uticone on July 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm
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The Greatest Show On Earth!

ringling bros, barnum & bailey, circus, big topRemember being a kid and wanting to run away with the circus?  I always dreamed about walking the tightrope in a sparkly, spangly costume and ballet slippers, dancing through the air above the crowd as they “ooohed” and “ahhhed” at my grace and agility.  I fancied myself an acrobat on the ground as well, imagining myself performing fearless acts of gymnastics: jumping through rings of fire, or perhaps doing a series of backflips over a bed of hot coals, landing (in a physics-defying act of imagination!) atop an elephant, as the crowd roared my name during wild, thunderous applause!

I’ve grown up (though not much taller) since those days but the fantasy and excitement that surrounds the circus atmosphere is still there, and I am thrilled that The Greatest Show on Earth has come to Houston.  The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ Zing Zang Zoom Tour starts today, July 7 and runs through July 25 at Reliant Stadium.

An imaginative mix of magic, fantasy, and circus thrills, the Zing Zang Zoom show features some of the most exciting magicians and performers in the world, including:

magic, families, circus, illusionAlex Ramon, a world class illusionist who has been performing magic since he was a teenager; The Fernandez Brothers defy description – jugglers, stunt masters, daredevils, acrobats – but whatever you call them, these brothers bring drama and excitement to the show; Hans Klose grew up in the circus (his father an acrobat and a juggler, his mother a Radio City Music Hall Rockette!) and he performs with 12 dogs, many of which are rescues; The Lopez Family performs the high-wire act I dreamed about as a child, – no nets or safety wires, and with jump ropes, bicycles … and blindfolds!  The act is comprised of Johan and Jonathan (who are fourth generation circus performers) as well as their wives.

And that’s just a short list of a few of the amazing performers appearing in the 139th edition of the Zing Zang Zoom tour … and did I mention the disappearing 4-ton elephant?!

In addition to the main show, there is also an All-Access Pre-Show that is open to visitors in the hour before the show starts.  The pre-show includes a Clown College, a painting elephant, an Orange County Chopper custom motorcycle, a magic show, and an opportunity to meet the performers and get autographs.  Houston is also fortunate to be able to offer a special Animal Open House tour, where kids and families can visit with the animals who star in the show and meet the wonderful folks who care for them behind-the-scenes.  Open house begins 90 minutes prior to show time and ends 30 minutes before show time, so animal lovers should show up early!

What: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ Zing Zang Zoom Tour

Where: Reliant Stadium at Reliant Park, 1 Reliant Park (map)

When: July 7-July 25

  • Wednesday July 7, 7:30 PM
  • Thursday July 8, 7:30 PM
  • Friday July 9, 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday July 10, 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday July 11, 1 PM & 5 PM
  • Wednesday July 14, 7:30 PM
  • Thursday July 15, 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
  • Friday July 16, 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday July 17, 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday July 18, 1 PM & 5 PM
  • Wednesday July 21, 7:30 PM
  • Thursday July 22, 7:30 PM
  • Friday July 23, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday July 24, 11 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday July 25, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets, and Ticketmaster online, by calling 800.745.3000, and at the Reliant Stadium South ticket windows.  Prices range from $16-$125.

Parking and Directions: Additional information, including directions and parking information, can be found online.  Please note there is an $8 parking fee per vehicle.

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