Get ready to experience the circus like never before! Built to Amaze is the latest embodiment of circus
entertainment brought to you by the Ringling Brothers franchise, and has been selling out venues at every stop of its tour.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus has delivered premier family entertainment since 1919. Here's your chance to
see The Greatest Show on Earth, filled with lion tamers, elephants, clowns, acrobats, and much more! Built to Amaze will be
performed at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC on Mar. 20, 21, 22, and 23. Check your schedule to see if any of these dates
work for you! Book your seats as soon as possible to see this dazzling show!
This electrifying circus was launched back
in the 19th century, and the first recorded circus show was held in 1871. The show has been an amazing success since then,
and its popularity only dwindled slightly when the Great Depression hit. By the time that dark time was over, the circus easily
got back on its feet, and fans fell in love with the show all over again. The spellbinding circus attracts performers from
all over the world, and tickets to see the show are in higher demand than ever before. This type of extravaganza is something
that the whole family can enjoy! Get ready to watch incredible magicians and brave trapeze artists show off their legendary
Kids of all ages will love Ringling Bros. newest circus event! The show brings
fun and excitement to audiences all across the nation. Get ready to see circus performers from over demonstrate their astounding
acrobatic skills and incredible bravery. You won't want to miss out on this red-hot party when it stops in a town near you!
Book your tickets through StubHub, and enjoy an exciting night out!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Circus is a circus company billed as The Greatest Show on Earth. The company got started in 1919 when the circus created
by James Anthony Bailey and P. T. Barnum was merged with the Ringling Brothers Circus.
Brothers bought the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907, but ran the circuses separately until they were finally merged in
1919. In 1957, John Ringling North began holding circuses at venues, such as sports stadiums that had the seating already
in place, instead of at portable tents. In 1967, Irvin Feld bought the circus, but he sold it to Mattel in 1971. He bought
it back in 1982.
In 1875, Dan Castello and William Cameron Coup convinced Barnum to lend his name and financial backing
to the circus they had already created in Delavan, Wisconsin. It was called "P.T. Barnum's Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie,
Caravan, and Hippodrome." The name "Greatest Show on Earth" was added later.
Independently of Castello and Coup, James
Anthony Bailey had teamed up with James E. Cooper to conceive the Cooper and Bailey Circus in the 1860s. The Cooper and Bailey
Circus soon became Barnum's main competitor, exhibiting "Columbia," the first baby elephant ever born in the United States.
She was born in March 1880 in Philadelphia, to "Babe" and "Mandarin." Barnum tried to buy the elephant. They later agreed
to combine their shows in 1881. In 1882, the combined "Barnum & Bailey Circus" was successful with acts including Jumbo,
advertised as the world's largest elephant. Barnum died in 1891, after which Bailey bought the circus from his widow. Bailey
kept touring across the eastern United States until he took his circus to Europe. That tour began on December 27, 1897 and
lasted until 1902.
In 1884, five of the seven Ringling brothers had launched a small circus around the same time that
Barnum & Bailey were at the peak of their popularity. Much like dozens of small circuses that toured the Midwest and the
Northeast at the time, the Ringlings moved their circus from town to town in small animal-drawn caravans. Their circus grew
at a rapid pace, and they were soon able to move their circus by train, which allowed them to have the largest traveling amusement
enterprise of that time. Bailey's European tour provided the Ringling brothers with an opportunity to move their show from
the Midwest to the eastern seaboard. Faced with the new competition, Bailey took his show west of the Rocky Mountains for
the first time in 1905. He died the next year and the circus was sold to the Ringling Brothers.
The Ringlings bought
out the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907 and oversaw the circuses separately until 1919. By that time, Charles Edward Ringling
and John Nicholas Ringling were the only remaining brothers of the five who served as founders of the circus. They decided
that it was too complicated to manage the two circuses independently, so on March 29, 1919, "Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Combined Shows" made its debut in New York City. Charles E. Ringling died in 1926, but the circus prospered throughout
the Roaring Twenties era.