“Mom, I just can’t choose. I loved the whole thing!” After seeing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Built to Amaze! you  may feel the same way….unless of course you don’t care for laughter, surprises, and thrills. Our family had an amazing time – from pre-show to grand finale. While hard to select favorite moments, here is a peek at what we loved.


Davis Vassallo stole much of the show – through comedy and charm. The entire Moda Center erupted with laughter as he entertained us with his trampoline routine. The best part of his act however, centered around the way he involved random members of the audience. You would never imagine something so simple and silly to be so hilarious – but watching Davis construct a “band” with various circus-goers was a highlight of the night.

For my son, the animals stole the show. From the Zoppe Equestrian act (a favorite since we have a horse!), to the Comedy Dog Act from the Olate Family, the animals of the circus are a joy to watch. I challenge you to watch a fluffy dog dance in a skirt and not break into a huge smile! Of course, no trip to the circus would be complete without the elephants. Asia and April did not disappoint. They were absolutely adorable and a big crowd-favorite.

My youngest son, a serious fan of all things vehicular, LOVED the motorcycle acts. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him clap so hard. It’s hard not to be impressed while watching THREE motorcycles zoom around in a metal globe. It’s crazy – and a must-see….unless you’re the performers’ mother. She shouldn’t watch. 😉

Ringling Bros. has a fantastic way of holding the attention of the audience while clearing and preparing the center ring, and one of our favorite acts came out of nowhere in the most fantastic way. All of a sudden a motorcycle appears – on a high wire….with not one but TWO girls dangling from it. Up and down it goes – as all three performers do incredible tricks. I won’t tell you what the act’s finale is – but WOW! Absolutely incredible.



If you are in the Portland area, you can still catch this show! Here are the remaining showtimes:

Friday, Sept 18                        7:00 PM

Saturday, Sept 19                   11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, Sept 20                     12:30 PM & 4:30 PM

All seats are reserved; tickets available to purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the Moda Center Box Office. 


Not in Portland? Check www.ringling.com to see if any show are scheduled in YOUR area!

Everyone needs a trip to the circus. Get your tickets and don’t miss out on this incredible experience!