Great American (and World) Circus Brands

Clyde BeattyWhile we all know the Ringling, what are the others?

SARASOTA – The circus was coming through town tonight. Actually through Tampa, but close enough. Because I live in Sarasota, I think a lot about circus brands. Here are a few, and they are not just Ringling:

U.S. Circuses

  • Clyde Beatty Circus Founded in 1956, it’s one of the traditional tent circuses, and amazing it is still around.
  • Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Not much else to say. Icon. Their website is freakin’ great. I love it that they have three tours, a red tour, a gold tour and a blue tour. Still, they ought to think about doing a brand spin-off; they really need to recreate the P.T. Barnum show as first, an act in the show, and then secondly as a spin off attraction, separate from the regular circus.
  • Teatro ZinZanni, based on the west coast, is a dinner theater circus in Seattle and San Francisco.
  • Big Apple Circus: An old-style circus in New York.
  • Circus Circus: Las Vegas casino has, of course, a circus operation, Dan Tanna style. Dan Tanna lived next door, and James Bond visited in Diamonds are Forever.

Circuses Around the World

Artsy Francophone Circus Companies

Non-profit Circus Companies

Know of any others? Please leave comments at the end and we can gather a full listing of circus brands around the world.

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