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Circus 1903: The Golden Age of Circus!

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The members of Los Lopez perform a highwire act during the opening night of “CIRCUS 1903” at Paris Las Vegas on July 25, 2017. Photo Courtesy of Circus 1903.

Las Vegas has always had a wild side. Now it has a circus. Taking its name and inspiration from the days when caravans of traveling troubadours crossed the country to entertain with shows of skill and strength, Circus 1903 at Paris Las Vegas captures the bygone era by modernizing the adventures of the old big-top.

You won’t find live elephants—or any animals—for that matter. Instead, the master puppeteers from the highly acclaimed “War Horse” bring to life the exoskeleton giants, Queenie and boisterous baby Peanut, with their own ballet-like movements.

Circus 1903

Puppeteers and cast members perform with an elephant puppet named Queenie during the opening night of “CIRCUS 1903” at Paris Las Vegas on July 25, 2017. Photo Courtesy of Circus 1903.

We also get the wild circus acts we come to expect. Dressed in elaborate early 20th-century costumes, acrobats leap off a seesaw into intricate flips; a juggler spins and tosses clubs airborne; a family of high-wire walkers tackles the tightrope on bicycles; and a contortionist, going by the name “The Elastic Dislocationalist,” highlights a sideshow act twisting her body into knots.

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Juggler Francois “The Great Gaston” Borie performs during the opening night of “CIRCUS 1903” at Paris Las Vegas on July 25, 2017. Photo Courtesy of Circus 1903.

Presiding over it all is ringmaster Willy Whipsnade. The mustachioed man at the helm is constantly interacting with the audience and pulls up several young volunteers to perform tricks with coins, playing cards and pies (that’s a warning for all dads). As he orchestrates a magical time for the children, he creates a sidesplitting experience for the rest of us.

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