Who doesn’t love a big show, the excitement of live animals and electrifying acts? Exactly!

The circus is much more than a clown act.  It’s a wonderful learning opportunity from physics to animal science.  An exciting elephant act can lead to great discussion about different species and how elephants are important to the animal kingdom and human society. For more info on elephants click here but keep in mind the same could be done for the Big Cats, horses and any circus animal act.  The video below describes how science is the center of the circus and adds a whole new dimension to the wonder of the circus.

The Franklin Institute had a wonderful exhibit on the Circus, again showcasing the physics and science behind the various components of a “big top” show.   Check out the humorous Fox 29 News video in the link below:

FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

If you hadn’t a chance to catch the circus yet this year, here’s a list of opportunities in our area or check out our review of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus from a few months back.  We had an amazing time and know you will too. Check out these tours:

Big Apple Circus

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey

Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars

My favorite of today’s circus is the mix of technology and tradition.  I love the aerial and trapeze acts which are blended with illumination and sounds effects, enhancing these magical moments of dare.  The circus has an element of illusion and magic.  And speaking of the art and science of illusion, here’s the link to The Illusionist playing in Feb 2015 at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia.

Comment below with your favorite circus act or a lasting circus memory.

Ringling Bros