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“Disappointing”
Review of Circus Sarasota

Circus Sarasota
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Sarasota, Florida is known as the “Circus Capital of the World,” and Circus Sarasota is our resident hometown circus. Annual professional performances are showcased in a one-ring, five-star, European-style Big Top tent. Circus Sarasota is acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and entertainment. Ticket prices vary according to seat selection. We invite you to visit our website and sign up for emails to stay current on performance dates and Circus Sarasota events.
Toronto
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

If you've seen Circus Smirkus or Cirque du Soleil, don't attend this show expecting the same calibre of polished performances. By the time the show got to the final act -- a high flying trapeze act -- I was very relieved to see a net given the number of fumbles and falls that had preceded this act. Particularly notable (not in a good way) was the tightrope walker who appeared nervous and fell repeatedly.

There was a certain charm to some of the acts (particularly the adorable dogs) and the crossbow artist was impressive, but overall we were disappointed.

Even at a Saturday matinee, there were many empty seats so likely no need to book in advance.

Visited February 2014
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Schwaz, Austria
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“circus magic & fun for all”
Reviewed 13 February 2014

There's a bit of old time, small town to this circus - in the very best sense. Everyone involved is smiling and friendly, all of the seating is relatively close to the performance ring, and the show is staged and conducted in a classic circus manner. The acts ranged from outstanding [Chinese dance acrobats, several of the jugglers] to very good - however all were professionally performed with great energy and enthusiasm. There are 2 hours of performances plus a 20 minute intermission. Nearly all the acts appeal to both adults [may bring back many memories] and children - perhaps with the exception of one clown act, which was more for small kids. In summary, a great way to experience a disappearing art form for a reasonable charge.

Visited February 2014
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oldsmar,fl
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“falls”
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Went to Circus on Feb.8.Wehave been attending for a few years and have to say that this show was a disappointment.I have never seen so many falls.The trapeze act was unable to complete their big finale.Tightrope act fell twice,juggler dropped ball,etc.My wife thinks that this was all done on purpose.Highly doubtful.There were two juggling acts and the clown act went on too long.More variety is needed.It pains me to write this review,but be forewarned.

Visited February 2014
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Florida
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Unusual Circus Show Is Fantastic”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Circus Sarasota is always good, but they have brought a really unusual show in that will run only through December 1 that is fantastic. It's a troop of 8 acrobats called Vague de Cirque who perform in a small tent (200 seats), so you almost couldn't be any closer than if you were in the show! They are set up in the parking lot of Sarasota Square Mall. Pretty avante-garde - not like your standard circus, but my whole family loved it (including 10 and 14-year-old daughters). Several acts were so beautiful they brought tears to our eyes. The seats are arranged like a cabaret, with tables.

Visited November 2013
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“great show - terrible seats”
Reviewed 25 March 2013

as the title says, the show is great! Unfortunately the seats are something else. I could barely stay till the end of the show because the bleachers are way too narrow and my butt was in pain. Something needs to be done about this to make the experience magnificent

Visited February 2013
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