Circus 1903

Photo by Scott Levy MSG

In a world of complications, a bit of escapist entertainment might just hit the spot right now. There’s no greater getaway than Circus 1903. “I never thought I’d be the ringmaster of any kind, let alone a circus like this,” recalls David Williamson, a magician by trade who has taken on the top hat of big top emcee Willy Whipsnade. “I was in the cast of The Illusionists. For 15 years, producer Simon Painter told me he had this idea: a retro throwback old-school old-fashioned circus!” Williamson expects people to be wowed not only by the families of acrobats, but also the life-size elephant puppet, created by the team from War Horse. “People are never ready for the emotional impact of the elephants. I wasn’t even prepared, but when they hit the lights and the mist…I had a lump in my throat. It is about what human beings are capable of.”

2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and June 11; 7:30 p.m. June 9. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit $40 to $46.

[Organizer's Description:]

The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular. Sensational puppetry puts elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more! Discover the golden age of circus this summer as CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus sets to captivate audiences of all ages.
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