Circus Vargas comes to Arizona

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by Allison Alexander

azfamily.com

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

One of the last traveling big top circus acts in the United States is in town, bringing its family-friendly acts to Arizona. 

You won't find any elephants or tigers at Circus Vargas, but what you will find is some amazing acts, including bungee ballet, jugglers and hula hoop artists. Also, some balancing acts that will knock you off your feet!

Circus Vargas takes the audience on an artistic journey, encompassing the cultures of the world, elegantly achieved through a series of circus vignettes depicting the experiences, memories and vision of a traveling circus performer.

Performer Jon Weiss does an interactive pre-show where he teaches kids who come to the show a few tricks, so be sure to arrive a little early. 

You can see Circus Vargas Thursday night through Feb. 6 at Arizona Mills. Just look for the blue tent next to Joe's Crab Shack. Tickets range from $15 to $50.

The tent consists of 90,000 square feet of fabric and is supported by 500 individually placed stakes and over four miles of rope and cable weighing more than 17 tons. The entire setup represents an outlay of a cool million dollars!

Each set-up day, at the crack of dawn, 30 men start the seven-hour process of raising the Big Top and each tear-down night, by the light of the moon, the same 30 men roll the tent up and pack it carefully to travel to the next town, where the process begins anew. After Feb. 6, Circus Vargas will travel to Phoenix. It will be at Metrocenter Mall from Feb. 9 to Feb. 13.

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