Circus Vargas delivers high-flying thrills under the Big Top

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Stunts, chills and high-flying thrills! That's what Circus Vargas is promising to deliver as it rolls into Scottsdale this weekend.

Circus Vargas is taking place at The Pavilions at Talking Stick, at the 101 and Indian Bend, in the big tent behind the Home Depot. It will run November 13-24. And organizers say it's not just a show; it's an experience!

"Circus Vargas is different because it's a very interactive show," says spokesperson and master balancer Jon Weiss. "It's also very family friendly. In the first half hour before the show starts, we'll invite your kids in the ring and we'll teach them some circus skills. So we'll teach them to juggle, hula-hoop and balance. Then they get to see the professionals after that."

You'll find some unique acts, like the quick-change artists and the crazy balancing acts. But you'll also see some of the traditional circus acts, like clowns, trapeze artists, and a trampoline show.

And how about some high wire? In the outrageous style of the world-famous Nik Wallenda, Circus Vargas high-wire artist, Walter Meza, will walk blindfolded across the apex of the Big top.

"We are hoping the added excitement of this "Nik Wallenda-type" high-wire walk will be an incentive for people to participate in our Childhelp Holiday Toy Drive. People are fascinated with these outrageous stunts, but we are using it to draw attention to a real cause," says Katya Quiroga, co-owner of Circus Vargas.

You can see this amazing daredevil stunt and donate to a worthy cause at the same time, through Circus Vargas' Holiday Toy Drive and SkyWALK for Childhelp! It's exciting! On Thursday Nov 13, at 4:00 p.m., the first 100 spectators who bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Childhelp will receive a free ticket to any performance of Circus Vargas.

To learn more about Childhelp, visit their website at www.childhelp.org.

For more information about Circus Vargas and to purchase tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com, or call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861). You can also buy tickets at the circus box office, which opens one day prior to the first show.