Abraham and I have been to two different circuses this year. In May we saw the Kelly Miller Circus in Connersville, Indiana. Last Wednesday we saw the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Cleveland, Ohio. Here’s a comparison.
|Metric||Kelly Miller Circus||Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus||Advantage|
|Number of Rings||1||3||Kelly Miller|
|Ticket Price||$43 (3 tickets, front row seating)||$39 (3 tickets, middling seats on discount night)||Kelly Miller|
|Tiger Show||Energetic tiger tricks||Too many tigers to trick||Kelly Miller|
|Hotness of Circus Girls||7 out of 10||8 out of 10 (but with more depth)||Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey|
|Proximity to Elephants||Abraham could have touched their trunks||Not so much||Kelly Miller|
|Authenticity||Lots of hard work, passion, professional but not “professional”.||Managed, brand-protected business. Slick, corporate & profit-maximized.||Kelly Miller|
|Clowns (funny)||Yes||Not so much||Kelly Miller|
|Clowns (scary)||No||I was suspicious||Kelly Miller|
|Clowns (cute)||No||The girl clown was cute.||Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey|
|Abraham’s enjoyment level||Mind: Blown||More interested in sno-cones||Kelly Miller|
|Websites||Basic, simple, ugly design.||Flash intro and auto-playing music that you can’t turn off.||Kelly Miller|
Obviously, the Kelly Miller Circus was a better deal and a better time, despite the fact that it doesn’t have the production values, deep pockets, or branding of RBaB&B. Let’s hear it for the little guy!