Comparing Circuses

Saturday, 22 October 2011

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.

Subjective Value Comparison Between Two Circuses
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!