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!