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Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013 (slide show)

Little New Yorkers tell us what they love most about the circus, and what they’re most excited about for this year’s Big Apple Circus: Luminocity!


We were wowed by this year’s Big Apple Circus, which finally arrived at Lincoln Center on  Friday, October 25. And what better way to welcome the original city spectacle than with an NYC-themed show? Among the amazing acts were characters familiar to every city kid, such as clowns pretending to be lost tourists, a pickpocketing magician, trapeze artists masked as businesswomen and a teeterboard troupe wearing costumes that looked like fireworks.

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Before Saturday’s show, we chatted with little circusgoers to see what they were most excited about seeing at the Big Apple Circus. Click through our slide show to see their answers, as well as a sneak peak of what’s in store at this year's show.

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Sarah and Elizabeth, Upper West Side
    Have you ever been to the circus before?
    Elizabeth: “Yeah, we came to the Big Apple Circus last year. It was really fun. I really liked the whole thing.”
    Sarah: “There were a lot of tricks. I liked the contortionist. It was freaky but it was really cool.”
    If you were to run away and join the circus, what would you be?
    Sarah: “I’d be a lion tamer! I love lions.”
    Elizabeth: “I think I’d do the trapeze and fly around.”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Ashley, 7, New Jersey
    What are you hoping to see today?
    “Horses!”
    Do you like clowns?
    “Just a little.”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Circus performers entertained kids as they waited to enter the Big Top.

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    From left to right: Sara, 8, Sophie, 8 and Kika, 9
    Have you been to the circus? What was your favorite thing?

    Sara: “I’ve been to the circus once.”
    Sophie: “I liked the animals.”
    Kika: “The trapeze is my favorite!”
    Would you ever join the circus?
    Sophie: “No. Too much work!”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Theo, 6, Hell’s Kitchen
    What did you see last time your were at the circus?
    “Clowns. I like them. I hope to see tigers today, and elephants too, and horses. I like the acrobats. They fly.”
    Would you ever join the circus?
    “Yeah. I would be an acrobat on the tightrope.”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Max, 8, Upper West Side
    Have you been to the circus before?
    “I go to the circus every year. I really like it a lot. Last year there wasn’t any trapeze but it was still really good. I like the part where the people are on the stools and bend their bodies in different ways.”
    If you were in the circus, what would you be?
    “I’d be a clown.”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Karinah, 4, Bronx
    What do you love most about the circus?
    “Bubbles! I like popping them.”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Dana, 11, and Jania, 7, Manhattan
    Have you been to the circus before?
    Dana: “We went to the circus but not this one.”
    Jania: “It was fun. You see different animals. It was spectacular! I love when you see the elephants. If I was in the circus I would be the one riding on the elephants.”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Dashiell, 4, Inwood
    What's your favorite thing about the circus?

    “I liked the horses. And the dogs run around and play.”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Ava, 3 and Addison, 6, New Jersey
    Have you been to the circus before?
    Ava: “Yeah!”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Ashley, 6, and Samantha, 4, New Jersey
    What are you hoping to see today?
    Samantha: “Elephants dancing!”
    Ashley: “Lions… juggling!”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Isabella, 9, and Darian, 8, Westchester
    Have you been to the circus?
    Isabella: “I’ve been to the circus but it was a really long time ago. My favorite part is the animals.”
    If you were in the circus, what would you be?
    Isabella: “I would want to be a clown because they’re funny.”

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane opened the show.

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Among this year's New York City–themed acts was a clown pretending to be a lost tourist.

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    This clown showed off his cool tricks, including balancing porcelain plates.

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    The show also came with a friendly warning from a pickpocketing clown: Watch out for your belongings, especially around Times Square!

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Times Square tourists got jostled in the crowd.

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    This painter had some serious skills on his ladder.

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Kids loved the parade of pups who just about stole the show!

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    We loved the miniature pony (not to mention the puppy riding him!)

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    Ty Tojo wowed the audience with his juggling prowess.

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    These trapeze artists fooled the crowd by arriving in business attire.

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    The Acro-Duo performed their entire hand-to-hand routine with no props—just incredible strength.

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    Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

    The Acro-Duo amazed us with their geometric poses.

Photograph: Grace Chu

Opening weekend at the Big Apple Circus 2013

Sarah and Elizabeth, Upper West Side
Have you ever been to the circus before?
Elizabeth: “Yeah, we came to the Big Apple Circus last year. It was really fun. I really liked the whole thing.”
Sarah: “There were a lot of tricks. I liked the contortionist. It was freaky but it was really cool.”
If you were to run away and join the circus, what would you be?
Sarah: “I’d be a lion tamer! I love lions.”
Elizabeth: “I think I’d do the trapeze and fly around.”


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