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It's all very impressive. Some of the clown routines pander to kids (like the Goldilocks story hour), and not all the acrobatics are flawless, but there's enough skilled circus mayhem to fascinate adults. The lack of a story line is a problem; and anyone who saw the show in '95 will remember Pino the Clown riding backward on her bike and tossing cereal bowls with one foot onto her head. This may not be the freshest Pickle in the barrel. But any circus is such a rare event these days that a strong annual show is nothing to wrinkle your nose at, and good circus acts keep well from year to year.

-- Michael Scott Moore

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