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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Superhuman athleticism and heroic animal talent join forces in the new Gold Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Super Circus Heroes. Ringmaster David Shipman introduces real life superheroes from around the globe not to fight crime, but to battle boredom in an action-packed, highly interactive production.

From Italy, award-winning clown Davis Vassallo makes his American debut as "Mr. Boredom." He becomes inspired by the superhuman abilities of the elite league of Super Circus Heroes and ultimately realizes his unique comedic ability to entertain was right in front of him all along.

Children Of All Ages will be inspired to discover their own superhuman powers and abilities as they see every bead of sweat and every flexing muscle sitting only a few feet away from live heroes in this action-packed super circus production.

Celebrating the bravery, courage and heroisms that live inside all of us! Ringling Bros. Presents Super Circus Heroes: far from ordinary, beyond extraordinary!

Enroll in Superhero Training Camp at our All Access Pre-show Superhero Party, which takes place FREE with admission on the arena floor one hour before the show. Audiences will tap into their inner superhuman powers while being coached by the professionals at The Greatest Show on Earth® to balance, juggle and more. Try on spectacular costumes, take photos and get autographs with the ultimate instructors, the Super Circus Heroes cast. Audiences step behind the curtain for an exclusive backstage experience which includes a first-hand look at an exotic animal menagerie, from camels to elephants!

We've packed this show with high-flying action and surprises:

The Shaolin Warriors, from China, guardians of the circus, have the superpower of mind over matter. You'll see them use their incredible focus and power to smash through wooden boards and break thick bamboo reeds with the lightening strength of their hands and feet and shatter solid steel bars with their foreheads!

Two brave Bulgarian men with bulging biceps and unwavering strength, The Twin Titans have combined the forces of hand balancing and aerial straps. With precision so perfect, they make every pose look natural. They unite their powers suspended by aerial straps only 2.5 inches wide and with no give; they use the resistance of each other to form indescribable heroic poses high above the arena floor.

Check out these rollerskating artists demonstrate some of their moves from the circus.

You'll meet the gravity-defying Silver Satellites. Flying at lightning speed on roller skates the male/female team orbits the edge of a 5-foot wide circular platform towering at 13 feet above the ring! Rotating at top velocity, the duo stun the audiences with the whirling neck-to-neck spinning cyclone, a daring maneuver where they continue to rotate on their skates while one spins with blinding speed connected to her partner by only a single, short strap.

Check out this daring woman talking on a high-wire at the circus.

The Lopez Family intrigues audiences with two fearless acts including a high-wire act packed with swashbuckling sword fighting, accelerated footwork and inconceivable balancing upon a pencil thin wire high above the arena floor. The Fire Riders battle the barriers of speed as motorcycles whiz within inches of two women atop each other's shoulders stand in the middle of the Globe of Steel.

The world-famous Ringling Bros. Asian elephants exhibit their prowess throughout the show and are presented by Brett and Catherine Carden. Catherine uses more than 100 verbal cues to showcase the incredible natural talents of her "superdogs" who ride atop ponies in a never before seen act. Catherine's diversity as a trainer is evident as she also presents a team of camels in this one-of-a-kind performance.

The Lightning Rods are a trio of hand-balancing Russian super-vixens whose incomparable flexibility, grace and control challenge limits. As they elude elusive lasers, the women use astonishing contortion and calculating dexterity to build shocking positions and reach inconceivable heights.

Only at Ringling Bros. can you see real super heroes fly! The Cuban Comets are an energy-fueled, elite team that soar into a series of high-octane flips launching from the teeterboard. This heroic group will catapult a member from the end of the long teeterboard into a never before attempted quadruple back flip caught by a chair held mid-air.

Under the baton of director Robbie Reading, the legendary, 6-piece Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey band performs a score of over 50 pieces of music live at each performance.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Thursday, August 14 at 7 p.m.

Friday, August 15 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 16 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 17 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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