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Ringling Bros. brings 'Built to Amaze' to the Arena

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The Ringling Bros.’ Tower Tumblers is a troupe of competitive aerial athletes from Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, repel and pass through a three-story high translucent tower. The Tower Tumblers will leave audiences spell-bound by using an unusual trampoline apparatus to perform rare acrobatic combinations of calculated strength and daring precision to defy gravity. (Special Photo)

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Tabayara, standing fearless inside the tiger arena, eye to eye with 13 ferocious exotic big cats, creates a thrilling display of absolute amazement between a man and his tigers. Tabayara and these mighty tigers jump, roar, dance and have the audience on the edge of their seats. (Special Photo)

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The world-famous Clown Alley is the foundation of Built to Amaze! and will tickle the audiences’ funny bones with hysterical silly antics and clownish comedy. (Special Photo

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The Danguir family will dazzle as they raise the roof, looming high above the arena floor on a high-wire as thin a pencil, as they execute difficult acrobatics and dangerous stunts. The Danguirs’ construct two-man pyramids and intricate jumps, including an incredible one man leap from one troupe member’s shoulder to another’s. (Special Photo)

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Ringling Bros.’ beloved animal presentations will delight all as Ringling constructs a mesmerizing living carousel uniting powerful yet elegant Fijord, Friesian and Arab horses remarkably synchronized with beautiful aerialists suspended above the arena floor. (Special Photo)

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Ringling Bros. brings a spirited and fiery competition of basketball with the next generation of whirling unicyclists, the legendary King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City. The King Charles Troupe was first featured in 1969 by Ringling Bros. producer Irvin Feld, grandfather of producers Nicole Feld and Alana Feld. Now a new generation of producer and performer has come together again. A dozen basketball players present a continuous whirling display of one-wheeled excitement while perilously perched on unicycles, some teetering more than 10 feet in the air. (Special Photo)

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A number of animals are featured in Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey’s Built to Amaze. Pictured here are elephants performing in the ring. (Special Photo)

IF YOU GO

• What: Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents Built to Amaze!

• When: Friday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 9

• Where: Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth

• Cost: $18 to $103

• For more information: Visit www.gwinnettcente...>

Andre McClain calls himself an overglorified fan of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s circus. And his job as ringmaster is to share his love of the show with audiences.

Ringling is bringing its latest “greatest show on Earth,” complete with a construction theme, to the Arena at Gwinnett Center this weekend. The show features a variety of acts showcasing performers from 17 different countries.

“This is truly a show that you don’t want to miss,” McClain said. “It’s bigger that the show last year and it’s a totally different show than what we’ve ever put on.”

This is the 143rd edition of Ringling’s circus shows and McClain’s first show as a ringmaster.

“Although I never dreamed it, it’s like a dream come true that I never dreamed,” he said. “Everyone wants to do something they love a make a living at it. I love what I do. I make a living at making people happy. They do the same for me.”