Circus Goes Atomic! Spiegelworld's New Show in Las Vegas

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Circus Goes Atomic! Spiegelworld’s New Show Goes from Edinburgh to the Las Vegas Strip

In 1967, Las Vegas’ Stardust executives welcomed the magicians/tamers Siegfried and Roy with this omen: “Magic will never work in this town.” In 1992, Guy Laliberté pitched a permanent circus concept (after Cirque du Soleil set theirNouvelle Experience big top in the brand new Mirage parking lot), only to have the door shut by Caesars’ bosses. These delays, for both the German duo and the Canadian troupe, were later mitigated by Steve Wynn who was to become the visionary who transformed the two illusionists into the longest-running success stories in the Strip’s history (with the producing support of Kenneth Feld from Ringling’s circus.) Later Cirque du Soleil entered into the miracle that forever changed the standard entertainment offer in Vegas (by building the very first permanent Vegas circus with Mystére in 1993). For both circus-rooted models, Wynn encouraged teams and aesthetics from “arty” and legitimate theater. It was a big farewell to the half-nude sequined dancers and naughty comedy jokes.
ent Vegas circus with  Mystére in 1993). For both circus-rooted models, Wynn encouraged teams and aesthetics from “arty” and legitimate theater. It was a big farewell to the half-nude sequined dancers and naughty comedy jokes. Circus acts have always been a ubiquitous guest of the lounge-acts industry of the Nevada gambling paradise if never a real main feature before Cirque du Soleil. By the mid-’50s, every music or comedy star regularly included in their shows one or two jugglers, magicians, and acrobats from among the finest in the world. The 60’s Parisian import of sophisticated revues, archived the spo...
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Raffaele De Ritis

From Italy, Raffaele De Ritis is considered one of the pioneers of circus creation. Since the late 1980s, he has written and directed shows for the world’s leading companies, including Disney, Cirque du Soleil, Dragone, Ringling Bros., and the Big Apple Circus. Besides his main creative work, he has also directed major performing arts festivals and consulted for hundreds of TV specials. A recognized historian, Raffaele has authored seminal books and papers in seven languages, teaching and lecturing worldwide. His circus history book Storia del Circo, in Italian, is considered the most extensive reference text on circus by most international historians. Raffaele is also one of the authors of the Circopedia project. He is the custodian of an extensive private circus collection, with pieces dating from the XVth century, and is seated on the Performing Arts Council of Italy’s Ministry of Culture. As well, Raffaele is a professor of Economy of Creative Industries at Unich University in Pescara (Italy) and of Art Direction at the Institute of Artistic Industries in the same city. www.raffaelederitis.com