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

Raffaele De Ritis, among the pioneers of circus creation by the late 1980s, wrote and directed shows for the world’s leading companies, including Disney, Cirque du Soleil, Dragone, Ringling bros., Big Apple Circus. Beside his main creative work, he directed major performing arts festivals and consulted for hundreds TV specials. As a recognized historian, he authored seminal books and papers in seven languages, teaching and lecturing worldwide. His book of circus history “Storia del Circo”, in Italian, is considered the most extensive reference text by most international historians. Raffaele is also one of the authors of Circopedia project. He is custodian of an extensive private circus collection, with pieces dating from XVth century, and seated in the Performing Arts Council of Italy’s Ministry of Culture. www.raffaelederitis.com