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Win big with Cirque and Seattle Symphony!

In honor of the Symphony’s upcoming presentation of Cirque de la Symphonie on July 11 and 12, we’ve pulled together a set of circus trivia. The first five people who respond with the correct answers via email will win a pair of tickets to the July 12 performance of Cirque de la Symphonie. Ready? Set? Cirque!

The standard size of a circus ring was determined as the arc which a horse could navigate at a full gallop. What is the diameter of that arc?

  1. 36 feet
  2. 42 feet
  3. 49 feet
  4. 59 feet

Which of the following tokens is considered good luck by many circus performers?

  1. A tiger’s whisker, attached to their costume
  2. Dirt or sand from inside the ring, sprinkled in their shoes
  3. A ticket stub from that day’s show, rubbed for luck before entering the ring
  4. An elephant’s tail hair, worn as a ring or bracelet

Who put on the first circus in the United States?

  1. John Bill Ricketts in 1783
  2. Joshuah Purdy Brown in 1825
  3. P.T. Barnum in 1842
  4. James Anthony Bailey in 1881

How many brothers founded the Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth?

  1. Two
  2. Three
  3. Five
  4. Seven

What is the name of this famous circus theme song?

  1. Three Ring March
  2. Entrance of the Gladiators
  3. Pachyderms on Parade
  4. March of the Clowns

To Enter: Email your full name, telephone number, and answers to info@seattlesymphony.org, with “Cirque Quiz” in the subject line, by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 7. You will be contacted via telephone by Tuesday, July 8, if you have won.

Cirque de la Symphonie is coming! Aerial artists, contortionists, strongmen — what’s not to like? Check out the video below for a sneak preview:

July 11 and 12 ONLY. Tickets from $17.

Video courtesy Cirque de la Symphonie. Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Khachaturian’s Waltz from Masquerade Suite.