Circus Contraption …The Show to End All Shows is Ending.

Thanks to Trav S.D.’s blog Travalanche I learned of sad news this week– Seattle based Circus Contraption is ending. Here’s an article from Fremont Universe (a local Seattle blog) with photos and an interview:

Circus Contraption says farewell this week

July 12th, 2009 ·

The “Show to End All Shows” has ended, and Fremont’s Circus Contraption is calling it quits this week after 11 years in Seattle.

“It takes an enormous amount of time and makes people a very little amount of money,” said Erin Brindley, Circus Contraption’s managing director. “Everyone’s ready to move on.”

This last weekend, they put just about everything up for sale in a big rummage sale in the circus’ performance space at Theo Chocolate.

Even this original handmade prop that once took Bunny Lamont around the world was up for sale. The tongue-in-cheek price tag? $300,000 or best offer. A farewell celebration is scheduled for this coming Saturday, July 18th, with favorite vintage performances, special guests and a live auction “to help us bury our debt in the smoldering embers of greasepaint and poodle fur,” the website explains. As of this writing, tickets are still available.

But this might not be the end of Circus Contraption. “We’re keeping the set of the Show to End all Shows with the hope we can scrounge up enough money to take the show to New York for one final hurrah,” Brindley said.

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