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Photography is allowed at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Posted 22 August, 2009 at 8:23pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Miscellaneous)

Just a public service message: if you are going to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and are wondering if you can bring your camera - the answer is YES. The box office told me NO. The back of my ticket told me NO. The website is unclear (it just says no commercial photography - which I took to mean Yes, but not if you make money off of it - which is why I called the box office). At the circus itself, they informed the audience that photography was allowed as long as you don't make money off of it (for personal use).

So, bring your cameras!

Of course, since I was told by the box office that no photography was allowed during the circus performance and no cameras were allowed during the pre-show and no cameras were allowed during the Animal Open House - I did not bring my camera. So, no pictures to share.

3 comments to Photography is allowed at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

scott, August 22nd, 2009 at 10:14 pm:

  • A lot of times, it's up to the performer, but a lot of times it's up to the Venue. A friend of mind was in a band who would even let you take a direct feed with a DAT off of their board, but there were some venues that wouldn't allow cameras in even though the band was all for it. Kinda funny, because on their "tour" page, they lited all of the places that wouldn't allow it, and told everyone just to email them their info, and they'd get put in their "Press" list to be allowed to bring in cameras. :)

    They ended up putting out a DVD of their record release party all made up of fan's camera work edited in with their own.

DBlatner, September 12th, 2009 at 4:22 pm:

  • Just got back from Ringling Circus in Everett, WA. The sign outside said no "professional" cameras (defined as detachable lenses, long lenses, etc.) and no video. But point and shoot was okay.

Michael Chu, September 12th, 2009 at 10:50 pm:

  • Interesting - they weren't that specific here in Austin. A lot of people have digital SLR's these days since the prices have come down so much… wonder if they'll change their policy in the future.