Here at the Cincinnati Circus Company our main goal has been to provide entertainment at a level unmatched in Cincinnati.
Over the years our talent has grown, along with our extensive pool of exceptional performers, making the Cincinnati Circus Company what it is today.
We look forward to the future…
We look forward to creating more… We have some ideas… We hope you will help us to realize them and above all enjoy the show! Below is a brief history of how we got here.
We began performing as jugglers. Juggling was founder Dave Willacker’s hobby.
We added stilt walking. After getting many requests for it, Dave taught himself and then began teaching stilt walking to others. We also added…
- Balloon animals/Balloon twisting
- Fire performing
- Fire eating
- Christian juggling shows
We incorporated as Juggler Dave and Friends LLC. Soon we began calling ourselves The Amazing Portable Circus. We also added…
- Airbrush tattoos
- Face painting
- Magician Chris Yantek
We performed for the first time outside the United States. We performed at a busker festival in Canada. While there, we saw our first living statues and brought the concept back to Cincinnati.
Mike Riga debuted our Vietnam Memorial living statue on Veteran’s Day. We have since added 35 statues, which even include lights, music, and running water. We continue to push forward in this art. We also added…
- Henna Tattooing
- Hair Wraps
- Body Art
- Body Artist and entertainer Brandie Atkins, formerly a manager for Kings Island’s body arts.
- We attended the Midwest body arts festival in Columbus Ohio. We brought back glitter tattooing a new and awesome product, and Dave was a guest speaker on event planning.
We expanded again adding…
- Christian magic shows
- Puppet Shows
- Inflatable Rides (inflatable moon bounce, inflatable slide, inflatable obstacle course, inflatable maze, inflatable joust, inflatable wrecking ball, and a splash booth)
- Sand Art
- Carnival Games
- Picnic Games
Corporate Entertainment became our focus. We added…
Aerial Acrobatics, which was a huge undertaking and we are grateful to the Kolping Center for hiring our first show. We have now performed over 100 times. We have traveled to all of the surrounding states, we have been brought in to perform in Chicago and are now teaching aerial acrobatics to others.
Casino Nights (Hollywood Nights, Las Vegas Nights, Monte Carlo Nights)
We also added…
Wax Hands enhancing the market with 7 colors and cooler wax.
Dave Willacker, the founder ended his teaching career (10yrs St. Henry High School and Roger Bacon High School) to work for the Cincinnati Circus Company full time.
We struggled to keep up with demand. We created two new shows. The first was our balloon story show created by Mike Riga. The second was our Kid’s Rock Show created by Corey Larrison.
We also had one of our members Brian Koenig compete in national juggling competitions. While performing in Washington D.C. Dave saw his first flying trapeze up close. At that instant he knew he would bring flying trapeze to Cincinnati, because no-one has done it before. We appeared in the movie Dumb Struck! A Mark Goffman Production.
We brought a Flying Trapeze to Cincinnati.
We also brought German Wheel, Rolling Globe, Tight Rope, Static Trapeze, and Quartette Adagio.
We debuted a new program Circus Classes after school combined with homework assistance.
We began working with Mt. St. Joseph College to start a collegiate Circus program there that would be one of three in the nation.
The movie we appeared in won an award! Watch for it at the Esquire in 2011.
We filmed a TV episode for the TLC show Outrageous Kid’s Parties! Watch for it in March.
Dave married aerialist and face painter Joanne Crawford… on the flying trapeze!
After tremendous growth and an ever changing company, the decision was made to rename the company from the old Amazing Portable Circus marquee, to the new Cincinnati Circus Company name.
Opened our indoor Circus School, Team Building, Aerial Dance, and Flying Trapeze at the Western Sports Mall.
Moved our outdoor Circus School, Team Building, Aerial Dance, and Flying Trapeze to the City of Loveland, Ohio.
Had Joanne & Dave’s Flying Trapeze Wedding prompt the Newlywed Show to call.
Had been on the TLC TV network’s Outrageous Kid’s Parties show, March 14th, and 15th 2011.
Participated in filming a documentary on Ohio for the ONN Network.
Recieved the “Best of the City” award from Cincinnati Magazine.
Added cheese carving to our list of corporate entertainment.
Have entertained for the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
Will move out outdoor flying trapeze to Burnett Woods Park located in downtown Cincinnati at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Clifton Avenue; just across from the University of Cincinnati.
Added new and exciting inflatables, such as a bungee run and mechanical bull.
Put together a TOURING SHOW, which we performed multiple shows in Cincinnati.
We performed circus in New Orleans, South Carolina, Erie Pennsylvania, Chicago Illinois
Filmed a sizzle reel for a circus reality TV show.
Kicked off the second year of the Big Show.
Moved our office and warehouse location to 6433 Wiehe Rd in Cincinnati
Year 3 of the Big Show was bigger and more exciting than ever.
Added the thrilling Phoenix: Fire and Flight show
Brought the first Globe of Death to life in Cincinnati and set a record by having the only identical twin riders in the world.
Expanded our circus travels to Las Vegas, Hawaii, and D.C.
Owner Dave and Juggler Jen appeared in a Glad Tupperware commercial, juggling the containers.