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Balthazar Beauregard's Big Top Bonanza is an amazing three act circus that stars YOU as the performer! You will show off your agility, magic and range skills before an admiring audience. If you have completed The Firemaker's Curse, two additional firemaking events are added. Perform emotes and wear outrageous outfits to boost your showmanship. Your rewards will include experience points and circus costumes!
Location. The circus moves each week, but the site is the same across all worlds. Just like in medieval times, word spreads quickly! Ask a friend, or find a Circus Barker (a fairy) near a bank in most major towns (such as Seers Village, Falador east bank, Ardougne east bank, Varrock east bank, Lumbridge, etc) who will tell you where tickets are currently offered.
The hints they give will be brief and sometimes the location is only near a town, not within one. A description of each location, along with a map, is shown below. The locations rotate in a fixed order, shown by reading across the table.
On the road to Hemenster, south of the pub.
Just west of the town's allotment patches.
West of the Witch's House and north-west of the house portal.
Across the river Lum, near the bridge.
South-east of the Mining Guild.
North-west of town, near the house portal.
South of the village, near the bridge to the Wizards' Tower.
South of the Duel Arena entrance, near the cactus patch.
West of the castle, near the tree patch.
|East of Varrock
South of the Lumberyard near the Earth altar.
|West of Varrock
South of the Grand Exchange, near the Cooking Guild.
West of the main gates, outside the Stronghold.
The location is marked on your minimap by a yellow asterisk. The Ticket vendor is a bobbing box surrounded by velvet ropes - click it to get your circus ticket and be transported to the centre ring!
Skills. There are *no requirements* to star in the circus. Skill levels shown in the game are only guidelines, they are not absolute. If you succeed in performing a trick with a requirement higher than your level, you will earn the same experience as the trick four tiers below the highest trick you can perform.
Equipment. You do not need to bring anything to perform at the circus - all equipment is provided. However, Jagex states that costumes will excite the audience, leading to better rewards.
Starting an Act. Speak to the assistant near the act, then collect your equipment from the box nearby.
Limits. You can only attempt each act once a week. Once you speak to the assistant to start, you are committed. Leaving forfeits your chance at that act for the week.
Exit. You can leave the circus by clicking your ticket to tear it, or use the Destroy option. You can always get another ticket from the ticket vendor and re-enter the circus.
The magic show occupies three corners of the big top: north-east, north-west, and south-east. The chest supplies teleport, levitation, alchemy and elemental tablets. You will perform ten spells during the show, but you can take as many spell tablets as you like in order to mix up your act to please the crowd. The tablets will disappear at the end of the show.
Each corner allows different types of spells, and each has five objects of ascending skill difficulties. Do emotes in between spells to enliven your show.
The ranged display occupies the west side of the big top. There are two parts to the ranged display: a duck gallery (popinjays) and a spinning wheel with a live target!
The chest supplies a performance bow, knives, throwing axes, and arrows. Five shots are required on each target. You can only use one type of weapon for the five shots on the spinning target, but you can switch to another weapon (or use the same type) for the duck gallery.
Choose the skill difficulty of your shot by clicking on a star or a duck on the ground (the stars point you towards the spinning target, the ducks towards the "popinjays"). Your character will immediately walk to that mark and take a shot. Most players alternate between the target and the popinjays. Do emotes in between shots to enliven your show.
The tightrope is strung over the top of the centre ring, so naturally you must climb up to it. First, go to the southern pole and into the changing room, where you will automatically don the "safety" acrobat costume. Do not worry about performing high above the ground - you DO NOT FALL nor take damage in this event.
Speak to the assistant, who will provide you with a Tightrope 101 booklet. You can read it to see what special acrobat emotes you can use during your act. When you are on the wire, you can use the special Acrobat emote menu (it's a tab on your control panel), or select your acrobat emote from the book.
The chest supplies a choice of juggling items, and you are allowed to choose as many as you like. Juggling is just one of the many emotes you can choose, but each juggling item has a different difficulty. After you click the juggle emote, you must click on a juggling item in your pack to select it.
You will perform ten acrobat emotes during your show. Most players alternate between a juggling move and a tightrope move.