AS NAIL biting and awe inspiring as it was funny, Griffith audiences were treated to a night of mixed emotions when the Great Moscow Circus opened on Wednesday night.
It's been 12 years since the skilled performers have been back to Griffith but the near capacity crowd wasn't disappointed.
Circus general manager Greg Hall said ticket sales for the remaining five shows from tonight through until Sunday were going well.
"Everyone is talking about what they saw," he said.
"The Globe of Death certainly had them excited. On our last tour of Australia we had four motor bikes in the globe and when we were preparing for this show we had requests to bring it back but our policy is not to repeat an act.
"We had such public outcry that we decided we'd try five bikes and added the split to the globe. It took six months to get it right, it's that dangerous.
"This will be the last time you'll see the act because we will replace it with something just as spectacular, or in fact better."
You couldn't wipe the smile off 11-year-old Abbey Tallentire Trembath's face on Wednesday night.
She was the winner of VIP tickets to the opening show, which entitled her and some friends and family to some of the best seats in the house, free fairy floss and popcorn.
"It was amazing," she said.
"I thought the lady changing her clothes was really cool and the motor bikes were great.
"But everything was so good."
From the weird to the wonderful, the Great Moscow Circus has it all.
The comical and clever clowns kept the fast paced show moving, while a woman who struggled to find the perfect outfit amazed.
The knife thrower, acrobats, jugglers and motor bike riders also impressed Griffith audiences with their mesmerising acts.
More than $2000 has been raised for Griffith's private hospital from the sale of circus tickets.
There will be another show tonight at 7.30pm and then again on Saturday at 1pm, 4pm and 7.30pm, with the final show on Sunday at noon.