Lions and tigers and smartphones: The circus now has an app

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) – Now that Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus has retired its iconic elephants, executives under the big top say they must do more to draw a younger generation of fans, many of whom are glued to smartphones and screens.

So Feld Entertainment, the company that owns the circus, is rolling out an app along with a new space-themed show.

It’s called “Out of This World,” and it incorporates ice skaters and motorsports. The app allows people to take selfies that will be broadcast during the circus, play games, buy tickets and interact with performers once inside the stadium or tent.

“Out of This World” opens July 14 in Los Angeles.

Last month, Feld pulled its remaining elephants from the show and moved them to a conservation center in central Florida.

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