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America's first and only traveling 'Nerd Circus' launch campaign has begun! Be part of our origin story: become an AI Super fan.
America's first and only traveling 'Nerd Circus' launch campaign has begun! Be part of our origin story: become an AI Super fan.
84 backers pledged $11,210 to help bring this project to life.

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ERMAHGERD CIRCUS!

Acrobatica InfinitI Circus (AI Circus) is a collective of professional circus performers who have banded together in their love of all things geek...and of course, circus!   Although our artists are most often found in the studio or on the stage, when we are not perfecting our craft, we can be found reading, watching and embracing our favorite fandoms.

Alright, so what is it? What does it do? Can I poke it?

AI Circus is a community: we offer a bridge between two distinct, yet often intertwined worlds: the eccentric world of circus arts and the alternate universe of nerdom and self-proclaimed geeks.

Yet, it is through carefully honed skills and spectacular performances that AI circus has re-imagined the intersection of these two fan bases. Our disparate yet like-minded cohorts are running headlong toward one another in true Braveheart fashion (with fewer kilts and more spandex).

Traditional circus goers will be delighted and amazed by our technical skills and theatrics. MEANWHILE, in our homage to the Hall of Justice, our mission stays true to our hallowed tenant: ‘For Nerds, By Nerds’. We'll bring your favorite heroes, villains, (somewhere-in-the-middle rogues), and comic book characters come to life… mid-air and on the ground.

Special effects? Where is the fun in that?  No green screens or people in MOCAP suits here.  AI’s acrobatic talents embody skills that defy belief. We are real humans, with unreal skills making fiction a reality.

 Got it, so what’s the plan? 

WORLD DOMINATION!  …eventually.  First thing’s first. 

The concept for AI Circus was born on a sunny summer day in Chicago, circa 2014. Now, with more than 20 performing artists on our roster, the show must go on! HERE’S HOW:

Summer, 2015 launch of a full-scale, theatre-based show in Chicago. 

Spring, Summer Fall, 2015 we’ll take the ‘show on the road’, visiting a diverse range of venues, expos, and conventions across the United States (think: comic/gaming/anime/etc) .

 Private events, Fundraisers, and Special engagements at locations near and far!  

Such are the slow, purposeful steps towards world domination!  While we may have lofty goals our plans can be realized with your help! At AI Circus the possibilities are infinite!

We are trying to raise 10,000 to cover our minimum costs! Note: This is about HALF of what it costs to get a production like this up and running. We are also engaged in city arts grant-funding, and other forms of fundraising to ensure our total costs are covered.

Like a traditional circus, we’ll schlep our show wherever there’s an audience. We’ll provide all of what you’ll expect, and a lot of what you won’t. But we need to be able to afford it!

To make this sci-fi dream come true, we need your help.

So what is it you’re asking for exactly? Our crew is comprised of extraordinary performers who hail from all corners of the globe. And now, we want to showcase our skills for YOU. As you can imagine, our spiffy spandex suits and latex leggings don’t come cheap, and neither do our aerial props, rigs, lights, rehearsal space, insurance… ok, you get the gist. 

Plus, of course we need our world domination tools such as acquiring armies of minions, rocket launchers, and big a big secret cave to base our headquarters in. Just Kidding. ........ Probably. 

 Theaters and conventions have agreed that they want us there in our spiffy spandex suits and costumes to show fans something new that they will love. 

Although our operation headquarters are based in Chicago, we seek opportunities to travel far and wide. Not only will your support enable us to reach more audiences, but you will help make our show bigger and better! Most importantly, you’ll be supporting the artists, without whom, none of this would be possible. (We may be superheroes, but even superheroes gotta eat!)

This sounds amazing! We know!  The very thought of it makes us "geek out" and literally do flips. We hope you feel the same way we do.

Feeling good is nice, but what’s in it for me?

If our sincere appreciation is not enough - which we are, ETERNALLY GRATEFUL - then how about this….

YOU would be instrumental in fostering a community, supporting the arts and enabling our artists to thrive. PLUS, your contributions will help advance the creative sector as a whole. WOW! Thats quite a bang for your buck!

But to really show our appreciation, we come bearing gifts! HERE's HOW:

*Shoutouts and special videos made just for you, as a supporter.

*Advance notice on all our shows and appearances, so you can be the first to snag great seats and deals!

*Exclusive T Shirts only available to the backers of this project.

*Top-billing sponsorship opportunities for companies or brands that would like to be included as partners in our tour! 

*One of a kind posters and specially designed capes, signed by the whole cast: for our larger contributors. 

*Big Kahunas receive free entry into shows for a lifetime!! 

What happens if you exceed your goal?

WORLD DOMIN… sorry, carried away again.  Beyond being able to say you just made a large number of professional circus nerds gainfully employed so that they can continue to use their passions in the service of making people happy….

Stretch Goal 1: All excess that we receive over our initial goal, will be put towards visit MORE conventions and MORE cities across the country!

Stretch Goal 2: And if we wildly exceed our goals, we have the opportunity to bring overseas specialists from far corners of the globe to perform with us. (Will this entertainment involve a favorite talking tree and a raccoon? Maaaaaybe.)

Basically, for every cent we raise, we make more art, travel to more places, and do more shows! MOAR! 

I can't afford to contribute financially but I want to support. How can I help? SHARE this campaign with friends (and strangers too). Really, anyone. The more people we reach, the better!

"COME, JOIN THE NERD CIRCUS!"

And of course.... Thank you for your support!!

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Watch Our Show Trailer HERE!

Risks and challenges

So what are the risks? Is this going to happen?

Risks? Well there is ever looming potential that the elder gods’ alarm clocks go off without a snooze button. Not to mention the potential for generic alien races showing up to steal our water/resources/favorite stuffed animals.

Rest assured however, the reason we have waited so long to launch this Kickstarter is because we wanted to have everything in place to secure our success (i.e. confirm the venues, conventions, and performers). Now that that’s over and done with - whew, that was a lot of work - we’re ready for launch. All we need is the equipment and resources to make it happen.

Shows will happen, amazing sights will be seen. And you, as a supporter, will be on the inside track to all that is Acrobatica Infiniti.

COME, JOIN THE NERD CIRCUS!

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    TIMELORD:
    You can peer into the future! Get advance show notice: VIP invites to secret performances, personalized pre-sale invites, and first claim on tickets for 1 year (12 months).

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    BARD:
    Your powers are astounding, and we will sing of your glories!! A member of AI Circus will make a special personalized thank-you video, praising your achievements! (Real ones or make-believe, it's up to you!)
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    CUP OF HOLDING:
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    OFFICIAL AI CIRCUS 2015 TOUR SHIRT:
    Ermahgerd Circus!! Tee Shirt, or Ladies Tank top. Only available here, before they are released later in the year. These shirts are double sided prints, and come in a range of size and style options.
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    CIRCUS-O-GRAM!
    Last day of the Kickstarter SPECIAL addition reward! Send a "Circus-o-gram" to the person of your choice, featuring AI Circus team members! We will make a special virtual video greeting with any message you request, and compose it in spectacular circus style. Go on... send one!

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    MULTIPASS!
    You are the proud owner of a ticket that will open many doors. Claim one pass for a VIP Behind-the-Scenes Circus Experience - Come visit us backstage at a show, and meet the artists! For You + 1 Guest
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    PWNER's Box:
    Special Infiniti Membership! The ULTIMATE 'Timelord'. Your subscription does NOT expire! (Unless you wish it) VIP invites to secret performances, personalized pre-sale invites, and first claim on tickets, for as long as you like!!
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    Backers T Shirt, AND Ermahgerd Circus! T Shirt, AND the Cup of Holding Mug!! Survey your kingdom in style! With tea!

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    MASTERMIND
    Promotional Sponsorship: YOUR Business Logo featured on the signed flyers that the cast hands out at every event! We will be giving out signed copies of our cast programs, with your logo on the back! Only 8 slots available....
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    MINION!
    Become an honorary AI teamster for the day.... Have a GUEST APPEARANCE in one of our show segments! Pick a show that you are able to attend, make a booking with us, and we will work you into the show! Special Minion status will be noted on our website and social media, plus you will get footage of your appearance.
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    ORIGIN STORY:
    Fund a character! Choose a character that you would like to see brought to our show, and we will create the costume, and an act behind it! (Limits on physical impossibilities or copyright infringements! We reserve the right to final approval.) Includes video and photo sent to you.
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    ELDER GOD
    Your powers are unmatched as you arise from the deep! Get a One-of-a-kind POSTER of the cast, signed by all members!
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    GAME MASTER
    You have reached the highest level, and now you run the game! Become an honorary AI Circus Superhero, receive a CUSTOM DESIGNED CAPE, signed by all the cast members! Wear your cape to any event and get free entry!

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    ALL THE THINGS!
    You must have all the things! Get one of each of our swag pieces (plus our undying gratitude!), including:
    - CAST POSTER signed by the team
    - CUSTOM DESIGNED CAPE, signed by the team (Wear your cape to any event and get free entry!)
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    DEUS EX MACHINA
    What else can be said about your level of excellence? We owe you so much.
    The cast will create, perform AND film a special group act in your name!

    Also get one of each of our swag pieces (plus our undying gratitude!), including:
    - CAST POSTER signed by the team
    - CUSTOM DESIGNED CAPE, signed by the team (Wear your cape to any event and get free entry!)
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