Cirqus Voltaire became a part of the Hassell Castle collection in May of
2000. I stumbled upon this machine in a restaurant where it sat neglected and filthy in
the corner. I picked it up inoperable for $1,100.
After many hours of tinkering
with my new CV I finally had a revelation and figured out what the stupid yet simple
problem was as to why my machine wasn't working. Problem: No high voltage. Solution:
Interlock switch was not being suppressed correctly by the coin door bracket inside of the
coin door, thus no 50+volts.
After I got it repaired I fully
shopped out the machine by rebuilding the flippers, totally breaking down the playfield
and clean it while replacing all of the rubber rings and bulbs as well as a new Ringmaster Decal.
Designed by John Popadiuk,
the creator of Theatre of Magic. Cirqus Voltaire like Theatre of Magic is very challenging,
entertaining and the artwork on this machine truly makes it stand out in the crowd.
Especially with the optional backbox frame marquee which I have installed on mine.
The basic object of this lively
colored relatively low production pinball is to complete all 10 of the Cirqus Marvels by
completing different tasks on the playfield which inturn light the word C-I-R-Q-U-S. After
C-I-R-Q-U-S is lit, you then try to "Join the Cirqus".
Some of the many extraordinary
features of the Cirqus Voltaire include the following.
Cirqus Voltaire is one of the most colorful pinball machines ever
designed. The one thing that really makes the playfield stand out on this machine is the
High wire Neon Ramp located on the right side of the playing field. Mine neon tube happens
to be orange but it came in a variety of colors including green, blue, purple, red, pink,
green and yellow. If yours is another color not listed here please let me know.
"I am the
The Ring Master at the start of a game is
mounted flush with the playfield and by hitting the W-O-W targets behind him brings him to
life where he raises about 6 inches off of the playfield. The Ring Master taunts
your every move by making snide remarks throughout game play. Defeat him 4 times to
collect the Ring Master Marvel.
Click Here to see a clip of
the Ring Master in action!
ball, known as the Menagerie Ball, is located on the lower left side of the playfield and
distorts your pinball's trajectory by getting in the way of things. Shot the target behind
the Menagerie Ball to collect the Menagerie Marvel. This is another object that comes in a
variety of colors. Mine happens to be green.
"Look it's the Boom
Another one of a kind feature on
Cirqus Voltaire is the "Boom Balloon". The Boom Balloon is a pop bumper that is
hided flush with the playfield. Rollover the various "Voltz" targets on the
playfield and the Boom Balloon pops up for a chance at an extra ball.
the game and during the "Bally Hoo Sideshow" take your shot with some backbox
animation action and try to fire the cannon ball into the "Cirqus Luck" lane.
Not as easy as it looks! My cannon ball is the original the machine came with, which is
orange. WMS offers a replacement Cannon Ball that is blue in color and is a little bit
Cirqus Voltaire's Dot Matrix Display is
mounted at the back of the playfield and not on the backglass like most other pinball
machines. It really makes it easier for you to see your score without have to look up as
After looking up information on
Cirqus Voltaire on the Internet, much to my surprise I found out that I happened to pick
up an early sample version of this machine. That was a cool surprise!
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