Dominique's Circus Cats

Dominique's Circus Cats, Key West: Address, Phone Number, Dominique's Circus Cats Reviews: 4/5

Dominique's Circus Cats
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Dominique Lefort has incredible trained housecats that perform a circus type act every night at sunset. The most talented entertainer in Key West!
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Phil_Stasik
Merritt Island, FL13 contributions
Dominique's Cat Circus is Entertaining, Unique, Educational and Humane! A Must-See!
May 2020
I'm a retired airline pilot, who flew in and out of Key West, and spent overnights there hundreds of times over a 23-year career. One of my all-time favorite Key West experiences was to head to Mallory Square to enjoy Dominique's Cat Circus. I'm a cat lover who has grown up with cats and my family members are also cat fans, and we all agree that this is as humane as any animal performance can be. Dominique truly loves his cats and they love him. Some people assume that there must be something sinister going on, but over the years, as I got to know Dominique and his show, I'm confident that he's simply using operant conditioning and a lot of love to demonstrate what anyone could do with a pet. His showmanship makes this such fun, and I highly recommend it as a top priority for anyone visiting Key West. I've been lucky enough to travel a lot, and have seen many animal shows over the years, this one is unique, and demonstrates that that cats, like any animal, will usually respond well to love, patience, and a disciplined trainer.
Written April 4, 2021
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Catherine F
2 contributions
Dominique the Catman
Dec 2019 • Couples
A must see show while in Key West. We went every night and brought other people we met on our vacation. I saw him 12 years ago and I’m so happy he’s still going strong!❤️
Written February 16, 2020
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Joseph A
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Cat man
Dec 2019 • Solo
CatMan I've seen him a few times also Jay Leno flew him to be on the tonight show which he did.Jay is a cat lover,and so am I,and I too own and have owned Cats,he's wonderful,period!
Written December 14, 2019
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John V
Sweet Valley, PA422 contributions
Amazing Cats Working For Love
Dec 2019 • Couples
We have eight rescued cats ourselves and it is obvious that these felines love their person because they perform so beautifully and willingly for him and seem to never want to leave his side. You can tell by the way they act and the head butts and rubs that they give him that this is a cooperative effort for all. Don't miss a show! It is one of the highlights of Mallory Square.
Written December 7, 2019
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Marine V
Paris, France19 contributions
Why isn’t this stopped?
Oct 2019 • Family
This “show” isn’t funny nor entertaining if you’re an animal lover. On the contrary, these poor cats seem stressed and upset, and clearly forced to obey this very weird man. A majority of the audience left mid show, maybe because of his very irritating yelling or the treatment of the poor animals. I was seating on the upper level of the bar-restaurant bistro 245 and left because I couldn’t stand his yelling anymore and the fact that he was trying to make one of the cat jump in a hoop half on fire.
This area is super nice because it’s not as busy as Mallory square but this person and his inhumanity for the animals makes it very less enjoyable.
Written October 2, 2019
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cheetahangel
CT113 contributions
Inhuman! Should Be Stopped!
Sep 2019
I was shocked to see such a show after the sunset. No way is this man amusing. The cat looked upset by the way it moved it's tail around. I found it abusive and I think Mallory Square should ban this performance. I saw him pick the cat up by the waist and held the cat upside down! If I were his cat I would surely run away from that crazy man!
Written September 29, 2019
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Melissa V
Philadelphia, PA8 contributions
So good! Loved it!
Aug 2019 • Family
Saw Dominique 15 years ago and was thrilled he’s still there. A ton of fun, really great with the audience including kids. Cats were lovely and also very talented. This is the must-see of the Sunset Festival. What a wonderful artist (and his wonderful furry artist companions)!
Written August 11, 2019
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Rob G
Skokie16 contributions
Have to See It to Believe It
Mar 2019 • Couples
Dominique is a long-time busker at Mallory Square. You'll find him way over to the left on the pier behind the Westin. Yes, he's bizarre. Yes, he screams. He puts on a 15-20 minute show with his cats leaping through hoops-a-fire and over children's heads. Toss a few bucks in his barrel and take home a bumper sticker. Order T-shirts online. Enjoy!
Written July 20, 2019
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Jordan H
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Hilarious
Jun 2019 • Couples
I saw the cat man when I was young so going back more than 15 years later was definitely a surprise. He is so bizarre but it’s honestly so funny. His cats tricks are ok but a lot of the time they don’t do what he asks them to do which totally adds to the hilarity. My husband said, “now I understand why you needed me to see this show” you have to go see if, it’s very charming
Written June 29, 2019
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Amaya H
Takoma Park, MD123 contributions
Absurdly Entertaining
Apr 2019 • Family
The cat man is basically an over the top clown. I totally understand why some people find him creepy or overwhelming, but we liked his show! It’s almost as entertaining to see the cats being uncooperative as it is to see them do tricks. After the show, he takes pictures with fans, and is much more normal - the crazy cat man persona is part of the act. Our five year old thought his act was hilarious, and she got to be in the show, so she would give it six stars.

We had a tough time figuring out where he would be. Mallory Square proper is on one side of a construction site, and the show is on the other side, so you need to walk back to Front Street. Turn right on front street. You will pass the Key West Art and Historical Society. Turn right there. Proceed to the water, and turn right again. Cat man performs right in front of Bistro 245, which is part of the Margaritaville Resort. The first show was supposed to be an hour before sunset, but started a bit after that. The second show is immediately after sunset.
Written April 20, 2019
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