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  • Flea-Circus.Com
    is to overwhelm your audience with things to look at and wonder about Some Performers feel that less is more and that the spotlight should be on the fleas My feeling has always been that just like a real circus there should be almost too much to take in all at once Even after many fancy custom circuses the classic circus is still in many ways my favorite It looks

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  • Flea-Circus.Com
    with a purchase of a past performer Click Here To make requests for custom flea shirts Flea circus artwork on T shirts for your group or for sale with YOUR flea act Wholesale prices of course Click Here Film video advertisers and production companies Our fleas are ready to perform for your advertising After 10 years of training fleas we currently have a STOCK FOOTAGE reel with almost 100 unique

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  • Flea Circus: Build Your Own All Inclusive Resort for Your Fleas!
    YOU and I ve packed more flea info into this package than any sane person would have The final flea package includes ALL of the following 26 Seconds of incredibly RARE video of a REAL turn of the century circus 1 hour and 45 minutes of careful step by step directions for making your own circus A short video piece showing flea training And finally footage of our show as taped from a television appearance we did in Holland Also included with the package are A companion CD with original flea music to be used in your show much of which was written by me Drawings photos and high resolution scans for you to use in construction And a complete manual with extensive parts sources The CD has GROWN over the last 12 years to nearly a book length effort on it s own It has a VAST New Ideas section Every time someone wanted a new flea trick I added it to your CD often with a video clip and always with photos So get ready to add 12 years of serious flea stunts to your act There are many other extras on the CD from odd letters about the circus to useful pictures of different circuses Since I m currently building circuses professionally I not only have any parts you might need available but I ll be right here by email to help you with any step should you need it You WILL succeed in building your circus and before you know it you will have an all inclusive resort for your fleas to perform This package includes all the info you ll need to start performing your own circus within weeks I m keeping the price low for you as a builder and am asking just 59

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  • Flea-Circus.Com
    is to make the tiny twisted loop small enough to restrain the flea but large enough not to choke it at mealtimes when its neck swells considerably If the tie is too tight the captive eventually starves to death Ballantine 1958 p 244 Ballantine also notes that when the roll of wire was handed down to Heckler it was about four inches in diameter In 1958 only a third of it remained but Professor Heckler believed that this was still more than he would ever need in his lifetime The human flea is an extraordinary powerful insect Rothschild 1965 describes how researchers at a Royal Air Force experimental station constructed apparatus to photograph the flea jump Single fleas were placed into a central glass chamber facing a high speed camera filming at 3 500 frames per second Each flea jump took up approximately seven frames of film indicating that the flea was airborne for a mere 1 2 milliseconds Conniff 1995 notes that from the films researchers calculated that at the start of the jump the flea experiences a force greater than 140 times that of gravity The tremendous forces produced by the flea combined with its small body weight result in a jump of between eight and ten inches into the air equivalent to a human clearing the Statue of Liberty with a single leap Even more impressive is that the jumps can be repeated hundreds or even thousands of times an hour The ability to continually exert this huge amount of energy means that the flea is able to constantly pull objects many times its own weight including miniature chariots carriages etc Ballantine 1958 explains that the illusion of the juggling flea is created by holding a flea on its back via a harness or glue and carefully placing a pith ball onto its legs The natural movement of the flea s legs will cause the ball to rotate for a considerable period of time Ballantine also reveals the secret behind the footballing flea He explains that flea circus performers would soak a ball of cotton wool in an odour that is repulsive to the flea Professor Heckler recommended oil of citronella or strong oral disinfectant such as Listerine and then simply rolling the ball towards the flea The repulsive nature of the odour combined with the flea s powerful legs will result in the ball being kicked away by the harnessed insect The method used to create a flea orchestra and dancing fleas was fully explained in this quote from an article on flea training published in 1891 there are two fleas secured one at each end of a very little bit of gold coloured paper They are placed in a reversed position to each other one looking one way the other another way Thus tied they are placed in a sort of arena on the top of the musical box at one end of the box sits an orchestra composed of fleas each tied to its seat and having the resemblance of some musical instrument tied on the foremost of their legs The box is made to play the exhibitor touches each of the musicians with a bit of stick and they all begin waving their hands about as performing an elaborate piece of music The fleas tied to the gold paper feel the jarring of the box below them and begin to run round and round as fast as their little legs will carry them This is called the Flea s Waltz Buckland 1891 p 121 Fencing fleas were created by gluing two fleas onto the ends of two posts Next a tiny piece of metal or wooden splinter is fastened to the fleas front legs The fleas natural instinct is to attempt to lose the weapon by shaking his legs and when two such fleas are placed close together they appear to be having a sword fight Ballantine 1958 THE FAKE FLEA CIRCUS There exists only a very small amount of literature on the fake flea circus The earliest reference that I can discover appears in a booklet written by magician George Tollerton c 1935 The booklet outlines several skits wherein the performer fakes flea somersaults via eye movement and introduces a mind reading flea that stamps out a thought of number with his foot and the aid of a concealed clicker However it appears that the concept only gained widespread popularity after the late Michael Bentine a well known British entertainer and former member of The Goons performed his elaborate fake circus on the 1950 Royal Variety Show During the 1980 s Bentine performed the act on a British chat show and Richard Bentine Michael Bentine s son kindly sent me a recording of this show The act contained two main parts First a non existent flea would push a large ball up an incline Second the flea would jump around a sand covered table creating a burst of sand on each jump climb up a ladder pressing down on each rung on its way leap off a diving board and splash into a cup of water During the 1950 s Michael Bentine travelled to America with the act and appeared on The Johnny Carson Show Richard Bentine personal correspondence 1999 Bentine developed the concept further when he created and performed his long running BBC children s programme Potty Time Richard Bentine has informed me that he believes that his father s circus is still in storage and appears to be in full working order In 1963 Mr Mack published a short article outlining a fake flea circus in Tops Tricks At the start of the article Mr Mack states that his ideas were based upon watching a fellow do his version of the performing fleas on TV and admits that the props described in his article are very similar to those used by the unnamed performer Mack then describes how simple concealed gadgets are used to create the illusion of a fire

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  • flea circus
    of the century wonders Therefore Walt did the only logical thing he built one anyway And the fleas are jumping to perform for you Click here or on Rob s picture above left to first reviews and press coverage Click here or on the flea above middle for in depth information on flea training exercises Click here or on Walt s picture above right for info on mechanical construction of

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  • Flea-Circus.Com
    circus HISTORICALLY flea circuses have almost always used real fleas In some cases the fleas were dead and much like the art of taxidermy they were placed in a circus scene dressed in little circus cloths I m not kidding often with details down to tiny flea sized shoes being made For 25 the circus owner would rent you a magnifying lenses and let you examine his workmanship Only 25 cents you ask Back then 25 was a lot more than it is now and actually did have the potential to break someone s personal budget In this type of microminiature work it was not uncommon to spend A YEAR carving a tiny ornament for a flea Though not related to fleas an example of this art and probably the finest microminiature sculptor was Hagop Sandaldjian from Egypt Shown on this page is a sculpture of Goofy standing above the eye of a TINY needle Even the PUPILS inside the eyes have been painted Hapgop once sculpted Snow White and all seven Dwarfs INSIDE the eye of a needle with the same level of detail Viewers needed a microscope to see his work This work can still be seen on display at The Museum of Jurrasic Technology in Culver City California In microminiature work even one s PULSE can ruin an entire years work so painters learn to make brush strokes between heart beats The next type of circus was cruel and being a lover of these little creatures I do not approve However for a brief time fleas were GLUED into a scene alive then heated to make their legs flail to appear they were playing tiny instruments and such Anyone who has got to know a flea would be appalled I m sure I hope such doers find themselves infested some day The last circus IS pure humbug though I have to say there is tremendous art and showmanship involved in this circus as well There is a BIZARRE psychological phenomenon in that even in a humbug circus PEOPLE DO SEE THE FLEAS I can not emphasize this enough My very first circus was humbug yet even trained observers from the press SWORE in articles they could see the fleas and lamented having such difficulty photographing them The video currently for sale on my web page will teach you exactly how to build a circus to be operated completely as a humbug or real fleas can also be incorporated You can Click Here for more info I have to say that just as amazing as the FACT that MOST people WILL see your fleas in a humbug circus is the fact that many will never believe no matter what they see I think the fleas teach us much about human nature here The mythology of the humbug is very strong as well My own mother has seen me train a real flea She has seen a flea pull a cart She has seen a flea bite me And

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  • Flea Circus Theater...
    of The Agitators My Fleas On National Geographic I have many other flea photos and videos available Write me if interested Click Here to return to the nest All Images

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  • Flea-Circus.Com
    Fleas Are Revealed This page is still under construction I ll be adding press and movie clips soon A stock footage reel is currently available For information please write admin

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