Friday, October 09, 2015
This unique picture shows four boss elephant men Arky Scott, Smokey Jones, Hugo Schmitt and Louie Reed.
In 1954 while Arky and Hugo were on the road, JRN bought 20 baby elephants and brought Reed and Smokey into Sarasota to train them.
What a clash of egos that must have been.
Posted by Buckles at 10/09/2015 05:55:00 AM
Late 1956 and having received my Draft Notice and my folks elephant act booked with Jack Moore's Carson & Barnes Circus the following season I decided to see what the world contained beside myself, I took off for Sarasota and went to work for Hugo Schmitt.
Being a high-grass Showman, it was the first time to see New York City and MSG.
Posted by Buckles at 10/09/2015 05:15:00 AM
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
I am researching when the Norris & Rowe Circus was wintering in 1909-1910, Evansville Indiana. They lost 2 elephants over the winter and are buried in the park across from my house. I was trying to find out the names of the elephants. Do you have any knowledge of this or recommendations where to look?
Kirsten S. Wilkins
"This might help a little, you may notice he finished his days with my mother's family show, Orton Bros. Circus."
Posted by Buckles at 10/07/2015 06:28:00 AM
My mother was a teenager and told me many times of this day, she said the train was spotted right beside the lot and she watched as he created havoc. She said he then went along side the train pushing pushing wagons off the flat cars then passing the coach he peered in the window and they briefly locked eyes before he continued on followed by a posse of armed town folk.
Posted by Buckles at 10/07/2015 05:16:00 AM
My father said "Diamond"didn't do much of an act, he mounted a tub then both he and the boss canvasman put bracelets with sleigh bells on his ankles and he did a front leg dance.
The conclusion was a number of gentlemen from the audience were invited to get up on his back then he would go into a three legged skip with their butts slamming down with each skip much to the delight of their friends and neighbors.
I wonder how that would go over today?
Posted by Buckles at 10/07/2015 04:37:00 AM
He said that after the night performance he, "Diamond" and a horse named "Chub" headed off into the wilderness toward the next lot and spent many a night under his squatted down under his belly during rain storms.
In the morning peering into the distance looking for the Grain Elevator of the of the next town on the route.
On occasion he might steer into a farm yard, show the kids the big elephant and maybe get a free breakfast.
Posted by Buckles at 10/07/2015 04:30:00 AM
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
You are right! My wife said "Anna May" did fine in rehearsal with the empty fruit cart but when when it was done live with all that fresh fruit added she stopped short, picked out a few juicy items, then tipped it over.
This is the runaway scene prior to the incident with my wife being chased and Ben as the Officer in pursuit.
Fortunately I remained at Circus World and took care of the shop.
Posted by Buckles at 10/06/2015 07:55:00 AM
This and the following frame enlargements are from an appearance by Victor the Bear on the Ed Sullivan show many years ago. (Ed was even drafted into the being Victor’s straight man!) More information about Victor and his trainers is needed, so please share what you know with the rest of us.
Posted by Buckles at 10/06/2015 04:38:00 AM