Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
These elephants were trained around the turn of the century by Tim Buckley and performed such skits at the "dinner table", "barber shop", etc. but are best remembered as the Military Elephants and were so well received the Robinson family retained the elephants after they closed their circus in 1911 and booked them on Fair Dates, Vaudeville, etc. for many years.
Posted by Buckles at 10/30/2014 06:20:00 AM
This is my father at left working the Robinson Elephants in the early 1930's.
I wish I had paid closer attention when he talked about the experience, as I recall he was at Hall's place in Lancaster and was loaned out to work the act on a string of fair dates.
He said it was a hard act to work as they were spoiled rotten and didn't volunteer much.
I remember he said one of the "Highlights" was an announcement, "Tillie the talking elephant, will now speak the word "Mama!"
He said the audience could scarcely hear her faint "maaa-maaa" but his "Louder You Son Of A Bitch!" was clearly audible.
Posted by Buckles at 10/30/2014 05:45:00 AM
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
As many of you already know, comedian W.C. Fields got his start in show business as a self-taught juggler, who worked his way up from fairs and tent shows to become a headliner in vaudeville. Even after he was established as a comedian in motion pictures, he liked to sneak juggling bits into his films. The best showcase for his juggling skills is the 1934 feature THE OLD FASHIONED WAY (my all-time favorite Fields film) where he gets to perform his vaudeville act in a close shot, without camera or editing tricks to enhance his dexterity. Here are some frame enlargements from that film.
[THE OLD FASHIONED WAY also includes a play-with-in-play as Fields’ theatrical company presents a cut down version of THE DRUNKARD, with Fields appearing as the villainous squire, complete with top hat, black curly hair and a crooked witch’s cane. At one point, he stands by an open door and intones, “And it ain’t a fit night out for man nor beast!” which is followed by him receiving a face full of prop snow.]
Posted by Buckles at 10/29/2014 05:06:00 AM
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Last night, Sat. Oct .25th 2014 I visited Cole Bros.Circus in Panama City, Florida.
Weather was great and attendance was very good.
Show was excellent and I really enjoyed it. Probably the best I have ever seen.
All equipment outside and inside was top quality.
Thank you Mr. John W. Pugh and Mr. Elvin Bale for your hospitality.
Posted by Buckles at 10/28/2014 06:06:00 AM