Monday, July 31, 2006

Althoff Riding Tiger 1970 #3


The tiger and horse would circle the arena in tandem, double file with the tiger inside, as well as single waltzes with the tiger in front.
I was told that in Europe, when working in a dirt ring, the drill was much more elaborate but after arriving here a lot of it was cut after the horse fell after tripping on the lacing in the rubber matting.

10 comments:

Buckles said...

Has anyone noticed the striking resembalence between Miss Althoff and Segrid Gebel?

Anonymous said...

From Eric:

In 1970, this act only ran about 4 minutes in length, so it must have really been cut down from the way it was in Europe.

dutchess42 said...

One of the problems I always got pissed about was the producer wanting to shorten the acts. Speed was what they wanted not quality. Get them on and off. A lot was lost because of this. Europian acts got the time to show off their talents that they worked so hard for. You can take two years to train a special trick and get it cut because the show is running too long. Why bother to learn if you get cut. What was the big rush to be over? Kind of grab the money and run by the suits.

Buckles said...

I don't know about that Rebecca, whenever that clown Larible came on I knew I had plenty of time to make the doniker run, smoke a cigarette, enjoy a coke and be back in plenty of time for the next act.
I think an act should be more like going out on a date, if you havn't scored by midnight you're wasting your time.

Karen Glenn said...

Buckles, you are so right. Ms Altolf looks so much like Segrid it is amazing! They could pass for the same lady. This lady and her big tiger and horse act is wonderful. Wish I could have seen it. She is stunning in her outfit, and only holding two whips, no guns (in sight anyway) and no big clubs or such. Nice stuff here.

Rebecca said...

Buckles, Beauty and SCORING should not be rushed. I know its been 25 years, but I still remember the good parts and partners. It has a lot to do with the act you are performing and the person you are performing for and with.

GaryHill said...

Capt. I don't remember you ever smoking?LOL!

dutchess42 said...

Gary, You never saw smoke come out of Buckles ears???? It is an auwsum sight. Once you have seen it you never forget.

art ricker said...

I first joined the show in 1970 and I remember this act. It was quite pleasing to the eye to look at...

Glenn Christopher said...

Hi there! I just re-found some slides I had found in the gravel of a defunct drive-in theater which doubled as a flea market during the day. These were found about 8 years ago in Naples, FL. They have crushed gravel on them; I'm in the process of cleaning them up. There are about 30 circus slides from 1964 to 1968. Names on the slides are Zdravkos, Kirby's Chimp, Van Donwen, Waynes, Vicki Unis, Hanneford, George & Vicki Hanneford, Gena, Len, Ingeborg Rhodin and Evy Althoff. There are a couple elephant slides as well. These do not seem to be fan photos as they are from ground level. Problem is, they are a mess. I know they are worthy photos - I'll come back here once I can scan/photo them.

Glenn from Naples, FL.