Sunday, January 31, 2016

#4 From Chic Silber


Chic Silber said...

There's no track under

this free range ball

Jim Alexander said...

At the risk of awakening Mr. Burck in China, Jules Jacot had a lion that rolled a ball without a track in his St. Louis Zoo act in the late 1940s - early 50s. Never saw the trick in-person and imagine only trainers would really appreciate no track.

Wade G. Burck said...

Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who is making so much noise? It's impossible to sleep anymore. "Never saw it in person, and there were too many tree lumins to take a good picture, but you can bet your last dollar Jules indeed did it....... Your the best Champion any person ever had, Jambo. Bar none. I would like to put you on my payroll part time, when your are finished hanging paper for Jacot. :) I have found a ball to be no more difficult then a barrel. Both fairly basic behaviors. I think a rail/track is used because of the "belief" that it is necessary, without trying it without first. One the other hand, keeping a beret on while fighting natural born jungle killer's, that's a hell of a deal. Worthy of at least a MC clown.

Wade Burck

Chic Silber said...

Are you kidding Wade I can't

believe your logic as comparing

an untracked ball with a barrel

is like comparing a unicycle to

a 2 wheel bicycle with only 2

directions of failure maybe

you've been too long in China

Chic Silber said...

By the way Wade I have no beret

& I've only built balls & barrels

but I do have a Gold MC Clown

Jim Alexander said...

I'll back Wade a little (just a little) about the difficulty in rolling a ball w/o a track compared to a barrel. I trained a few sea lions to roll balls w/o tracks, with a ball on their nose, across a flat stage. I think most of them did a barrel before but the ball work came easier that I thought it would. I think I've seen an elephant roll a ball w/o a track in a Russian circus video, again a good, flat surface. Maybe the effort at training a behavior that could only be presented on a firm, flat surface isn't worth the time - and I doubt most of the audience would appreciate the behavior without a track.

Roger Smith said...

As Jacot worked his free ball, he'd tap his stick on the floor and the cat would roll it there. He'd move, tap again, and the cat rolled the ball to the next spot. As Okie Carr liked to say of Jules, "The old man was death on tricks." Dick McGraw said the same. A free ball is fine if you have a solid floor, like at St. Louis, or like our Big Stage Arena, in Thousand Oaks. If you're touring, you're bound to get your share of cornfields, and having your ball work on a track is a necessity, never a detraction.

Wade G. Burck said...

A flat floor such as the St. Louis Zoo stage, or the TO Big Stage Arena or the solid stage in the posted picture is indeed the "logic" Chic. I think MC need's to recall that clown.... :)

Wade Burck

Chic Silber said...

Well Wade you'll have to peel my

cold dead fingers off that clown

along with the fingers of my other

hand holding my modified AR15

Sorry that Jimmy won't get Pandas