Thursday, June 29, 2017

#8 Gold Unit


12 comments:

Jim Royal said...

Is that Gary Ambrose from the UK?

GTC said...

Yep

Jabouley Patrick said...

But how many trainers have presented this wonderful act : the Palacios, John Illig, Billy Smart, Miss Patricia White and ... ?!

Chic Silber said...


The correct term Graham is "Yup"

(hows by you)

Patricia said...

Let's see...
*Palacio's had it first, late 80's (this is the first act Luis worked after his terrible lion accident in '86).
*Then it was passed to David Laurie in Japan (I think he came from Marineland in CA)
*I took it '97-part of '98 in Europe
*Next was John Illig, I passed it to him in Holland
I think Jim Clubb then sold the act to Billy Smart
*Then Marnie Dock (a Chipperfield protege) had it in Spain, I think...
And that's all she wrote. Corrections welcome.

Jim Clubb had a couple of people from his farm fill in from time to time for various reasons; there were a lot of props so the act required two people...my first experience having someone else in the arena with me, ever...and though I loved the act, I HATED having another person in there. It felt awkward, clumsy and bizarre and I was never comfortable with it.
My second person was a Morrocan guy who had never been in the arena, and spoke no English. Talk about stress. Not from the fantastic combo of animals, but because I did not want the responsibility of someone else's safety.

J.P., you are absolutely right. It WAS a wonderful act. Of the 13, my favorites were a big lioness named "Mac" and a silly black bear named "Jeremy".

Jabouley Patrick said...

I am not absolutly sure but I think that the Moroccan guy is Ahmed who worked for many years with Louis Knie in the menagerie with the elephants, first in Switzerland with circus knie and then in austria when LK bought the Elfie Althoff Jacobi Circus. Now Ahmed is working in France with Circus Medrano : he look after the 3 Chipperfield Indian elephants the Circus bought some years ago. But only 2 work in the ring as the last one suffer of his leg. Sarah Houcke also work in circus medrano with big cats and horses. ... My "favorite" was the BIG liger : he was beautiful !! :-) ... I saw also john Illig with this act (before, he was in charge of the mixed bear act of Jim clubb including the polar bears of gerd Siemoneit) in Holland when he toured with a Moscow state circus but I think that at this period there was no more the hyena and only one Bear. In which circuses did you perform with this act Patricia ?

GTC said...

Yup, all good thanks!

Patricia said...

J.P.: Maybe the Moroccan guy Ahmed is the same guy. He went by "Blate"(phonetic spelling). He did exactly as he was supposed to, but I was very concerned about a leopard named "Chota" who seemed to dislike him. My discomfort and concern for Blate was very distracting. I was able to work it out so that he could exit about 1/3 of the way through the act after the bears went out. I always heaved a sigh of relief.
*I took the act in Vienna, Osterreichischer National Circus Louis Knie. What a nice show.
*Winter date in Munich for Circus Krone
*Massy Circus Festival outside Paris (won 1st place!)
*22nd Festival du Cirque Monte Carlo (didn't win anything except a swell free banquet dinner with Prince Ranier!)
*Russian State Circus, passed the act to John, I had to go home

The giant liger was a female "Sheena". She was a good worker, never any trouble at all.
I met Gerd Siemoneit in Monte Carlo; he was very kind to me, which I greatly appreciated.

When I had the act there were 4 tigers, 2 lionesses, 1 liger, 3 leopards, 2 black bears and one hyena.

Chic Silber said...


Incredible story Patricia

What a mix of assorted fur

Makes me feel much older my

years in Monaco were 5e & 6e

also had dinner at the palace

Patricia said...

"A mix of assorted fur" is right. It was so pretty to see it from the inside. I take no credit for this act what so ever...all I did was mix in a lioness who Jim sent over from the farm in England. She had worked before, just not in this mixed act. She spent a great deal of time glaring at the hyena, wondering what the heck that thing was. It was a well trained act, and a pleasure to work. I'll always be grateful to Jim Clubb for the opportunity to work this beautiful group. (Should you read this Jim, Luis and Marcia say hello)

Jabouley Patrick said...

i am not agree when u said that u take no credit for the act. The presentation is a very important thing and your presentation was great and I enjoyed the complicity in the ring with your pupils ! I was very disappointed really that you could not continue your carreer in Europe with other circuses. I have the same feeling when Patricia Zerbîni left Europe and circus Krone. I saw her on tour and Also in winter show in krone building in Munich with a different act with Indian an elephant : it was SUPERB ! What a pity for all European circus fans ! .... Now I remember u performed in massy : I think I watched the show on french tv. .... Did u enjoyed Munchen ? For many years I came from France at the end of January to saw both the January and the February shows ! I saw so much beautiful acts here : jerry Wegman' mixed cage acts, Ursula bottcher Alone, Freddy gaffner, Alfred beautour, .... but the first instant I remember is when I arrived in front of the building in 1991, I went inside during the show as there was nobody at the door and saw CSKrone in the ring with 8 palominos performing with a very slow and quiet music ...I will never forget this moment !

Patricia said...

J.P.: Well, thank you; I just like to give credit where credit is due. We will have to agree to disagree on that point!
I truly enjoyed this mixed act, and my time in Europe. I too would like to have stayed longer. But, my son was a teenager, and just a little more than his Grandma could handle back in America! Parents do what they have to do.
You are correct that Patty Zerbini's single act in Krone was a wondrous sight to behold.
She is the ultimate performer, and capable of a wide variety of talents with animals.
I did enjoy Munich, although I did not have as much time to explore the history of the city as I would have liked. I also recall an afternoon walking into the building at Krone, and seeing CSK practicing a large group of Friesans. It was quite magical. R.I.P.
Crystal.