Saturday, January 23, 2021




Chic Silber said...

Heinzdieter "Charly" Baumann

was perhaps the ultimate

tiger trainer/presenter of

the 20th century to many

shown here with surrogate

daughter Kismet

Chic Silber said...

I got to know them both

very well ever since

1965 when I built a 40"

revolving mirrored ball

for Kismet to perch on

regally as she turned to

the melody Shangri-La

Chic Silber said...

Years later I built a

light up tiger bottle

bridge for Taurus that

was suspended between

2 tall pedestals

Chic Silber said...

When Charly came over to

Ringling in 1964 his cats

were owned by his former

lover Ada Aureden who was

coowner of Circus Roland

She sold her tigers to Feld

when Charly married Ariceli

Charles Hanson said...

I have mentioned this before...When I hear Shangri-la I can still visualize this act. Later on, didn't he have a couple of tigers rotating or maybe three. It was a crown pleaser. Wonder how long the training took for the revolve?

Chic Silber said...

Several good stories about

the balls & the training

but I'll tell them another

day as I'm very busy now