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    "Most of us would be quite content to be able to stand upright on roller skates, apart from tricks like this - " A man and a woman in great sequinned skating outfits stand in the Pathe Studio with a curtained backdrop - the Lucerne Skaters. The man stands on a circular platform trimmed with a fringe. He wears black trousers and a black hat decorated with sequins and a white shirt. His partner wears a black and white shorts and bustier outfit.

    The man stands spread-eagled on the platform balancing on his skates. C/U of him as he carefully bends forwards to pick up a handkerchief which is lying in the middle of the platform. He picks it up with his mouth - very flexible. "Or this - (and all on a 6-ft. table!)" The couple clasp hands and begin to spin. The woman puts her hands around the man's neck and she hangs from his shoulders as they spin around - she looks pretty heavy. C/U of the two skaters taking a bow.

    "One slip here is a short cut to Hospital." The man crouches down on the platform and his partner climbs on his shoulders. He stands up and she lies back. He grabs onto her and begins to skate in a circle - he must be pretty strong. He then lowers her. He picks her up again and balances her on his shoulders spinning around faster and faster. Another stunt involves putting his hands on the platform and spinning himself around really quickly.

    Ends with a nice flourish!

    Note: the lack of any music on the soundtrack - just the sound of the roller skates - makes this act seem all the more bizarre!

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:36:00 / 01:28:13:00
    PSP 736
    Sort Number:
    PSP 736
  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure Lifestyle & Culture
    FnF Rollerskating Unusual Fancy Shirts
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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