• Short Summary

    One of the largest circuses ever to visit Africa has arrived in Dakar on Thursday (May 8) for the start of a tour that will take it to most of the West African States.

  • Description

    One of the largest circuses ever to visit Africa has arrived in Dakar on Thursday (May 8) for the start of a tour that will take it to most of the West African States. With a seating capacity of 3,000, the Mondial Circus presents 17 lions, 8 Himalayan bears, two dromedaries, a huge number of apes, snakes, hyenas and jacals - and a troupe of 14 human artists.

    The Mondial Circus - already in its third generation - has toured the world many times but has never before visited Africa. But at least one of its stars has been there before with another circus - the daring lion-tamer King Douglas whose main turn is to put his head into the mouth of the fiercest of his lions.

    Although the Mondial's main fame is for its animals - it also puts on a show which includes acts of magic with audience participation and a trapeze act in which the artist rides a motorcycle with the wheels spinning at 200 kilometres an hour on a reduced pivot.

    After a 20-day stay in Dakar, the Mondial Circus travels to Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo, Dahomey and most of the other West African States.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7XYCFM4TU4HMP6E9I1VWSCOFL
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XYCFM4TU4HMP6E9I1VWSCOFL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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