A crowd of 6,000 children shrieked with laughter Dec 18 as Bertram Mills gave a preview of the Christmas circus he is to open at Olympia, London, Dec. 19.
A crowd of 6,000 children shrieked with laughter Dec 18 as Bertram Mills gave a preview of the Christmas circus he is to open at Olympia, London, Dec. 19. The children were all orphans who had never been to a circus before.
This year's show once more offered many thrilling moments. After the Grand Opening Parade six Shetland ponies jumped in and out of large beer barrels carried on a brewer's dray. Two dwarf clowns added a comedy flavour to this novel act, presented for the first time in England by Douglas Kosamayar.
A head-to-head low wire act by a young Italian girl and her brother had the kiddies gasping in their seats. Hula-hooping clowns, headed by the great Coco made the children shriek with laughter. The fun was followed up by a breathtaking "Jungle Phantasy", presented by the Swiss Eugen Weidmann, in which three tigers, four lions, four panthers, two polar bears and two Himalayan bears took part simultaneously. Eugen used one of the panthers as a stole.
A sprained ankle cut short the sensational seven men 40 foot high wire act. The great Christmas treat ended with an elephant act in which five young animals delighted the children with their slow but spectacular movements.