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Friday, December 01, 2006

FROM JOHN HERRIOTT'S CIRCUS TRIVIA TREASURES

Here's another brain bender from Mr. Herriott, this one should really be interesting!!!! John,,,,,,,,I love it!

The almost human Gorilla parady has been a popular circus act. For the fun of see who can name at least five and who was the first one we can recall that was such a big hit with Ringling and spawned all the rest. Now, not just amateurs, but those that did it for a living.

johnny said...
Hey, not Dongo, Bingo and Zingo but the real person.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Bill Hall said...

Recall French fellow, Natal, as gorilla act with Ringling in 1940s or '50s. Other gorilla parodists may have included Norbu (Norbert Kreisch); (Charlie) Gutis Troupe; Tony Fossett; Klose Family; & recall seeing some Polish fellow in 1960s or '70s who did aerial act in an orangutan-type costume.

12/02/2006 7:15 AM  
Blogger Pat Cashin said...

I can name the Guttis, who I believe were first, and Norbert Kreisch as Norbu which seems to be the act that set the pattern for most that followed.

~Pat

12/02/2006 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NATAL....NATAL....NATAL....
THE FRENCH FELLOW.....
IS RIGHT.

12/02/2006 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BUT NORBU....
MAIDE THE MOST MONEY WIHT IT

12/02/2006 9:49 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I would just about bet a dollar to a doughnut who THAT Anonymous is.
The question had nothing to do with who was the best, or who made the most money.
I have this to say to a guy, who after years of retirement, continues to tell everyone how good he was. "If you want people to pat you on the back, get your hand out of the way"!!!!
It hardly ever gets mentioned that Norbert came to the USA, as a member of The Gutis Act.

Here is a quote from someone who was around in those days, Norbert did came over with the Gutis monkey act, it was not a gorrila or a pretty funny one that had a long tail and not a gorilla face but a monkey face.

12/02/2006 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

24-HOUR-MAN..... DONT BET A PENNY.OR A PICE OF CAKE.IT IS NOT NORBERT AT ALL.... YOU LOST...REAL BAD.........

12/02/2006 12:48 PM  
Blogger Mr. Lee said...

Billy Martin, Dennis and Anita Zoppe,, and the rodriquez kids.

12/02/2006 11:04 PM  
Blogger Mr. Lee said...

probobly the one with the shortest contract..... Lee Stevens, Ian Garden Jr. and Sharon Ward. LOL LOL , But we had a blast doing it!!

12/02/2006 11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELLO MR LEE.....GLAD YOU CAME ABORD.
WAS WONDERING ABUT YOU...LOL
WE NEW YOU WERE A MOMKEY MAN, AT ONE TIME...ITS GREAT TO HAVE A BLAST.

12/03/2006 6:03 AM  
Blogger Pat Cashin said...

Shane and Diana Hansen and Diana's son J.R. were doing a version at Western Playland (formerly Carson City) in the Catskills in 1998.

The Cassilino clowns did one on Cole Bros. in 2005. My son (who was 2 at the time) just kept yelling through the whole act, "Bad monkey! No! You STOP that, monkey! You are gonna get a time out." When we went back in 2006 he asked, "This isn't gonna have that bad monkey again, is it?"

I did one with the Dingbats baseball clowns at Perdue Stadium between innings of a Delmarva Shorebirds game in the summer of 2004.

12/03/2006 7:29 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Anonymous,
Not Real Bad, because I've never been afraid of losing or being wrong. Like I said ,it's not about who was best, or who made the most money. We all concede that Norbert was the best, & most successful, we just get tired of hearing it from him!!!!
By the way when I lose a bet, I always pay, who do I pay????

12/03/2006 8:41 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Wally Eastwood & Chona did it, & so did Gteg Friel, he used a small car for an entrance!

12/03/2006 9:09 AM  
Anonymous john herriott said...

Here is a new one. The late great Con Colleano made famous the forward somersault on the wire. Certainly one of the most difficult feats in circus history. How many other great performers can you name that also accomplished this feat as part of their repetoire ?

12/03/2006 9:27 AM  
Anonymous johnny said...

By the way in response to the great number of comments on the preceeding, another showbiz quote, " 24 hour man thanks you, unohoo thanks you and down the road thanks you From the bottom of our--------, Oh hell I forgot the rest of it.

12/03/2006 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Bill Hall said...

Re: Colleano's tight wire forward somersault, I recall seeing a young Spanish performer, Tonito, execute same on 1955 RBBB Circus. I think he (Antonio Paulo) may have been brother of featured heel-catching solo trapezist Miss Mara. I also think Karl Linares was able to complete forward on some occasions. -- Bill Hall

12/03/2006 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BRAVO....BRAVO....BRAVO.

BILL HALL. YOU WON....

12/03/2006 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

24-HOUR-MAN.
I NEW YOU WERE TRUE BLUE...
AND YOU SEE IT THE RIGHT WAY...
YOU ARE A GOOD MAN.....
TO PAY YOUR BET...
BUT NO WAY.
I WILL BUY YOU,A DRINK AT THE CLUB,
MAYBE 2.LOL

12/03/2006 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 UP OR SIERA MIST SODA...

12/03/2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

MAKE IT SPRITE!!!!

12/03/2006 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THEY DONT SERVE ....

SPRITE AT THE CLUB......

GOT YOU AGAIN....!!!!!!!LOL.LOL.LOL.

12/03/2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I had two of them last night. At least that's what I order every time, if they are giving me something else, I want my money back,,,,,,,,,,,,just kidding

12/03/2006 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT WAS SOMETHING ELSE....BELIVED...ME.
AS FOR YOUR MONEY BACK,ILL DO THAT ALSO...
NEXT TIME...ASCK HER....LOL LOL LOL.


BILL;
YOU ARE VERY GOOD MAN.
AND VERY SMARTH.....
KEEP UP THE EXCELANT JOB....

AND AS FOR JOHN; H.....
TELL ME WHO AM I.????????

ILL BUY YOU A DRINK.
AND IT WONT BE SIERA MISTH.
FOR SURE...

BILL.
YOU ARE GREAT...
I WILL LEAVE YOU ALONE,
FOR 2 WEECKS...

12/03/2006 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha' Ha' I doubt it! knowing the anonymus' (it) wont leave you alone for two weeks giving you that pleasure' but it is fun to read those comments. sorry I will just for this one also become an Anonymus. or I'l get hung by the great Anonymus. (It) is bigger then me.

12/05/2006 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

Sure would like to know who is that anonymous, does any one have any ideas?? Ninette.

12/05/2006 4:09 PM  

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