YESTERDAY'S TOWNS

HOWDY, MY NAME IS BILL STRONG, I'LL BE YOUR "24 HOUR MAN", ROUTING YOU INTO THE PAST TO SEE WHAT THE CIRCUS WAS IN DAYS GONE BY. IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, AND MISS WHAT IT USED TO BE, THEN COME ON ALONG AS WE GO DOWN THE ROAD FOLLOWING THE ARROWS BACKWARDS, TO "YESTERDAY'S TOWNS"! IF YOU HAVE CIRCUS RELATED PICTURES YOU WOULD LIKE POSTED, SEND THEM TO,,,,yesterday1@verizon.net,,,,AND WE WILL TRY TO FIT THEM IN. "24 HOUR MAN" WILL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION ON POSTING.

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Three years at CWM made me a real traditionalist, and I keep remembering Bob Parkinson saying, "I want the people to see what the circus used to be, not what it is today. That's what this site is about!

Monday, April 23, 2007

THE DAREDEVILS: #6

DESPERADO'S
German acrobat Ernest Gadbin performed for Barnum and Bailey just prior to World War I & was perhaps the greatest of all the Daredevils. Billed as Desperado, he did a swan dive from an 80 foot high platform landing on his chest at a speed said to be more than 100 feet per second, on a highly polished inclined wooden ramp that was also sprinkled with a thin layer of corn meal. The ramp was turned up at both ends and he would skid down one end, up the other, fly through the air, and land in a net.

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