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!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

WHERE HAVE ALL THE DAREDEVILS GONE

I think the logistics of many of the old "Daredevil" acts of yesteryear might be a little impractical today. One day stands & overnight jumps would be out, and space on a fairgrounds is too dear to sacrifice any of it for riggings. In fact we had quite a battle years ago with a carnival owner who wanted to charge me for the space the Kimris Act was using. Not to mention there are just a handfull of performers left who will tackle rigging of any size. The following are best described as Dinosaurs of a bygone era.



BOTTOMLESS BICYCLE CAGE
Now here's one that was recreated not too long ago, by Ignacio Ibarra Jr., the difference was, his was hung from above & was pulled up by winch or by hand. Because it was hanging, and had no supports, or guy lines, it was a lot less stable & had to be much harder to control.

1 Comments:

Anonymous fatima said...

Where did Mr. Ibarra find this picture??? I saw this picture recently in a Dutch web-site.....the picture was taken years ago....There was also a picture of this kind of act with a lion cage at the bottom....very daring...

4/05/2007 9:25 AM  

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