THE LaBLONDE TRIO PORTABLE GROUND BAR ACT
On the off season we still had to eat, so we would get the portable rigging out, & work Jimmy Hetzer's Christmas dates, or head North to Canada where there were still some Night Clubs, & Theaters using Novelty Acts.
Montreal was wide open in the '50's, with some clubs that stayed open all night long, I can remember loading out of The Mocambo Cafe at 6:am, & there were more entertainers coming in. It was a Paradise for small acts, like Jugglers & Unicycle Acts because they could work almost anywhere, as I remember it The Cycling Kirks stayed in Montreal the whole Winter & worked all the time.
BRUCE, BILL, & BLONDIE
We had some friends that did a Ground Bar Act, & one time sort of "kidding on the square", they said we should make a deal, we wouldn't do ground bars & they wouldn't do aerial bars, so Blondie told them it was okay with him if they wanted to do aerial bars.
This was not a hard trick, but could be a treacherous one to miss. George Hubler did the trick in the act, we did,(Glen Martin & Co.), me being "Co.", he missed the trick but it turned him just enough to land on his heels, severely brusing them.
STEP-A-LEAN,(in case you haven't heard)
Bruce & Tony Steel.
You can see here what I was saying about Bruce's height, it was even more of a problem on this rigging, as he had to keep from hitting the other bar with his feet & also the ground, plus these bars were only 4 ft. long so he had to keep from hitting the sides when he bent his legs.