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Sunday, September 09, 2007

CAT ACT #4

PAT ANTHONY
I would assume since the shifting cage is so low to the ground, this is a fairly early photo. I do remember that Pat's original arena was 13 feet high, and when working props you had to be careful to get paired with an experienced partner to carry the sections.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Roger Smith said...

Pat left the Compound to go on his own in '53. Bill Johnston told me he designed that arena for Pat. The sections were 5' x 13', as you noted, and the cage was 35' in diameter. Bill added an extra foot in height since as we remember, Pat had a lioness that ran around the bars of the cage and often got close to the top.

As for the cage wagons, Pat left Thousand Oaks with some built there by Benny Bennett and Earl LeGrand. They built many of them, and all the Compound cat acts used them on various tours. I took some of them out on my routes with the West Coast shows in the late '60s.

9/11/2007 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Pat only once. He spent a few days at Beatty-Cole WQ when he delivered some new cats to Hoover. Pat was one in a million and from that brief encounter I carried a lifetime of respect.
:-)
Cindy Potter

9/12/2007 5:00 PM  
Anonymous darryl said...

Pat was my introduction to the fighting cat act of old and always enjoyed his stories as a young man.

9/12/2007 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Roger Smith said...

Cindy and Darryl: Pat was the real thing. You bet he was.

9/21/2007 12:45 AM  

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