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Saturday, February 09, 2008

THE SUNDAY MOVIE: CONTINUING THE WEEKEND OF WILD ANIMAL ACTS, OUR FIRST FEATURE, JOHN COX WITH THE HAWTHORN GOLD TIGERS

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only relevance that this post has is that I shall mention the name of a young man who trains and presents lions - and this will be of interest to Bill, if to nobody else.
Last Saturday (2 Feb) Martin Lacey Jr and Jana Mandana (both of Germany's Circus Krone) became the parents of a son, their first child. I have been told that he has been named Alexis, apparently in honour of Alexis Gruss. There are far worse reasons.
That's all I know so far, which does suggest that there were no problems with the birth.
No doubt we all wish young Alexis a long and happy life. With those two as parents, he's got a really good start.

John Cooper.

2/10/2008 7:52 AM  
Blogger Mike Naughton said...

The ring curb was ED MIGLEY'S.

Strange what one remembers,
and odd what one forgets...

2/11/2008 6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the act that Trudy trained?

2/11/2008 9:32 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

anonymous: I think John Cox was the first one to work this act, it was then worked for 4 years by Jacquline Zerbini, & then Trudy had it for 10 years. The backward hindleg Tiger,(Mr T), & the walk over tiger,(Sherkan), and some of the females were still in the act when Trudy started working it..

I'm sure Wade could give us more info about the origin of the act.

2/11/2008 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Wade G. Burck said...

Billy,
That's fairly accurate. I might just mention Shush whom was added. Father of the immortal Obi. For the record, Shush was one of the nicest tiger's I had the pleasure of being around. Truely a big goof. Also is it not an injustice that the same prop's make people think it is the same act? A indication of how close they really watch, and how their memory serves.
My best,
Wade Burck

2/11/2008 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Wade G. Burck said...

Mr. Cooper,
A really good start? I would suggest that with his talented parent's he has a really GREAT start.
Regards,
Wade Burck

2/11/2008 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Dan H said...

Wade, I must agree with the whole prop scenario, as how many acts/trainers have used the big bulky Cuneo folding pyramids?

2/11/2008 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Wade G. Burck said...

dan h compared the the "cakes" the poor German's, they weren't too bad.
Wade Burck

2/11/2008 8:36 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Once again I'll remind you, Cuneo did not invent this pyramid, Marcan did. And again, Trudy our cage boy, & I used to load it overhead in the cat truck, and finally how many times have you seen a trainer spend half the act moving props around????

2/11/2008 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Dan H said...

Wade, i remeber, in the backdoor rat adventures I talked about on Buckles Blog, I helped Judit push the cake onto the prop basket using the highly customized loading system, a loose section of plywood. Very handy indeed. Of course this was after I helped in loading the props for Big boy Bo. So the Cuneo cakes were no problem.

Bill, I see your point, more often than not a trainer will spend a considerable deal of time moving props around. And tis video of John Cox proves those pyramids work very well. I was told once that these pyramids could also be lifted by winches, is that true?

2/11/2008 11:35 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Ban H:
Cuneo eventually put winches on this one, I'm sure to save Jacquline, from having to do it by hand. This one was made of aluminum, the later ones were stainless steel, & I believe actually lighter.

2/12/2008 1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy,
The winches were put on the pyramids in 1973. Nothing to do with Jackie. And in all my year's at Hawthorn I have only known of one being given "special considerations". Realisticly the only one's I cant' speak to are Voss, Otmaru , and Marny Dar, and Louie Delmoral. The new one's are heavier, tho designed better to eliminated the "mouse trap" effect. Down side, added middle bar, makes lifting by hand impossible, if motors should fail, and they do, believe me. I think who "invented" is speculation, just because the trainer with Hawthorn at the time, built one later when he left. He also built exactly matching cages. Interesting that he sold it later to Hawthorn. Somebody thought it was a bad idea, and somebody thought it was a great one. That's my take. The cakes were an effort to make something different! !!!! After 40 years!!!!! And were designed to work on a smooth surface, "like in theatres and nightclubs."
Wade Burck

2/13/2008 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy,
I might add. Been there done that. The new Hawthorn system of loading overhead on carts, is greatly advantageous to the older system of lifting it by hand and dragging it onto an overhead shelf. Add to that the 20 sheet's of plywood for cage covers, and the 33 aluminium plates for cage divider's.
Give my best to Trudy,
Wade Burck

2/13/2008 9:20 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

wade:
In the time you were on ""hiatus"", we used to joke about the names of the winter quarters bunch. There was Roy, & Cindy, Gary, Susan, Trudy & Bill, Rhul, & Elke, Joe was referred to as "what's his name", and Mr. Voss!

2/13/2008 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy,
I am not following the joke? Who is Joe? Let me know?
Wade Burck
wburck3@aol.com

2/13/2008 4:15 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Joe, was Joe Frisco, we were just a bit pissed because it was always "MR." Voss!

2/13/2008 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy,
I see. And surely you the reason why, don't you?
Wade Burck

2/13/2008 5:53 PM  

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