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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!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

FROM MOULAY BRAHIM (WAZZAN)

Here are three photos given to me by Moulay at "Showfolks" last night,(the Hungarian dinner was delicious}.

MOULAY BRAHIM
Moulay is the husband of Fatima Wazzan, and an original member of the 2nd Wazzan Troupe brought to the U.S.A. by Fatima's father.

ST LOUIS POLICE CIRCUS 1956
This was the first U.S. engagement for the younger Wazzan's, seen here in the first & second row behind the policemen on the left.

Some of the other acts pictured in this powerhouse, L.N. Fleckles produced lineup, are, Freddy Logan, Jules Jacot, Lou Regan, The Amandis, Chai & Somay, The Yong Brothers & Sister, The Rudinoff Family, Antanucci Chimps, Lemke Chimps, Ben Dova, & Elly Ardelty, Peaches & Simmi,(The Simrus), Jenine Pivatou,
In the next to the last row (right} beside Shirley Logan is a young member of The LaBlonde Trio,(aerial bar act), by the name of Bill Strong

THE MOGADOR TROUPE 1938
Look at the size of this troupe, 19 people.
THANK YOU MOULAY!

9 Comments:

Blogger henry edgar said...

did we even realize how wonderful the shows once were? a troupe like this was amazing. today, most shows don't even have 19 performers.

4/06/2008 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MOULAY...GREAT...GREAT....JUNP....
AND...
THE... PYRAMID...FANTASTIC..
NO...WAY...NO...MORE...TODAY...NOT...EVEN...THE...RBBB....

4/06/2008 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks anonymous
Sure wish I could still jump like that, or even something close to that....
moulay

4/07/2008 11:49 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

There was an old farmer across the bridge from "Circus Farms" who fancied himself a philospher, three things he said about old age.

"You know you are getting old when you keep looking back".

"The older you get, the faster time goes by". &

"The reason you can't do the things you used to do, is because you did them then".

4/07/2008 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Jim A said...

Two names in the St. Louis line up reminded me of some cat act history. The St. Louis Zoo sold most of Jules Jacot's big zoo cat act to Paul Kelly. Jules was going to be partners with Paul on the business. They split the lions in the act into two acts. My guess is Lou Regan worked one and Jules the other.

4/08/2008 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Moulay,
I grew up admiring the Moroccan Troupes and I have great admiration for what you did. My father was with various troupes in pre WWII Europe. He was from Tangier, Morocco. I am sorry I missed your performances and wasn't able to enjoy your show.

Regards

5/05/2008 7:26 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Anonymous:
If you are still here, go to my November 2007 archives on the left side of the posts, scroll down until you see Ed Sullivan presents The Wazzan Troupe. There is a second Wazzan video on somewhere but I have forgotten where.

5/05/2008 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you 24-hour-man. I did enjoy the show, however short.

5/06/2008 8:36 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

anonymous:
I found the other Ed Sullivan, Wazzan video, & will try to post it with the other one

5/07/2008 5:48 PM  

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