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A special television show to celebrate
Introduced by John Witty
In 1768, in London, Philip Astley gave trick riding displays, and from that small beginning modern circus grew. The riding act is still the very essence of circus and today, in a ring 42 ft. across-exactly the same size as that established by Astley 200 years ago-this tradition is continued by The Svensons
Other more recent acts, and some far older than circus itself, include:
THE WHIRLING WHEELS of the Bicycling Biasinis
SWAYING CLOWN aloft on a high, swaying lamp-post, an astonishing display of balance by Fattini
Indian elephants presented by Billy Smart Jr.
DOUBLE BACKWARD SOMERSAULT on the bouncing rope the incredible Jose Herasio
CLOWNING AROUND with piano and bagpipes the irrepressible master of mime Don Saunders
IT'S AN UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD for the hand-walking, roller-board balancing Wetdens
BUDGERIGAR CIRCUS presented by Norman Barrett
Italian brothers juggle with each other and bounce from a baby trampoline The Albertis
A swinging, smiling, dancing, riding
CHIMPANZEE Gilbert and Partner
DIVING INTO SPACE from a trapeze above the ring split-second timing is vital to The Daring Palacys
Circus direction.
Musical director. Ken GRIFFIN
Produced by MARY DAVID
Billy Smart 's touring Circus la now appearing at Kettering
See pages 26 and 27


Introduced By: John Witty
Unknown: Philip Astley
Presented By: Billy Smart Jr.
Unknown: Jose Herasio
Unknown: Don Saunders
Presented By: Norman Barrett
Unknown: Chimpanzee Gilbert
Director: Ken Griffin
Produced By: Mary David
Produced By: Billy Smart

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