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Billy Smart's Circus


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A special television show to celebrate 200 Years of Circus.
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

Jungle Giants
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 Weldens

Budgerigar Circus presented by Norman Barrett

Fabulous Foot Juggling
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
Billy Smart's touring Circus is now appearing at Kettering
See pages 26 and 27


Presenter: John Witty
Riders: The Svensons
Cyclists: The Bicycling Biasinis
Clown: Fattini
Elephants presented by: Billy Smart Jr.
Performer: Jose Herasio
Mime artist: Don Saunders
Balancers: null Weldens
Budgerigar Circus presented by: Norman Barrett
Foot jugglers: The Albertis
Animal act: Gilbert and Partner
Trapaeze artists: The Daring Palacys
Circus direction: Ronnie Smart
Circus direction: David Smart
Circus direction: Billy Smart
Musical Director: Ken Griffin
Producer: Mary David

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