America'^ Favorita Circui W««kly
Volume 2 July 23, 1973 Number 29
show does ok The Winner Three prizes •• a raal elephant
Owner/manager Ralph Schappach-
sr, of the Diamond "S" Wild West or $5*000 in cash or a trip t* India
Rodeo, went into the hospital on — ware off Mud in a racant "Name
July 2nd for a knee injury, suffer- the Elephant* contest sponsored by
ed during a bull-dogging event on Plantar* Peanuts.
that day. Ha is now getting around The elephant, a one year old
with the help of two conns. Indian female, is owned by tha Plan-
Thus far this season the show ter* Peanut Co, They selected the
has been doing good business. They name "Cinders!lephant" submitted by
are using s 200 ft* long canopy James Vullo, of Buffalo, N.Y., while
top and all rolling equipment, sow he selected tha cash priza.
18 to 20 pieces, are newly painted,
Cherrokee Hammond is the show
announcer, while Tex and Marcy May*
The winn show
Karl Winn1s European High Wire
nard furnish the music, with organ Show wound up its recent tour with
and drums. This is the second year s July 9th dete at Seattle, Mash.
the Baynarda have bean on the show* The show had opened at Eureka, Cal,
on tofir on June 20th and business for the
three week run was described as "be*
The Murillos, balancing act, ing very good."
(Salvador Murillo and Ulyses Reyes)
recently embarked on e three month Attendance at Seattle was hurt
tour of South America* The act, was because the ahow'a phone room opsr*
booked by Leo Grand of New York ation had been closed down early in
City, for a tour with Sergio Ventor- promotion (see Circus Report for
ino'a Circus International, out of May 7» 1973). Two shows were pr«»sen«
Lima, Peru* ted at the Manorial Stadium In the
(Continued on Page 3) Seattle Center*
Peg* 2 The Circus Report
Test of Time
'jJhen he was just 9 yrs. old, Joe
C. Brown, became a part of the Five
the same route
Last month Doc Miller, general
.*tarvelous Ashtons, an acrobatic eg- it for Lewis Bros, Circus, was
troupe that toured with circuses traveling over some of the seme
and carnivals* mountain roads he made in the 1920'i
Later he reflected, "I suppose with e wagon show. In fact he vie*
ited the very spot where, back in
the lessons I learned in the circus those days, lightning had killed
stuck with me all through life* I the show's only horse, as the show
guess the main thing VMS the eager- inched its way over the Last Rivet
iess to please that circus perfor- Mountain range in e storm.
Doc reports that many old-tim-
a tv film
Recently an ABC-TV crew spant
four weeks on the Alberto's Ciicus
ers in the mountains ask about the
Old Dominion Shows. Silvan-Drew,
Silver Bros., Mighty Haag and Teete
It all recalls, ha added, e
in Australia, during its tour of once familiar comment to would-be
know it alls on various show*.
Tasmania. The show* based in Port-. "Makes no difference whether you
lend, Victoria, was selected as the came over here from Tests Bros, or
subject of the specie! TV film, be- Rlnglings, -• on this show we do it
cause of its entertaining shoe* this way."
The film, in color, is called
"A Pig Countfy • Alberto's Travel*
ing Circus and Zoo.* It las alrea- eral area.in afact they e van dey-
and-datad fe« towns*
dy been shown in Australia and is
now reportedly for sale to British Sole Bros* hes 2 tlgere, 5 Hone
and American TV outlets, 3 camels, 3 monkeys, 4 elephants
and several hoi6*0 <HMJ ^Oni68« Al»
Alberto's Circus is currently berto's is somewhat smaller and
playing in Queensland, while Sola haa 2 lions, but an Interesting
Bros* is also playing t.ie same gen- and attractive midway with a merry-
go-round, dart stand, knock-em-
THE CIRCUS REPORT is published each down and shootlng gallery.
week by Don Marcke, 525 Oak Street,
El Cerrito, Celif, - 94530 Vern Ellis, an Australian circus
fan and model builder, haa turned
Subscription ratest $1*00 per month performer and is now featured in a
or $5.00 for six months| $10.00 for rola bola act*
e full year* Air Mail service is an
• ... by M. L. Dupont
July 23, 1973 Page 3
NOTES a group of four* wae
This year the
fair at Sante
Rose, Calif. ,|
reportedly signed Tor the fair at (Jul. 16-28)
Santa Rosa* Calif, this weak. is presenting]
Allen's Petting Zoo played Placer- three etage
villa, Calif, early this month. shows, in
piece of the usual two shows. In
The Heppytime Circus is having its some cases acts are held over for
trucks ralettered and numbered. the following show, while other
The Karl Minn European High Mire ecte are changed.
Show reportedly drew good crowde at Those appearing on the fair's
Burlington, Mash, on July 7th. shows includet Pearce Sisters, The
Rinqling's Blue Unit switched some Snyder Bros., Lou Jecklich, Guy it
routes from its announced tour. Thus Ralna, Ouane Dancers, Glen Ash and
the show was att Shreveport, La. on the group called The Bright Side.
July 13-15| Jackson, Mise. on July NOTES . . « .
17*18 and Alexandria, La. July 20-22 The Golden Days of Chivalry wa-
The Shreveport Times for July 8th gon wee pulled from the July 4th
(Shreveport, La.) carried three sep- Milweukae parade when its team of
arate circus item* in the one issue. horses wae startled by sons unknown
The Heppytiee Circus got a plug in
the Santa Rosa, Calif, newspaper ON TOUR (Continued)
lest week on the besie it wee the on In 1970, the Murillos wade a
ly ehow in the west that cerries a tour of the Orient and Jepen, which
•enagerle. wae followed by a 1971 tour in Cana-
Rudy Bros, date et Cincinnati, Oh. da and the U.S., along with dates
was not in a Coliseum as was report- for Polack Bros. Circus. Last year
ad, but rather they played under one they appeared with the Three Cabal-
of Harold Bernee1 tents. leros Disney show, and early thie
Ohio CfA members are expected to year played some detee with the Cat-
ti Charles Circus.
put in a bid for the 1974 convention
which they hope to hold et Spring- Salvador (Sal) Murillo, who is
field, fro* Dallas, Taxes, has a new part-
About e million people were on ner this season in Ulyses Reyes, of
hand to see the July 4th Circus par- Lot Angeles, Cel«, the son of Alf««o
ade at Milwaukee, Misc. redo Reyes. Ulyses father, before
being crippled in en auto accident,
A cemel in the Milwaukee parade was for five ysars featured et The
broke loose during the event, bbt Dunes in Lee Vegas, Nov. in the or*
was quickly retaken. iginel role bole act.
Fisher Brtfs. Circua Bob Haawond Shows
ROUTES Jul 23 Akron, Colo* Jul 25-29 Fairbault, Minn •o
Beatty-Cole Circus 24 Yume 0. L. Manning Shows a
Jul 23 Oil City, Pa. 25 Wray Jul 23-28 Riaereburg, Pa. a
24 Youngstown, Ohio 26 Brush Megerle Shows
25 Canton 27 La Salla Jul 28-Aug 4 Warren, Ohio
Cardan Johnson Circus 28 Eaton Midway o* Mirth Shows
Jul 23-24 Fergus Falls, Mnn Royal Bros. Circus Jul 25 Decatur, 111.
25-26 St. Cloud Jul 23 Hearst, Ont. Cano. Mid-South Showe
27 St. Peter 24 Smooth Rock Fella Jul 23-28 Hodgenville, Ky,
26 Cannon Falls 25 Cochorane Mid-State Shows
Caraon a Barnes Circus 26 Iroquia Fella Jul 26-29 Rockton, 111.
Jul 23 South Elgin,111. 27 Marathon Millar Spectacular Shows
24 Hanover Park 28-29 No Show Jul 23-26 Marehall, Mo.
Circua Kirk Royal Wild West Circus Miaslaeippi Valley Shows
Jul 23 Cambridge, Ohio Jul 23 Fair Lawn, N.J. Jul 23-28 Benton, 111.
24 Woodefield 24 Enroute Moore's Greater Showa
25 Powkatan Point 25 Ledyard, Conn* Jul 24-29 Oceole, Nebr.
26 New Mertlnavllle 26 Hebron 23-26 Smith Center,K3.
W. Va. 27 Old Saybrook 27-29 Clay Center,Neb
27 Racine, Ohio 28 Oakdale Murphy Bros. Exposition
26 ot.Pleasant,*. Va Royson Bros. Circus Jul 25-29 Hibbing, Minn.
Clyde Bros. Circus Jul 23-24 Bryson City, N.C. Pugh Showa
Jul 23-24 Iowa City, Iowa 25-26 Andrews Jul 23-28 Oblong, 111.
26-29 Pekatonia, 111. 27-26 Murphy Ralthoffer Showe
Diamond "S" Wild Weet Tommy Scott-Tim McCoy Show Jul 22-28 Matartown, NY
Jul 23 Rockeway, N.J. Jul 23 Merrill, Wise. Roae City Rides
24 Honaadale, Pa. 24 Enroute Jul 24-28 Montgomery City, a
26 Morindaville.W.Va 25 Appletom Mo r>
27-28 Proctorville,0hio 26 Two Rivers Skarbeok Showe
George Matthews Circus 27 Chilton Jul 25-28 Hale, Mich.
Jul 24-26 Prospect, 111. 28 Plymouth Ralph Wagner Showe
Hoxie Bros. Circus 29 Sheboygan Jul 25-28 Hico, Texas •o
Jul 23 Lancaster, Pa. Sells It Grey Circus O
24 Willow Street FAIRS •t•••••• "1
Jul 23 Ludlow, Msss.
25 Kenneth Square 24 Naw Britain,Conn Ionia Free Fair
26 Media 25 Cromwell Jul 26-Aug 5 Ionia, Mich
27 Newark, Dele. 26 Meriden Mother Lode Fair
28 Thorofare, N.J. 27 Windeor Jul 26-29 Sonora, if.
Wei. Kay Circus 28 Eeet Otie,Mass Sente Barbara County fair
Jul 23-24 Eeu Claire, Wiec John Strong Circus Jul 24-29 Santa Merie,Cel
King Bros. Circus Jul 23-24 Canton, Ohio Stete Fair
Jul 23 Ormo, Wise. 25-26 Akron Jul 28-Aug 8 Crest .ills,
24 Two Rivers 27-29 Cleveland Wont.
25 Sturgeon Bay Wallenda Circus Yuba-Sutter Fair
26 Oconto Jul 27-28 Golfport, Miss, Jul 25-29 Yuba City, Cal.
28 Iron Mountain OTHER ROUTES QUESTION
28 Iron Mountain OTHER ROUTES QUESTIOK
Lewis Broa. Circus Peggy Flaming Ice Show Mhat happened to the
Jul 23 Widdleburg, H.Va Jul 24-29 Valley Forge. Pa. petrified man" that was dug
24 Blacksville Holiday on Ice up near Creede, Colo, about
25 Wannington Jul 23-Aug 12 Knoxvilla,Ten 1892?
26 Belington Little People of America Con.
27 Parsons Jul 23-27 Oakland, Calif* The fabricated figure,
28 Kingwood Mexican Rodeo for that is what it was, was
Miller-Johnson Circus Jul 27-29 Loa Angeles, Cal. dug up by J. J. Dora in Apr.
Jul 22-24 Hartford* Conn. Steamboat Days of 1892* The piece of scul-
25-26 Materford Jul 27-29 Peorla, 111. pture was given the name of
2? Stafford Springs Topper* the Clown Magic Shorn "McCinty" by the Creade
28 Danbury Jul 23-27 Ottawa, Ont. Can. Candle, local newspaper. Mc-
Olympic Int'l Circus ••••• CARNIVALS ...«•••• Cinty had been bought in
Jul 25 Pocono, Pa. American Eagle Shows Denver, end burled near
Polack Bros. Circus Jul 24-26 Ord, Nebr. Creeds by Bob Fitzsimmons, a
Jul 25 Klemath Falls.Orq 27-29 Atkinson gambler (not the fighter)*
Ringling-Barnum Blue Unit Amusements of America After some manipulations, he
Jul 24-25 Mobile, Ala. and Smith became
Jvl 27-Aug 4 ffliddlet'n,N.Y. "Soapy"was eventually its
27-30 Memphis* Tenn.
Ringling-Barnum Red Unit
Atlas Greater Shows shipped east, where it dis-
Jul 24-Aug 8 Inglew'd.Cal.
Jul 26-29 San Loandro, Cal* integrated. There have been
Royal Lipizzan Show
Central State Shove other such hoaxes in the
Jul 24 Bakerafield,Cal.
Jul 26-28 Pratt, Kane, past, such as the Cardiff
Continental Shows Giant, ard The Solid Wuleoon
26-27 San Francisco Jul 27-29 Bradford, Vt*
Dell A Travera Shove
28-29 Oakland Jul 23-28 Butler, Pa.
Rudy Broa. Circus Don*s Amusements
Jul 24-29 Baltimore, Md. Jul 23-26 Sibley, Iowa
James H* Drev Shows
Jul 23-28 Olney, 111.
Great American Shone
Jul 23-28 Herlock, N. Y.
Peg* 6 The Circus Report
Lessons to Be Learned ANNOUNCEMENT A ONETIME CHANCE
The Immense and Colorful
In a recant issue gf "The En-
quirer" newspaper, clown Emoiett L. WILSON POARCH INT'L COLLECTION
Kelly was quoted as saying -- You OF CIRCUSIANA
rtust stick to life's simple virt- is up for grabs In its entirety
ues and you'll have a sure-fire re-
cipe for happiness. This collection amreces thousands
You don't need a lot of mater- of Itens of circusiana and hundreds
ial things, said Kelly. "All you of circus titles and will be sold
really need are a loving family, a to the highest bidder above the
lot of friends, food enough to fill S4,800 minimum. Payment must be by
your stomach, shelter to keep you certified cashier's check and win*
unarm and dry, and a bed soft enough ning bidder must agree to packing
to sleep on. and shipping cost or effect prompt
pick-up* All bids must be in not
"If you have these things, you later than midnight, Thursday, Sep.
should be satisfied — you have 20, 1973.
got enough** he said*
for inner happiness, Kelly re- Collection includes more than 7009
ports, you must be yourself* There photos (1,200 ere 8xlO's)| 375 U.S.
is no uae trying to copy others, and foreien programs, 100 books,
for that is a lie that is bound to ,0
200 lithos, 2 0 0 negatives, 400
backfire in your face* Be honest slides, 14 albumns of recordings,
with others* he added, you'll al- 45 route books, all White Tops
ways be happier and aafer with the sinoa 1941, hundreds of press re-
truth. leases, and hundreds of miscellan-
eous items such as heralds, flyers,
Looking beck on his own life, tickets, passes, etc.
Kelly who is 74 said, he was alweyi
in too much of a hurry. "Now that SEND BIO TOi L* Wilson Poerch
I'M seal-retired, I have to stop 3706 No. Rosser St.
myself fro* hurrying* Alexendrla, Ve. 22311
"Try to live your life at an THIS IS TRULY A •BARGAIN"
easy pace* Don't be in too much of
a rush, are doing the right thing."
"I have only one religion. Do
unto others as you wieh to be done According to Kelly, his Weary
by* At long a* you follow that won* Willie appeals to people because
derful rule, it doesn't matter what they feel sorry for him* No matter
faith you follow. ho* many problems you have, Willie'
is in worse shape. By comparing
"You'll always know that you yourself to Willie, you feel better
July 23, 1973 Pag* 7
DWIGHT MOORC (pictured
laft) had his dog act Happytime Circus
at Pleaaanton and Free- The program currently being pre
no, Calif, recently. sented by the Happytime Circus con-
POPO, The Clown, prasan
tad threa kiddie show* Wiss Heidi - Juggling
at an Oakland, Calif* Kokq the clown and a balloon
atora on July 14th. Three trained goats
Waking of balloon animals
DAVE TuiOflCY had his kid Wire walking dog
dia cara at the Pleaa- Goofus and Koko - role bola
anton, Calif, fair aar- Hula Hoop contest
liar thia Month. The Beby gorilla
DAN RUSSELL provided The Wendany Family - acrobats
stock for a rodeo held at Sonoma, Ca Three liberty ponies
on July 14-15. High dive dog
J. KING ROSS was featured in the A general rundown on the show,
July 15th issue of Grit magazine. including its physical equipment
was reported en July 2nd.
BILLIE GRUBBS is lithographer for
Lawla Bros. Circus. He also serves
in working «ith the show sponsors. for reading The
FRANK and BERNICE DEAN visited We'd like to have
GAYLORD WAYWARD and BUTCH and SHIELA you tell your
FRANK ON THE Royal Llpizzan Show at friends about it,
Long Beach, Cal. on July 9th. Butch so they too can
is the eon of veteran wild vast par- be a regular raa-»
orner TAfflA FRANK. On July 11th der.
'FRANK DEAN got photos of Gaylord's For Just $10.00 a yaer you'll get
•ulea and horaes for an upcoming a copy every weak - so order today*
Writet Don PlerckB, 575 0*»k Street,
JAMES HARGROVE and BOB TRIPP were El Cerrito, Cel. 94530
seen visiting at the Pleasanton, Cal,
Fair last week.
credits OTTO GRIEBLINC with a great
GREG STONE, a CFA member, is now deal of his success.
handling announcing chorea with the
Anderson Roman Show. HAROLD SIMMONS has reportedly
quit show business and ia now work-
HARRY RAwlS, mgr. for King Bros, ing at a golf course in Florida.
reports his son is handling conces-
sions on the Beatty-Cols show* THE GREAT UNUS who is now retir-
ed, reportedly owns a shopping cen-
RON SEVERINI, an RBBB cl uin, ter near Sarasota, Fla.
July 23, 1973 Page 8
The Big One
.. ..... by H. T. Dreyfus
Caught Singling Blue at Houston
(July 4*11) and enjoyed the sho«.
The whole production maa beautiful*
wardrobe ia great and that Midget ie
a real crowd pleassr. Clown Oougia
Ashton was a merry screaming sensa-
tion in all his skits. H« has the
walk and Minnarisais of Chaplin down
to s T.
On Friday evening (July 6) Char-
lis Bauoiann was mauled by ona of hia
tigers during a rehearsal aftsr the
night show* Hasn't able to find out
how badly he was hurt, but he didn't
make any shows on Saturday*
f. valle dies
Felix Valle* acclaimed as one
of the world's greatest cowboy
rope spinners, died at the age of
58 on June 29th. Will Rogers, Jr.,
said, "he probably was the great*
set two handed roper there has
Valle was known for his work
in theatres, fairs, circus and mo-
tion picures. During the offseason
he worked as a playground roping
instructor in the Los Angeles area.
He had been on the John Strong and
DaWeyne Bros. Circus, but for the
past 6. or 8 years was semi-retired,
Among the ropers attending
ths services at Holy Cross ^ema-
tary in Culver City, Calif, on Jul.
2nd weret Frank and Bernice Dean,
Les Walker, Sylvester and Barbara