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Topic: Flea Circus
Message: Posted by: restlessplots (Aug 6, 2003 06:48PM)
Not sure if this is the place to post this, but does anyone have information on building a flea circus? I have seen the book at magic inc, but have not bought it yet. Any thoughts on this subject would be welcomed.

Message: Posted by: Thoughtreader (Aug 7, 2003 12:40PM)
Abbott's is where you should check. There is a new pop-up book out there that has a flea circus to perform in it (the book does all the work for you) and there is a very talented mentalist in Germany named Ralf Froelich that has the best flea circus I have seen in a veeeery long time.

PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
Message: Posted by: Payne (Aug 7, 2003 04:55PM)
Try here

Message: Posted by: restlessplots (Aug 7, 2003 08:34PM)
Thank you both for your input, I know about both of these, although Ralf Froelich is new to me, does he have a web site? I guess I will have to surf the web and see what I come up with.

Thank you,

Message: Posted by: docdazzal (Aug 7, 2003 09:15PM)
Hi Rest...

Doc Dazzal here...trained flea meister extrodinare! Check out my web site at: http://www.docdazzal.com for exclusive trained flea info...continued success!

Best Regards,
Doc Dazzal
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Aug 8, 2003 09:30AM)
Magic, Inc., Chicago. Tom Palmer's Flea Act book - I believe they still have a few copies.

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.
Message: Posted by: ventman (Sep 8, 2003 05:43PM)
Here is my circus http://www.tilfordillusions.com/fleaCircus.html
Message: Posted by: Anabelle (Sep 8, 2003 09:51PM)
I think a flea circus would be so cute, I'd love to see one somewhere.

Anabelle :giving:
Message: Posted by: highmagic (Sep 11, 2003 10:12AM)
Tilford magic is marketing an electronic version. Sounds good, but rather expensive (6500$)
Message: Posted by: ventman (Sep 11, 2003 10:45PM)
Yes, that's my child. 6 months to build - 2 years to work out any "bugs" pardon the pun! I also lost a thumbnail in the process-and nearly my thumb.
Message: Posted by: highmagic (Sep 15, 2003 05:25AM)
Sounds good ventman - I love this kind of stuff, even if I'm afraid it wouldn't really fit in my mental show!
Message: Posted by: max21 (Nov 16, 2004 04:59AM)
Does somebody can tell me the difference beetween the flea circus sold by Stevens Magic Emporium at 2750 $ and the one sold by Tilford which look exactly the same but is much more expensive.
Message: Posted by: robb_randall (Nov 17, 2004 09:24PM)
I am totally "itching" to have a flea circus...

Message: Posted by: MagicMan1957 (Nov 18, 2004 03:49AM)
Is there anywhere online to see a Flea Circus video?....Either one from years ago or a modern one.

I saw one litte video online but the quality was horrible and I have a cable modem and new computer.
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Nov 18, 2004 11:03AM)
The problem with almost all the flea circuses I have ever seen is that the performers make the props do all the work. My friend Johnny Meah used to do a flea routine in circuses. He made it play well by giving the flea a personality. He looked upon it as a vent act without the dummy. He would talk to the flea, then listen for the answer and tell the audience what the flea said. This way the act played well for a thousand people. The only trick he did was have the flea jump back into the small paper bag that Johnny kept him in. Johnny used the old finger snap bit with the bag. It would surprise the audience and make them laugh. So if you are going to build a flea circus, don't just give the fleas funny names, make them truly come alive.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Nov 18, 2004 11:07AM)
The first one I saw was at Huber's Museum on 42nd St (NY) in 1949... I loved it!
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Nov 18, 2004 12:39PM)
I just came across a number for Roy Heckler's son. I will be giving him a call and let everyone know about this if there is anything to tell.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Nov 18, 2004 04:01PM)
On 2003-09-15 06:25, highmagic wrote:
Sounds good ventman - I love this kind of stuff, even if I'm afraid it wouldn't really fit in my mental show!

Have you ever thought about a flea circus mind reading act?
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Nov 18, 2004 04:34PM)
Todd...would be interested in the results of the Heckler call as well. Would be interested in his feeding schedule etc. on his arm. (uh).

(Can just visualize Meah doing that pantomime bit...hahaha...with that BIG deliberate great voice of his.)

Fortunate to have seen the Heckler show many times.

I use to talk with Andy Kaufman about it on the phone. It was one of his favorite spots to hang. Me too.
Message: Posted by: omnibozo (Nov 20, 2004 11:17PM)
I have been gathering the materials to build my first flea circus and have purchased nearly every book I could find through extensive physical store and e-searches. I would LOVE to hear some words of wisdom from Mr. Heckler... and Mr. Robbins has set my mind a-cranking, too. Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Mario Morris (Dec 13, 2004 07:01PM)
What books have you got on the Flea Circus?
Message: Posted by: calexa (Dec 13, 2004 07:13PM)
You want to buy or build a flea circus?

Alright, it costs you 2.750 $ (+50 $ shipping), and you can buy one:

Or you buy the "Building Kit" with a video and a CD for 55 $:

Have fun!

Message: Posted by: mota (Dec 27, 2004 11:07PM)
To learn how to do a 100% real flea circus, try to get a copy of the irregularly published magazine "Shocked and Amazed" put out from the atomic books site. You want Volume 2. It might be tought to find, but it is real, not a trick.
Message: Posted by: drwilson (Dec 28, 2004 08:36AM)
The "real" flea circus is also discussed in Ricky Jay's "Jay's Journal of Anomalies" (the collection in one volume).


Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Dec 28, 2004 09:44AM)
The article in Shocked & Amazed is a reprint of the chapter on Roy Heckler from Bill Ballantine's book Wild Tiger's and Trained Fleas. The reprint might be in The Best of Shocked & Amazed that is currently in print.
Message: Posted by: jondark445 (Dec 28, 2004 05:01PM)

I've been performing my flea circus for nearly six months now...and what Todd Robbins says is true. You have to BELIEVE in the fleas. While you can certainly build your own flea circus (which, if you're handy isn't so bad) or you can even purchase one. But the key to it all is the patter and script you come up with. That's what will ultimately "sell" your circus. Make the little buggers (pun completely intended) come alive.

I'm dancing a precarious line right now, because, strangely enough, I'm running into people who don't want to book me because they don't want fleas in their home.

Talk about being a victim of your own hype!!!

Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (Aug 29, 2006 07:29PM)
Hi All, I build very unique flea circuses with amazing effects, I do not have the time to devote to building these as I would like to - just do it in my spare time.

I have sold them worldwide. You can click onto http://www.freewebs.com/caputocollection/

Once on the homepage, click onto the 'Flea Circus Link'

Message: Posted by: Rev.moonchild (Aug 29, 2006 11:20PM)
You can build your own here is plans
Message: Posted by: Clifford the Red (Aug 30, 2006 03:14AM)
Tony Andruzzi as Tom Palmer also published a booklet on the Flea Circus, if you can find it.
Message: Posted by: drwilson (Aug 30, 2006 06:08AM)
Here is an account of the Alberti Flea Circus, with a dozen photos:


This was a great show! Jim Alberti spent about two hours talking to me between shows. Not content with reading the Tom Palmer book (which is very good), he looked up Tony Andruzzi himself years ago and got the story on the act first hand. The props for his show are based on the Tom Palmer approach.

Todd is absolutely right about the flea circus. Even with the most sophisticated of props, nothing much happens in a flea circus. The demands on the performer are huge. If you can't pull this act off with a paper bag, an embroidery hoop, and a pair of tweezers, an automaton costing thousands of dollars isn't going to work either.


Message: Posted by: akc22 (Aug 30, 2006 08:35AM)
The June 2006 issue of Genii magazine has a very nice article on the Hakan Varol Flea Circus, made in Germany. Hakan Varol was at the dealer's room in FISM demonstrating this very nice mechanical Flea Circus. He also has a web site, I will post the link if I can find it.
Message: Posted by: akc22 (Aug 30, 2006 08:37AM)
Here is the link to Hakan Varol's web site: http://www.hakan-varol.de/
Message: Posted by: ssucahyo (Aug 30, 2006 09:35PM)
I built my own flea circus, from Walt Noon plan. Very nice...
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Aug 31, 2006 10:21AM)
Ssucahyo's Flea Circus is FIRST CLASS all the way...beautiful job my friend...professional to the hilt.
(you had sent me photos awhile ago)
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Aug 31, 2006 01:31PM)
Ssucahyo built it from scratch?
Message: Posted by: ssucahyo (Sep 1, 2006 08:10AM)
Hi, the instruction is in the video taped, and I have to imported from US (mr. Noon suplied me)for some part, like the carousel, water pump.
I think the taped is crystal clear and easy to follow.
Doug, your Dark Museum also first class...till today I always proud to show that to friends and use in in my bizarre act!!!
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Sep 1, 2006 09:38AM)
Yeah...but your's is more 1st class than mine is 1st class.
Message: Posted by: ssucahyo (Sep 1, 2006 10:17AM)
Doug....even my fleas very scared to view your shrunken head...few days they can not work!! they really shock!! now I never put my Dark Museum near my fleas...
Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (Sep 28, 2006 03:17PM)
One of my circuses are currently for sale on Ebay, it is up on Sept. 29th, you can see it by searching my name on Ebay's homepage.

Chuck Caputo
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Sep 28, 2006 03:45PM)
Hey Chuck! You need to stop by the Café more often! How's stuff?