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Topic: Flea Circus
Message: Posted by: randirain (Dec 5, 2020 10:57AM)
I'm finally achieving a goal of mine, and that's to build a Flea Circus.
This is the very first video in a long series.
See how it gets started, and please check back every Saturday for updates.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/6bdKPdTmczM[/youtube]

If the video doesn't work, here's the link...
https://youtu.be/6bdKPdTmczM


Randi
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 5, 2020 12:31PM)
LOVE IT!

Looking forward to seeing the progress. Subscribed to your channel.
Message: Posted by: randirain (Dec 5, 2020 01:26PM)
Thank you very much. With youTube, who knows if actually subscribing does anything. They're notorious for not notifying subscribers when new videos are uploaded.
Even with the notification bell on, but I appreciate it nonetheless, and I'll at least post here.

I think you will enjoy it...
My goal was to create a flea circus the way I first imagined it as a kid, to also strictly stick to the circus theme, and to actually make a structured show.
For example, having something like a merry-go-round is not circus to me. That's a carnival, not a circus. So there's nothing like that in mine.
It also has to be built in a show format. There needs to be a beginning, a middle, and an end, or the rule of three.
There will be three performing fleas. A beginning, a middle, and an end as the show.
Then each flea will do three routines. So within the show there's beginnings, middles, and ends.
Also the look will be more detailed, but more vintage style. I'm still not done, but really close and it's came out very nice so far.

Thanks for watching.

Randi
Message: Posted by: randirain (Dec 12, 2020 01:03PM)
If interested... The next instalment of my Flea Circus build is ready for viewing.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/083HWhOeegY[/youtube]

If the embedded video doesn't work or you want to watch it on youTube, here is the link...

https://youtu.be/083HWhOeegY

Randi
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 12, 2020 04:56PM)
Do you have no fear of table saws? Lol
I am looking forward to the progress of the circus.
And those banners... WOW

Went to your site and your poppit dolls look interesting as do your imp bottles.
Message: Posted by: randirain (Dec 12, 2020 09:24PM)
Quite the opposite. I've used one for over 30 years.
I'm about to be 50. I've worked in shops most of my life.
I have my own shop. I respect table saws.

In all that time, the only saw I have ever stuck my finger in was a band saw.
It wasn't even while cutting. I was knocking away cut off pieces.
Didn't even feel it except for the vibration. Wasn't sure I did it.
Went about an 1/8th of an inch straight in the middle finger on my left hand.
You should be more worried about me with nail guns. I've shot myself more times then I care to remember.

Randi
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Dec 13, 2020 03:51AM)
I have been working with power tools for over 50 years. Around 4 years ago I nearly lost a finger. I also could have bled to death. My body reacts very differently to power tools now. Just seeing your fingers that close to the blade makes my hair stand up. I got cut doing exactly what I saw you do, with the blade below the wood level and me pushing it. The blade got caught on the wood and shot it out like a baseball. Within a fraction of a second, my hand was on the blade.

I had several smaller incidents like you described, but after that experience, when approaching certain power tools, I get that same feeling most people feel when they step real close to the edge of a deep cliff. You get that tingly feeling that works it's way up your legs.

As a result, my hands are never closer than around six or eight inches of the blade. If the blade catches the wood, it can pull your hands into the blade in a fraction of a second.

Enough of the soapbox. I JUST LOVE your switchboard. I plan on getting one soon.

KJ
Message: Posted by: randirain (Dec 13, 2020 11:57AM)
How did the wood get caught?
I've had wood bind and shoot back before, but that was early in my time and I was crosscutting a skinny piece using the fence when I should have used the guide.
My biggest fear is my feet slipping and having to use my hands to catch myself, putting my hands in the blades to keep my head from going into it.
Which is why I always make sure my feet are planted.


Randi
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Dec 14, 2020 05:06AM)
Well, it was a dado blade, so perhaps its not as likely with a regular saw blade. However, it just put a healthy dose of fear in me. I hear you about planting the feet. I definitely do that too.

I do love your work, and I hope you never have a serious power tool accident.

I look forward to seeing how the flea circus comes out. I too have always wanted to build one. One day I shall.

KJ
Message: Posted by: randirain (Dec 19, 2020 10:59AM)
Ok... Finally I am actually starting work on the fleas...

[youtube]https://youtu.be/J13VHXLSm6s[/youtube]

The actual link...
https://youtu.be/J13VHXLSm6s

Randi
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 25, 2020 03:12PM)
Just had the chance to watch the highwire... I am enjoying the process.
Have a blessed Season!
Message: Posted by: randirain (Dec 26, 2020 11:01AM)
Latest Flea Circus video...
This one has something straight out of Tarbell.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/eFTJwz5JxcY[/youtube]

Here's the link...

[url]https://youtu.be/eFTJwz5JxcY[/url]
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 26, 2020 11:56AM)
:applause:
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Dec 27, 2020 11:56AM)
That was awesome! I think I could see Zig Zag! How do you keep him motivated? I'm sure it's not easy.

When you are writing the script for the patter, it is important to not use the wrong blood type for the fleas...
type O.

Two fleas stumble out of the bar late one evening. One says to the other: "We are going to have to walk, we are in no condition to take a dog."

Whatever you do, don't let your fleas itch ike

I gotta go for now, but I am so impressed you built that entire flea circus from scratch.

KJ
Message: Posted by: randirain (Dec 29, 2020 12:28AM)
Thank you...
It even gets better. Stay tuned for more.

Randi
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Dec 29, 2020 12:05PM)
We are itching to see more.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Dec 31, 2020 08:50PM)
I can hardly stand it!
Message: Posted by: randirain (Jan 2, 2021 10:07AM)
Wait no longer... The next video is up, and we're on to my favorite flea...

[youtube]https://youtu.be/-HuWJgzZyQ4[/youtube]

Here's the actual link...

[url]https://youtu.be/-HuWJgzZyQ4[/url]
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Jan 3, 2021 09:51AM)
:heavymetal:
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Jan 4, 2021 12:56AM)
Love it! Really amazing! I have seen many flea circuses over the years and this is shaping up to be one of if not the best!

KJ
Message: Posted by: Rook (Jan 4, 2021 10:27AM)
Brilliant work, Randi! I've always loved a good flea circus and this is impressive! Looking forward to your next video!
Message: Posted by: randirain (Jan 4, 2021 12:31PM)
Thanks all... The next one is my favorite.

Randi
Message: Posted by: randirain (Jan 9, 2021 07:50AM)
Here it is...
My favorite Flea so far.
The daredevil flea and his fire stunts.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/wk3R1JCOi4Y[/youtube]

Here's the link...
[url]https://youtu.be/wk3R1JCOi4Y[/url]
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Jan 10, 2021 03:01PM)
Looking forward to the next build.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Jan 11, 2021 11:53AM)
Awesome!
Message: Posted by: Rook (Jan 11, 2021 05:46PM)
Beautiful work!
Makes me want to go recruit some fleas!
Message: Posted by: randirain (Jan 16, 2021 09:19AM)
I'm up to the last flea. It's the strongest flea on earth.
Two more videos after this, and one of them is the performance.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/OQ61rurx8TA[/youtube]

Here's the URL...
[url]https://youtu.be/OQ61rurx8TA[/url]

Randi
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Jan 19, 2021 06:31AM)
:dancing:
Message: Posted by: randirain (Jan 23, 2021 09:22AM)
The last of the build videos...
After this, it's finishing up and performance.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/gZdOaAStB7s[/youtube]

Here's the link...
[url]https://youtu.be/gZdOaAStB7s[/url]

Randi
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 2, 2021 03:11PM)
I am sorry to inform you that the fleas have reached out to me for legal counsel.

It is our case that you are taking advantage of the fleas... just making it harder for the poor flea to flip the coin with the whole magnet ruse. What about overtime and living wages? What about working conditions? How would you like to be picked up with tweezers and dumped into sweatshop labor? Maybe you could build a limo for the fleas instead of the tweezers? Maybe you can help the fleas by making little "protest" signs. As much as you are overworking them, that is the least you could do for them.

We will be presenting our demands shortly. Wait, I shouldn't use the word "shortly". We will be presenting our demands soonly.

KJ
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 2, 2021 03:59PM)
OK, Here is our list of demands:

1. We are ok with the flea house, but we want a green pad outside the box with a helipad.
2. We demand a red carpet from the house to the helipad.
3. We are to be transported to and from the venue via helicopter.
4. We demand that the tweezers be burned.
5. We demand twice weekly outings on a big hairy dog.
6. We demand that you create protest signs just in case.

We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter.

The fleas.
Message: Posted by: randirain (Feb 2, 2021 04:25PM)
[quote]On Feb 2, 2021, 1KJ wrote:
OK, Here is our list of demands:

1. We are ok with the flea house, but we want a green pad outside the box with a helipad.
2. We demand a red carpet from the house to the helipad.
3. We are to be transported to and from the venue via helicopter.
4. We demand that the tweezers be burned.
5. We demand twice weekly outings on a big hairy dog.
6. We demand that you create protest signs just in case.

We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter.

The fleas. [/quote]

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Message: Posted by: Russo (Feb 2, 2021 04:25PM)
The Flea Union Boss just came by with with a Flea Collar and Powder- also a Cat to carry stragglers away Mmmmmmmmmmmmm (fun project- - thank you}
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 2, 2021 06:14PM)
How insensitive. To go as far as putting the photo of our relative on the can of poison. Heinous.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 3, 2021 04:08AM)
Loved the performance on youtube!
Message: Posted by: Rook (Feb 3, 2021 12:07PM)
Wonderful to see thin thing come to fruition!
I'd absolutely love a Flea Circus myself, but in all honesty I'm not quite sure how I'd fit it in my performance at such an investment.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Feb 7, 2021 10:53AM)
:applause: :applause: :applause:
Message: Posted by: J M Talbot (Feb 8, 2021 04:02PM)
Just stumbled on to these videos... great work and very fun to watch the progress!
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Feb 8, 2021 06:06PM)
Not sure if the link to the final show is on this thread. It's awesome...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVMqjY9HvCI
Message: Posted by: rhiro (Feb 20, 2021 09:51PM)
Superb work, Randi! There are so many ideas, techniques, and passion here that is so inspiring. (The magnet idea for perfect hole transfer made me smile.)

I especially appreciate you showing even your missteps that were eventually replaced or modified. Those are learning lessons for your viewers, too, and I think seeing what doesn't work is as important as seeing what you finally went with.

I hope someday that we can see video of you performing this for a live audience. I would love to see the reactions, which I'm sure would be wonderful.

Bravo!

Ross
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Feb 23, 2021 05:02PM)
Wow! That was one of the MOST AMAZING things I have seen in magic in a LONG TIME. Simply TREMENDOUS!

i hope you are able to present this magic show to children when you are 99 years old!

KJ