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Mr Amazeo
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Magic, Inc., in Chicago, still carries The Famous Flea Act for $10. Cute stuff. Their description:

A complete act. Material on this subject has always been scarce, yet there has always been someone using this delightful hoax, somewhere in show business. The Flea Circus has been done indoors and out, on stage, in theatres, at fairs, close up, in circuses, in Ten-In-Ones, and more recently, in trade shows. Presentation: The audience see a table or stand set out with all the fascinating gear and trappings of a miniature circus. An arched sign at the back, proclaims the name and merits of the show, lit up by small lights. The performers on this apparatus and in the air above it are talented fleas - so the Ringmaster says. By the time the exciting and action packed show is finished, many spectators are sure about the fleas, while others are doubtful, but nobody knows for sure! The entertainer never loses sight of his job for a moment - which is to present a flea circus - a three ring show of performing fleas! Every detail covered with illustrations to make all props, signs, carrying case, etc.

No affiliation, just passing it along.

http://www.magicinc.net
marknem7
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Richard Kauffman pointed out in a Genii issue a year or so ago a German flea circus creator he had seen perform and liked.

His name is Hakan Varol, and is selling his circuses and a variety of accessories (approx. $2,000 if you were to buy everything) on his website: http://www.hakan-varol.de/

The site is all in German, but you shouldn't have too much trouble maneuvering yourself around it. Look for the "florzirkus" buttons. There's a one-minute video demo of some of the accessories in action.
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I have my own flea circus, I built it myself.
I learn from Walt Noon video, this video will teach you very clear how to build your own. Now I install remote system. and you can buy the remote direct from Walt Noon. he is very nice guy...

Cheers,
CC
Creator of the "High Voltage Gimmick" and Shaman's spirit table
https://youtu.be/Rlgl4CzUa98

IG: @affordable_illusions_magic
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Stevens Magic has a lot of material on flea circuses, from complete ones to building your own.

Bob Phillips

http://www.stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=4419

http://www.stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=4427

http://www.stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=8485
Mario Morris
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Thanks once again for all of your valuable input.
Mario
Ben Whiting
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You could try contacting Jim Alberti. He's been traveling with his flea circus since the 80's and has been using it as his sole source of income for a long time. I've seen his show multiple times, it's funny, charming, and the way he left hand pitches the mouse is a thing of beauty! He could definitely answer any questions you have.

http://www.albertifleacircus.com/pages/pgq.html
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Thanks all.
I now finally have my flea circus and it has been going down a storm.
Training the little fellas has been hard but the result is pricless.
I will provide you with some pics at some point.
Fat Hats to you all and have a great season.
Mario
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I just wanted to add, I have been busking with my flea circus and it is all what I invisioned it to be and more. I have been creating huge interest with it. The main diffrence I have found is that I can keep rooling the show over and over again. Not stopping even for a coffe hard work but great fun. My partner has been standing to the right of me making ballons while I just draw them in. It means I can hat twice and they still come forward and tip for a ballon.

I beleave this is an old approach to busking, no need to queue for for window at a pitch. Rather finding our own pitch, perhaps not worked as much but working it for the day.

Well I am chuffed, about 5yrs ago I developed the desire to perform the flea circus. It seems to take advantage of my experiance as a performer and grafter. Yes I even had Svengali deck weaved into the show.

The responce I am getting is priceless children and adults just stairing with their mouths wide open. Street kids seem to be won over as well, full of attertude at the begining smiles and laughs by the end..

Their is only one way you can deliver this show on the streets. You have to totaly beleave in trained fleas. Oh and it helps if your nuts as well.

Many thanks to Walt Noon.
Mario
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Hi All! Flea Circuses seem to be the 'buzz' nowadays. I am a builder of such novelties, you can check some of them out at: http://www.freewebs.com/caputocollection/

There is a link on the homepage.


All the best,

Chuck Caputo
Martin Duffy
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If you want classy looking Flea Circuses built in either real old cigar boxes or Mossman luggage trunks go here...
http://www.yourfleacircus.com

"These are by far, the mite-iest Flea Circuses I have ever seen. Nothing lousy about it."
Charlie Frye

"Martin showed me his amazing Flea Circus at a magic convention recently and I have been scratching my head ever since"
John Archer
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Hi Martin
I am working with a walt noons at the moment, I little to big for sure but one great collectors item. I do like the cigar box size nice. You can see a pick of mine under Themed Shows on my web-site.
Mario
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