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Topic: A List of Flea Circus Acts...
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Sep 27, 2004 10:08AM)
Kicking a football*
Flea Soccer
Trapeze act
High Dive
Pulling a weight like a train or car or Chariot*
A Chariot race*
High Wire
Dancing in costumes*
Strong Man*
Parade
Flea Cannon
Drinking a whole glass of milk thru a straw.


Stars denote tricks done by Real Fleas in a Real Flea Circus seen at Hubert's Museum, Times Square NYC and run by Professor Heckler.


What have you seen or can come up with? Please expand the list if you can.


Doug
Message: Posted by: Avrakdavra (Sep 28, 2004 07:54AM)
Turning a carousel.
Message: Posted by: Magicusa (Sep 28, 2004 07:35PM)
How about blowing up a balloon or ball.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Sep 29, 2004 06:51PM)
Flea Fu: Breaking a board.
Message: Posted by: freakshowjim (Oct 10, 2004 10:08PM)
Hi, I've never seen a flea circus act before coz there isn't any one here in Singapore, I am currently doing close up and children birthday parties, and am very intrested to bring this sort of effect here, can anyone please advice on how to get started, any books, do you actually have to build one yourself or are there ready made sets, what is the best set available?
Thanks Jimmy

Okay, I just realised flea circus are very expensive, but while surfing around for it, I came up with a few things myself...
-ARIBIC FLEA AND HIS MAGIC FLYING CARPET(ufo card)
-CARD FINDER FLEA(Mcbride's kundalini rising)
Meanwhile I am still sourcing for things to get started, if anyone can help, Routines, Presentation ideas, music, books.. anything at all, help would be greatly appreciated THANKS----Jimmy
Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Oct 22, 2004 06:31PM)
I recently purchased an extra large heavy duty cigar box with two wooden trays. the top tray flipped upside down sits at the perfect level in the box. If I ever get caught up on other projects, I plan on building one with a backdrop that folds out from inside of the lid. Look in cigar stores at the extra large boxes. the nice ones will cost a few dollars more than the regular ones.

Try searching right here in the Café for similar threads.

Rola bola
rolling a ball
lifting a ball (strong man)
tiny motorcycle thru flaming hoop
drinking tiny bottle of liquor (milk pitcher principle)
Guillitine of death(finger chopper)
Flea smokes giant cigar and blows smoke rings(mini cigar)

Side show:
Half flea half ladybug
conjoined twins
flea with tiny snake tail
world largest flea
worlds smallest flea

Boggles the mind....
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Oct 22, 2004 06:39PM)
Like your thinking! I'll make you a larger than life Flea display model for your lecture.

You can save money on the World's Largest Flea by wearing a name tag that says just that.

Doug
Message: Posted by: v_alfano (Sep 26, 2006 05:44AM)
What's about a Knife thrower Flea?
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Sep 26, 2006 08:26AM)
Death Defying leap through a flea collar?
High wire bicycle act?
High wire balanced pyramid?
Wonder if a ring of small neodyne magnets could drive a juggling act?
What about a Flea-Eating Mantis Trainer act? Okay...that's stretching things.
Flea stiltwalkers powered by bottom magnets?
Flea Mardi Gras "Big Head" parade characters?
Shouldn't a Flea Circus have a Flea Band? I mean, it stands to reason!

:) Skip
Message: Posted by: One Man (Sep 26, 2006 06:52PM)
Tap dancing flea
Bubble blowing flea
See Saw
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Sep 26, 2006 07:15PM)
Flea plate spinning
flea writing (spirit slates)
Message: Posted by: tim_mantis (May 22, 2007 11:40AM)
Sword fighting,
Riding a tricyle,
Riding a penny farthing,
Pulling a carousel,
Turning a windmill,
Dancing fleas (in pairs and alone, in costume!)
Tightrope walking (both upside down and the right way up!),
Juggling a ball; and the act that intrigues me the most:
Jumping through a hoop on command.

ALL performed by genuine fleas in various historical (and one current) flea circuses - no hidden mechanics or trickery.

Does anybody know of any other real flea circuses currently performing, other than the Mathes circus at the oktoberfest in Munich ?
Message: Posted by: One Man (May 24, 2007 06:49PM)
Adam Gertsacov has a flea circus. Try Googling his name...I do not have any contact info.

Kevin
Message: Posted by: Budihaha (Jun 19, 2007 07:03AM)
When I went to Singapore, I bought a bargain big book which contain Flea Circus tricks. It was about a year ago. I forget which bookshop carry that book, but I only went to Borders, Kinokuniya and Popular bookstore.

My kids very happy to operate the circus as Flea Circus Master, page by page.
But the mechanic are not good enough, so my kids ruin some of it. :(

Regards,

Budi Ha Ha
Message: Posted by: Doctor Zolar (Apr 19, 2009 05:09PM)
I think the important thing in Flea Acts are that: Would a Flea really be able to do this?
Once you get outside that equation, it will seem you are doing "magic tricks" and the audience will no longer believe that there ARE REAL FLEAS. Flea Circuses made up of magic tricks will be fun and maybe entertaining and provide lots of laughs but will provide the realism to pull off the effect of REAL FLEAS.
I have been building a Flea Circus for 4 years now and constantly remind myself of the REAL FLEA equation. It's like doing a seance or spirit demonstration that must be played for real, or it falls into the magic trick area. I have started and then backed off many ideas and routines that were too far into the magic area.
I guess others can play their Flea Circus any way they, of course, but I have to operate this as real as possible. I have all the info from Walt Noon from 2005 and it is good starting material FOR ME, and am using some of the material and effects, but I am going the for the non-magic performance. I will not do any sort of magic related effects or other magic any where near this Flea Circus that I am still building. I am 80% done, I think. By the way, under the Flea Stage is only 1/2 inch thick. (No suit case, no trunk, no depth under the stage. This is played as real as it can get. I told Walk Noon that the depth under the stage was so troubling for me and that I was working on something really different. My goal is a good 30 minute show, that can be changed somewhat with different routines for 3 or more audiences that might see and attend the same venue on the same day. Of course, I will have material for an hour show, but don't want to go there and of course, I can shorten the show to any shorter time frame.
I am NOT building for others. I just wanted to give you an idea that you don't have to use routines that could be in any way "magicial." or "tricky looking". (You know what I mean.)
For those that bet me that I don't have a "real flea", I will have some - on hand.
I have also built a Calliope, (small pipe organ) from scratch, to add authentic music before, during and after the show.
As in the movie, Total Recall... "OPEN YOUR MIND...... OPEN YOUR MIND".

I will post pictures as soon as I think the pictures represent the true finished nature of the project.
Message: Posted by: Doctor Zolar (Apr 19, 2009 05:37PM)
This blog does not have "Spell Check" or "Think Check" so I see I might clarify a couple things.

This should read: "Flea Circuses made up of magic tricks will be fun and maybe entertaining and provide lots of laughs but will not provide the realism to pull off the effect of REAL FLEAS."

This should read: "I guess others can play their Flea Circus any way they want, of course, but I have to operate this, as real as possible, for it to be as believable, as possible, for others ... and fun for ME."

Yes, 1/2 inch stage thickness. Think really old version Sawing a Woman in Half -VS- the new thickness of the NEW Sawing in Half. Now, think ahead........ another 100 years.... What will that be like? Thinner... thinnner....thinner.
Message: Posted by: Sven Svenson (Apr 20, 2009 05:15PM)
I use a humbug but Sven has a REAL flea circus as well as a humbug, we can get the fleas harnessed to do the tricks etc but they don't last long so its not much use for shows.

some tricks no one has added that our mossman range come with are....

seesaw,
swing,
flea rolling a barrel up hill,
flea raising up a match stick,
when used with our fake fleas most people leave wondering if its real or fake, most are convinced but even the ones that aren't still think it might be.

I recently made a full set of (extra light weight for dog or cat fleas) REAL flea props for Marco in Germany, don't know if he is using them yet (or should I say trying to! LOL).

best wishes,
Eric
http://www.svensons.co.uk
http://www.yourfleacircus.com
Message: Posted by: jlevey (Apr 24, 2009 04:41PM)
For those not yet familiar... check out Chaplin in his film Limelight. He performs a hilarious act with fleas. A treat to watch!

Jonathan
Message: Posted by: gphrenol (Jan 17, 2010 05:07AM)
I have made a flea circus and can tell you thousands of dolors for one is not a bad price compared to all it takes to custom make one. It has mostly traditional items, trapeze, high dive, cannon, car race, etc. No doubt the presentation and audience involvement is what it is all about.
The fun of making your own is coming up with improvements in techniques and finding out how to make the props fit your personality. Every time something is made again it hopefully get better. I too try to not make the fleas do magic but rather have them be the magic. With time each item improves, but building a circus does commit a person to particular designs. As Zolar wisely says it is a lot like building and performing a séance, which I also do.
Message: Posted by: crislartiste (Apr 13, 2010 10:12AM)
Hello every one I am building a fleas act can some one tel me where to find the book THE FAMOUS FLEAS ACT by TOM PALMER is look impossible to find on shop in the net I am looking for second hand ? is no easy I try e-book nothing PDF nothing a-b book nothing I buy and send money to Magic Depot and nothing........ if some one cot the book and want to sell I am her lartiste@zahav.net.il . I am a medicl clown in israelis hospital and Comedy Magic hope some help Thank you all .Cris L`artiste www.get/cris .....:o)

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On 2010-04-13 11:12, crislartiste wrote:
Hello every one I am building a fleas act can some one tel me where to find the book THE FAMOUS FLEAS ACT by TOM PALMER is look impossible to find on shop in the net I am looking for second hand ? is no easy I try e-book nothing PDF nothing a-b book nothing I buy and send money to Magic Depot and nothing... if some one got the book and want to sell I am her lartiste@zahav.net.il . I am a medical clown in israelis hospital and Comedy Magic hope some help Thank you all .Cris L`artiste http://www.get.to/cris .....:o)
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Message: Posted by: Sock Puppet Monkey (Nov 20, 2010 10:01PM)
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On 2009-04-24 17:41, jlevey wrote:
For those not yet familiar... check out Chaplin in his film Limelight. He performs a hilarious act with fleas. A treat to watch!

Jonathan
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Jonathan,

thanks for the reminder about Chaplin in Limelight. I'm off to check out YouTube.
Message: Posted by: dennfox (Nov 21, 2010 10:58AM)
Joe Pon at Misdirections Magic sold me a copy of the Tom Palmer book almost a year ago. He does mail order and his shop is in San Francisco.

Posted: Nov 21, 2010 10:01pm
Just spoke with Joe Pon of Misdirections Magic and he said Flea Circus Book by Tom Palmer is out of print and he sold his last copy several months ago.

Posted: Dec 6, 2010 1:59pm
So now who are the performers out there who are doing a flea circus? Daniel Cros comes to mind!
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Dec 15, 2010 03:35PM)
Me!
Message: Posted by: Paul Budd (Jan 7, 2011 10:56AM)
If someone said this already, I apologize: I think it may be critical to point out......that through history, there HAS BEEN a small cohort of performers who used REAL fleas in their shows! That's important (or so I think it is) in this discussion.


When seeking answers to this question......one has to differentiate: REAL fleas or (ahem) FAUX fleas??
Message: Posted by: Payne (Feb 4, 2011 06:35PM)
My Circus starts out with a Mime Flea
Message: Posted by: Martin Duffy (Feb 20, 2011 07:25PM)
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Posted: Dec 6, 2010 1:59pm
So now who are the performers out there who are doing a flea circus? Daniel Cros comes to mind!
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At Svensons we supply Flea Circuses around the world - currently we have a 7 month waiting list!
Some of our customers:
Marco Assman from Germany was the subject of a documentary focusing on his Flea Circus
See an excerpt here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFCEg7wGlAk

Jay Ryan from Ireland performed 108 (yes - one hundred and eight!) Flea Circus shows as part of the Galway Arts Festival
See a news piece here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy9diHU7hi4

John Pulson from the UK
http://www.professorpulson.co.uk/html/events_.html

Other famous owners and performers of Svensons Flea Circuses are Charlie Frye, Paul Romhany and Tim Trono
Admirers include David Blaine, Paul Daniels, John Archer, Kevin James and Mac King

Steve Legg also from the UK sold his Flea Circus from another manufacturer to buy one of ours!

Regards

Martin
http://www.yourfleacircus.com
Message: Posted by: Martin Duffy (May 24, 2011 07:17PM)
We have been selling Flea Circuses now at http://www.yourfleacircus.com for just over 3 years and have orders up to October now. I want to give the subscribers to this group notice that I will be advertising in MAGIC magazine soon and expect a few orders from that.

If you want a Cigar Box or Mossman Flea Circus I would advise you to contact me now to order.

Every week I get an email asking if we have any in stock and I have to advise they are all made to order. If you want one ready for next Summer’s shows then don’t delay – just think…if I only get 9 orders from the advert then you wouldn’t get one in time!


Email me direct at martin@martinduffy.com for the latest newsletter and pictures of recent Flea Circuses
Message: Posted by: Jeff Christensen (Oct 16, 2011 06:38PM)
My favorite circus is by Chance Wolf. While not strictly a flea circus it also incorporates all of the best components of Jumbo Sidekick.
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Oct 17, 2011 11:28AM)
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On 2011-10-16 19:38, Jeff Christensen wrote:
My favorite circus is by Chance Wolf. While not strictly a flea circus it also incorporates all of the best components of Jumbo Sidekick.
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Wolf's Flea Circus is certainly not a traditional one. But I think it most definitely is a Flea Circus - there are several animations included, although the high wire and dive board don't do anything. This is no problem with my presentation, as I simply state that the kids can choose whether my flea will do the high dive, high wire, or World's Greatest Card Trick. Funny, they always end up eliminating all but the card trick ;)
I also use the Haunted Matchbox, Magic Milk pitcher, and all the tradtional nonsense with the Flea jumping off into the audience, etc. A great, great prop!
Potty
Message: Posted by: keeblem (Oct 20, 2011 01:08AM)
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On 2010-11-20 23:01, Sock Puppet Monkey wrote:
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On 2009-04-24 17:41, jlevey wrote:
For those not yet familiar... check out Chaplin in his film Limelight. He performs a hilarious act with fleas. A treat to watch!

Jonathan
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Jonathan,

thanks for the reminder about Chaplin in Limelight. I'm off to check out YouTube.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAI6BEtxv1A
:)
Message: Posted by: keeblem (Oct 20, 2011 01:12AM)
Love the Giant Flea, Doug. I'm putting that on my wish list!

Mark
Message: Posted by: remote guy (Oct 27, 2011 12:26PM)
Here is a R/C Flea Circus I just completed. http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=438945&forum=26&4



Nick
Message: Posted by: MrGreggy (May 7, 2012 08:41PM)
These are all great ideas for a flea circus, very imaginative! I got to thinking, many of these effects could be scaled up and used with a Rocky Raccoon spring animal puppet, then I realized that combining Rocky with a flea circus makes perfect sense... the fleas travel on Rocky.
Message: Posted by: wally (Apr 28, 2018 06:03AM)
This is getting me interested, How do I start, is there any books or a dvd that will give me a better idea, although I am in England, would a flee circus be a good idea as a add on to my magic shows, for all ages, magicwalsh@gmail.com
Message: Posted by: jimgerrish (Apr 28, 2018 05:05PM)
You might start with my "Lunchbox Flea Circus" e-Book in The Wizards' Journal #35. It all fits in a small lunchbox so you can begin up close and then adapt it to a larger stage size flea circus as you collect more fleas (and their various acts).
Message: Posted by: 0wen (Feb 16, 2020 09:47PM)
Resurrecting instead of starting a new one....

I pitch mice off of my flea circus but adding (casually) a Svengali deck to my BOR and wanted to use my circus as it's the main show I do in a family setting with a lot of kids (magic show and such is geared older..). Not terribly innovative, but it's here for the using if someone wants it. For around $3 at hobby lobby you can get a miniature deck of cards (not really a deck, they're all either Qhearts or Aspades, but a lot of them and they look okay...

Anyway, they can be sp**t like a normal playing card which allows them to be shimmed (heat up a steel sewing needle with a lighter until orange - hammer it flat). In similar fashion to your other likely working fleas, they can do a prediction with the same mechanism...

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