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A flea circus is a circus sideshow attraction in which fleas are attached or appear to be attached to miniature carts and other items, and encouraged to perform circus acts within a small housing. The first records of flea Flea Circus - Bunglegushcore - Circus Circus were from watchmakers who were demonstrating their metalworking skills. InMark Scaliot produced a lock and chain that were attached to a flea.
At least one genuine flea circus still performs at the annual Oktoberfest in Munich, Flea Circus - Bunglegushcore - Circus Circus  and Svensons in the UK occasionally use real fleas, but Various - French Disco Boogie Sounds (1975-1984) flea circuses are a sideline of magicians and clowns, and use electrical or mechanical effects instead of real fleas.
Fleas typically live only for a few months and are not trained. Hey Bulldog - The Gods - Genesis sorted, they are harnessed by carefully wrapping a thin gold wire around their neck. The harnesses are attached to the props and the strong legs of the flea allow them to move objects significantly larger than themselves. Jumping fleas are used for kicking small lightweight balls.
They are carefully given a ball; when they try to jump away which is not possible because of the harnessthey shoot the ball instead. Running fleas can pull small carts and vehicles or rotate a Ferris wheel.
There are historical reports of fleas glued to the base of the flea circus enclosure. Miniature musical instruments were then glued to the flea performers and the enclosure was heated. The fleas fought to escape, giving the impression of playing instruments. Some flea circuses may appear to use real fleas, but in fact do not. A variety of electrical, magnetic, and mechanical devices have been used to augment exhibits. In some cases, these mechanisms are responsible for all of the "acts", with loose fleas in the exhibit maintaining the illusion.
These circuses are known as "Humbug" flea circuses. Michael Bentine gave a mechanical flea circus a regular slot on his television show, It's a Square World in the s. Bertolotto ran a famous flea circus in Regent StreetLondon. Flea circuses have featured in cartoons, films, television shows, music, and novels. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about flea circuses in general. Main article: Flea circuses in popular culture. New Scientist Retrieved BBC Radio4.
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