Whether or not you enjoy a circus, you do have to admire the miniature art, and craftsmanship, that goes into making up a flea circus. There is definitely that WOW! fctor. Did you know that a flea, with legs as fine as a stand of human hair, can pull 700 times its own weight? And a flea can jump 150 times its own height. For a jumper like me, I find this fact amazing! Here's an interesting fact; a human flea is easier to train than one found on your average dog or cat. But, thank goodness, human fleas are much harder to find. For a flea, every performance can be their last, so they do give it their 100%.
- Fleas can live for about a year.
- It takes 6 months for a flea to mature enough to be trained.
- It takes 3 months to train a flea.
- They, then, have only 3 months to perform.
Flea circuses were shown alll over at county fairs and sideshows until the 1960's. No one is quite sure what caused their deline in the popularity, but it is thought that the advent of TV...or possibly the vacuum cleam...is to blame. But for whatever reason that they're no longer popular, I will have the opportunity to witness this exciting spectacle this weekend. Friedo's Flying Fleas will perform at the Liy Pad's Civic Center tonight and Saturday. Quigley, Jr. will, I'm sure, to want to attend both shows. In addition this this flea circus, there are two others that are still around and doing performances; The Hans Mathes Flea Circus at Oktoberfest and the Acme Miniature Flea circus. Just in case you can't get to Germany, or Acme doesn't visit your area, videos of both can be found on Youtube.
I hope you have exciting plans for the weekend, too. As for my visit to the flea circus, let's just say that I hope I don't get hungry during the performance....