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ta0

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Ringling Brothers Circus 1950's performer
« on: July 16, 2015, 08:06:57 PM »

Here is a really great vintage photo (30's, 40's, 50's ?  ??? ) of a guy doing a high trapeze or perhaps even regenerating.



It is from a photo postcard currently on Ebay: www.ebay.com/itm/331605909972
It is signed on the back as Nelson Sánchez Ruiz. I am guessing he is the one on the photo and this is an autographed performer card.

The top is not a Duncan so he was not (at least when the photo was taken) a Duncan demonstrator. I would like to know more about him.

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Re: Great old trapeze photo!
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2015, 09:42:33 PM »

Great find. This man has class. Not like today. All you have is Superman, and Peke-A-Chew.
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Re: Great old trapeze photo!
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2015, 08:32:07 AM »

Ask Bob Rule
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Re: Great old trapeze photo!
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2015, 01:50:31 PM »

I asked Mr. Google in various ways, and he answered  ;)

Mr. Nelson Sánchez Ruiz was performing in 1951 for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. He had been discovered by them the previous year in Havana, so we have to assume that he was Cuban and he was already performing before that date. This information comes from Billboard magazine:



A list of attractions of the Side Show from this circus history:

Gilbert Reichert, Giant
Betty Broadbent, Tattooed Lady
Nelson Sanchez Ruiz, Top Spinner
Fred Harris, Magic
Charles Barent, Seal Boy
Josephine Helbing, Snake Trainer
Irene Parry, Fat Lady
Singalee, Fireproof Man
Patricia Zerm, Sword Swallower
Charles Horrell, Escape Artist
Fred Harris, Punch and Judy
Freda Pnshnik, Armless and Legless Girl

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Re: Great old trapeze photo!
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2015, 01:51:53 PM »

Great photo on a personal blog showing him performing at the entrance of the circus side show :



You can see more of the Side Show where he was performing on other photos on that blog, including his logo:



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Re: Great old trapeze photo!
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2015, 03:17:34 PM »

wow thats a great find. i wonder if thats a native cuban top design eh???
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2020, 04:21:55 AM »

EDIT: Merged with old thread
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hi all
does anyone know more about this player ?
it's a card from C's collection

jim

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Re: Ringling Brothers Circus 1950's performer
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2020, 02:20:57 PM »

i like very good idee in back on the poster   the spiral of spintop  very good
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Re: Ringling Brothers Circus 1950's performer
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2020, 02:22:43 PM »

thanx Jorge
I had missed the 1 st thread !

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Re: Ringling Brothers Circus 1950's performer
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2020, 07:34:39 PM »

Desde hace un tiempo tengo contactos con gente del circo donde an y seguirán surgiendo grandes jugadores.
Gerardo rey el trompo
Oso Dani Quezada
Guilermo de Mallorca
Xisco de Mallorca

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Re: Ringling Brothers Circus 1950's performer
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2020, 10:53:35 PM »

Desde hace un tiempo tengo contactos con gente del circo donde an y seguirán surgiendo grandes jugadores.
Gerardo rey el trompo
Oso Dani Quezada
Guilermo de Mallorca
Xisco de Mallorca

You can add Mermouy to your list although I am a circus all by myself  :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-m-nVr0fJQ

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Re: Ringling Brothers Circus 1950's performer
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2020, 12:03:34 AM »

Sin duda mermouy son varios amigos que tengo saludos
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Re: Ringling Brothers Circus 1950's performer
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2020, 12:44:11 AM »

A one man circus, indeed.  Good work Mermouy!!!
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Re: Ringling Brothers Circus 1950's performer
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2020, 12:45:21 AM »

The top spinner information is interesting. The article states he was a substitute  for a slack line performer. I wonder if the tops were enough of a draw to keep Mr. Ruiz employed on a more permanent basis.

Secondly - Mermouy has skills. That's a really good video.
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Re: Ringling Brothers Circus 1950's performer
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2020, 08:50:32 AM »

High toss in a tux.  Complete with handkerchief.  A great photo.
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