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Famous Fleas!
A lecture on the history and techniques of the genuine flea circus



A brand-new talk, as a result of Tim's ongoing research into the history and techniques of the genuine flea circus.


See archive footage of real fleas performing in a fairground sideshow, along with material from Tim's collection and new material from archives around the world, on display to the public for the first time. Find out just how fleas could be trained to perform incredible stunts, and why modern flea circuses are not exactly what they seem.

Postcard of Torp's Flea Circus
Title postcard from a set sold at Torp's Flea Circus in Copenhagen, mid 20th century.
(Tim Cockerill Collection)


The talk is booked to premiere at the Natural History Museum, London in autum 2009, as part of their ongoing series of 'Nature Live' events. For further details of the talk, or for more information about flea circuses, contact us.

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