Roll up for the Flea circus

August 27, 2020 6:13 am


One of the most unusual curios of the turn of the century was the spectacle of the flea show circus. Nestled amongst the market traders and the street performers in the town square you would often find a man with a cabinet or fold out suitcase that would loudly announce that you were in the presence of true greatness. The owner would claim that they had personally trained a troop of microscopic fleas to perform a series of circus acts for your delight and delectation. He would introduce each act and, would you believe it, there was the trapeze swiningg backwards and forwards. There was a strong flea lifting weights. A little cart, pulled by fleas, would be making its way around the ring. One of them was diving into a barrel of water. How had the showman done this?

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In a nutshell,  he hadn’t. Whilst it might seem that what was really required was the services of a Pest Control Chelmsford based company there was actually no need. There were no fleas. So before we cancel the Pest Control in the Chelmsford area specialists what is going on.

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It is quite impossible to  train fleas to do anything as they simply do not have the brain capacity. The flea circus came about when a bored watchmaker decided that there had to be a better use for his skills. It was also a great way to show off the intricate and precise skill in minute mechanics that a watch maker needed.