Mimi and Her Fleas
I visited Mimi's house
sometime during the winter of 78, she had just
completed her new Flea Circus.
Mimi had a jeweler
build all the little props for her Flea Circus.
Some Flea Circuses
today don't use flea they leave it up to the
imagination, but she was doing it like the old
timers with real fleas.
The jeweler made all
the props and she had a special table made for
her Flea Circus, it folded up to about the size
of a suitcase, She would just sit it on top of a
Mimi carried her fleas
in a little vile, she had been booked with the
Sam Alexander's Sideshow in Belmont Park in
Montreal Canada for that season.
She packed up her
little circus with all it's fleas and off they
went to Montreal.
That winter had been
very cold around Montreal. Her fleas were
Florida fleas and not use to the cold,
they didn't have a chance, she lost all of them.
hung around the park, Mimi had told them if they
would bring back any dogs they saw, she would
give them fifty cents a piece. She had
plans to capture all the flea she needed off the
back of the dogs.
As I had said before,
it had been a cold winter and all
dogs they brought her were outside dogs. There
wasn't a flea to be had on any of them.
About that time she
remembered her neighbors that lived
over on 120th street,
had this big old shaggy dog and he was covered with
fleas. Mimi called them and asked if she would
have a crate built pay the transportation and
all, would they do her a favor and ship him to
Canada. Then she could extract all the fleas she
needed and then have him ship back home.
It was agreed and the
dog with all it's flea were on their way.
When the dog arrived
there wasn't a flea to be found. She had
over looked the fact that when a dog came
through customs they always dip it which would
kill all the fleas.
After receiving the
dog she found he didn't had a fleas anywhere, so
she shipped him back to Tampa.
Shortly there after
she returned and gave up her Flea Circus.
Story by Ward Hall, Edited by John Robinson
Image, Mimi and Her Flea Circus