Rev. Hansen’s Bible Birds

In 1940, Rev. Hansen started touring around the U.S. with his family, putting on a show in which he used trained birds to demonstrate lessons from the Bible. Newsweek (Dec. 10, 1951) offered this description of the act:

A typical show opens with a six-canary choir accompanying Mrs. Hansen (on the vibra-harp) in "The Star-Spangled Banner," while an oriole pulls a string that hoists a flag on a tiny pole and a parakeet shinnies to the pole top to pose as an American eagle.

Other birds ride on a tiny electric train, eat at tables, and climb ladders while the Hansens appropriately quote the Bible. For example, when Tiger the canary sits on Catnip the cat while daughter Sylvia watches (see picture), Mr. Hansen quotes Isaiah 11:6, "... the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the faitling together; and a little child shall lead them."

Mr. Hansen feels that the whole act is "a demonstration of faith. Pete is not afraid of the flaming hoop because he knows I am holding it. Muggs has to stretch out his neck to swallow a sword that's as long as he is, but he has faith in us."

Amazingly, Hansen was able to continue putting on his Bible Birds show for 60 years, until he died in 2002. See Roadside America for some more info.

Hansen makes Boom-Boom eat at a table

Tiger, Catnip, and Sylvia play
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 07, 2015
     Category: Animals | Entertainment | Religion | 1950s

Hallelujah and pass the collection plate.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/07/15 at 09:48 AM
I have a "bird" in the hand I like to "fly" for certain people.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 03/07/15 at 10:23 AM
Sixty years, that's a long time to do a show. He must have enjoyed doing it.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/07/15 at 03:55 PM
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