Henri Gugelmann’s Rat Circus

In 1979, when Henri Gugelmann debuted his "rat circus" in downtown Bern, he claimed it was the first of its kind in the world. And maybe it was also the last, because I don't know where one would go today to see performing rats.

His trained rats jumped over ropes, ran through burning rings, and crawled along in a "rat race" while Gugelmann, dressed as a clown, directed the show. That sounds like quality entertainment! [Google News: Victoria Advocate, Aug 9, 1979]

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 30, 2013
     Category: Animals | Clowns | 1970s

Type "rat trick" into Google man and see what pops up.

Back in '71 we bought a poodle pup from a friend/breeder who was very proud of her dogs because they could stand on their hind legs and patty-cake. 40+ years later that 'trick' doesn't even count. Evilution!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/30/13 at 10:31 AM
Heini (not Henri) Gugelmann is still out and about with his "Circus Maus". I saw him as a child back in the 80s in Switzerland and was completely blown away. He debuted in 1972 already, according to his website. http://www.circusmaus.ch/
Posted by moopsen on 03/30/13 at 07:15 PM
Rats creep me out! But it would be impressive to see them trained to do tricks.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/30/13 at 10:42 PM
My demented twin wants to start a rat and flea circus. 😊
Posted by BMN on 03/31/13 at 07:34 AM
Tell your demented twin to be careful. Fleas on rats carried the plague.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/31/13 at 09:20 AM
I thought palque was what you got on your teeth?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/31/13 at 09:38 AM
@patty...You noticed why we try to keep him in a cage.

His favorite poem is ~~:

A sigh is but a spout of wind
.. coming from the heart
But should it take the downward course
.. Tis often called a fart!

To fart it is a pleasure
..it gives the bowels ease
It scents and warms the bedclothes
..and suffocates the fleas
Posted by BMN on 03/31/13 at 10:13 AM
there is a working rat circus and scarborough renaissance faire near dallas texas. she is a friend of mine and calls her act cirque de sewer!
Posted by Courtney on 04/11/13 at 10:25 PM
I think this trick is a once in a lifetime chance to train to pesky rats in doing that difficult trick
Posted by mouse rat bait on 06/05/13 at 11:45 AM
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