WHAT: Acme Miniature Flea Circus at the Garfield Park Conservatory
WHERE: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave, Chicago IL
WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm
COST: $5, Conservatory Members free.
MORE INFO: http://www.garfieldconservatory.org
MORE INFO: http://www.trainedfleas.com
PUBLICITY PHOTOS: Press Images of the show
CHICAGO, IL 10/05/2017
This Halloween, the best costumes of the Garfield Park Conservatory's Monster Mash Costume Bash on October 28 might be difficult to see. That's because this year, those winning costumes might be microscopic, and they might be worn by the stars of a very small show.
The show, the Acme Miniature Flea Circus, is an authentic Victorian flea circus that features trained fleas Midge and Madge who perform spectacular circus stunts as seen before (and on top of) the crowned heads of Europe. Midge and Madge will perform two shows of their star turn at Garfield Conservatory on October 28 at 12:30 and 1:30 pm.
Details magazine called the show "One of the top alternative circuses in the country." The New York Times said "The appeal is irresistible... Gertsacov is every bit the fantastical impresario, in his purple top hat and cash-register voice, introducing us to the wondrous insects itching (sorry) to perform." And the Los Angeles Times says that "Professor Gertsacov holds the audience (and the stars of the show) in the palm of his hand."
According to Professor A.G. Gertsacov, ringmaster and proprietor of the Acme Miniature Circus, flea circuses were popular entertainments during Victorian times, but had nearly disappeared since the advent of television. The last popular American flea circus was Professor Heckler's of Time Square, which left New York in 1957. The rumor is that Heckler thought that the nude shows were giving his fleas a bad name.
There are now only a handful of flea circuses still performing throughout the world. Gertsacov's is arguably the most famous. The Rhode Island native (now based in Chicago) and his amazing insect stars have performed throughout the country, and in Canada, Chile, and Brazil. He recently spent three months performing in Times Square, less than two blocks from where Professor Heckler once had his fleas. Gertsacov has also been filmed for documentaries on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, and numerous news programs. He's even been a question on Jeopardy!
Gertsacov's educated insect stars pull chariots, dance on a tightwire, and perform other circus-like stunts. While he does not reveal his method of training (a proprietary secret, he explains) , he assures the curious and the civic minded that he uses only methods of positive reinforcement to teach the insects their routines. "I treat them as if they are my own flesh and blood,"Gertsacov says. "And in some ways, they are."
Professor Gertsacov will bring his minuscule marvels to perform at the Garfield Conservatory on October 28 as part of their annual Creatures of the Night event. He invites all curious parties to come and see the show that was deemed one of the top shows of the world famous Spoleto Festival in 2004. But he asks that you leave your dogs and cats at home. Gertsacov quips, " I don't want anyone to steal the show."
The show will take place at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave in Chicago. Showtimes are at 12:30 and 1:30 pm. Tickets are $5 and includes entrance to the Conservatory and to the Creatures of the Night event. Members of the Conservatory are admitted free.
For more information about the show, or to reserve tickets, call the Museum at 312.746.5100. Or visit http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/
For press information, photographs, or interviews, please contact Flea Master Professor A.G. Gertsacov at 401-351-2596 or visit the flea circus website: http://www.trainedfleas.com.