Wirth's Circus, which is now in Ashburton, and the menagerie attached to which was attracting custom as the "Guardian" went to press, is a huge concern, employing nearly 500 hands, and 80 horses. This season's spectacular and sensational specialities include Dare Devil Deperado, the aerial athlete, who will defy danger by leaping from a height of 87 feet on to a concave platform of solid wood, alighting upon his chest and hands. The Nelson and Bastien families will appear in acrobatic and risley performances. Other "star" artists are the Flying Cadonas, aerialists; the Stair Sisters, contortionists ( and gymnasts; Alfredo, the flying man; and the Sisters Hobson, America's wire-walking prodigies. Hefford's paddock will be a popular rendezvous this evening, no doubt.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914
WIRTH'S CIRCUS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914
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