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THE PALACE RINK.

The. management of tho above aro certainly endeavoring to successfully cater for Uio requirements of tho amusement loving public, for ucareoly has Wins Mabel Sylvester given her farewell performance wheu another attraction is provided in tho shape of a single and double bicycle act by Messrs Fred and Frank Kingsley. Last evening a private exhibition was given at the Palace by tho brothers, whoso porformanco in some instances narrowly approached sensationalism ; the Messrs Kingsley going through some of the most difficult acrobatic feats on their "iron steeds." First the elder brother mounted an ordinary bicycle, and proceeded to climb all over it without once losing his balance or stopping the impetus of the machine. Hanging from the handle over the side of the bicycle he managed to keep the machine upright and work the pedals, aud would then vault into the seat, immediately afterwards hanging down on the other side. Tho machine at times seemed to be constructed of rubber, judging by the manner in which the performer twisted and tumbled it about. Mr Kingsley, amongst other difficult tricks, stretchod himself out on the top of the handles in a horizontal position, guiding the bicycle at the same time. Then the younger brother mounted the same machine, and showed an almost reckless confidence in his companion performer's balancing capabilities, for at times the slightest hesitation would inevitably have resulted in an accident. After treadling backwards on one side, then on the other, the elder brother elided down the backbone of the machine, still keeping it in motion, while the other first rose on his knees, and then stood upright, with his feet resting on the handles, while his senior was clinging to the backbone of the machine. The climax was reached when the elder brother resumed his seat whilo tho other Blowly mounted up to his shoulders, his head being nearly lovol with the rafters of the rink. Then the one treadling and guiding held out his arms horfaoutally, as did tjie otter, and thus tb.6

two careered quickly round the building, guiding the machine by balancing their weight, Certainly, the exhibition was a wonderful one, and one that has never been approached by previous performers here. The Palace should be crowded this evening, when the brothers make their debut before the Dunedin public. A torchlight procession will start from Bowling street this evening, headed by the Kingsley brothers, and will proceed to the rink. A band will also be in attendance.

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THE PALACE RINK., Issue 7940, 22 June 1889

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THE PALACE RINK. Issue 7940, 22 June 1889

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