Rose’s Royal Midgets were a troupe of 25 little people gathered together from across Europe (mostly Germany) by American impresario I.S. Rose. Company members danced, did acrobatics, performed magic tricks, juggled and played musical instruments. They toured vaudeville to good reviews throughout the 1920s.
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.