Horvath’s Midgets

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Horvath’s Midgets (owned and operated by S. Horvath) were a troupe from Hungary who billed themselves as “The Smallest People in the World”. While based in Europe they toured the U.S. several times in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, sometimes with the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey sideshow. Decked out in evening clothes, the little people sang opera, danced ballet, performed magic and pantomime and generally cut up comedy capers for the enthralled throngs.

For more on performing little people please check out Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People in Vaudeville. 

3 comments

  1. Thanks for this. I wasn’t familiar with them. If you have any info to share about the Singer Midgets (many of whom later appeared in the Wizard of Oz), I’d love to see it.

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    • As a matter of fact, yes! We have a post on Singer’s Midgets scheduled for May 3 (Leo Singer’s birthday). I hope you’ll stay with us that long!

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