Stars of Vaudeville #1018: Techow’s Cats
Herr George Techow of Hamburg, Germany toured the Keith Circuit and circuses such as Hagenbeck-Wallace, with a collection of trained house cats who could walk on their front feet, jump through hoops of fire, and jump over each other on a tightrope. One was even dressed as a little clown. He gave a lot of interviews early in the 20th century chiefly because the public was interested in his secrets, it being so difficult to train a cat.
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