Tahar, The Alligator King

I just came across the 8 x 10 publicity still for alligator wrestler Tahar Douis and there’s not much doing on the blog today so I thought I’d give him a shout-out.

Born in Marrakech, Morocco in the 1950s, Tahar started out as a street performer at age six. A decade later he joined Circus Tahani, based out of London. In his early days he was a snake charmer and a strong man, briefly holding a Guinness Book world record by carrying 12 men on his shoulders, weighing over 1,700 lbs. In the 1980s, he met a Seminole alligator wrestler from Florida named Bob Tiger, who showed the secrets he learned from his father and grandfather. Billed as “The Moroccan Master” and “The Alligator King”, Tahar was a star of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus starting in the late 1980s and the (now defunct) Riviera hotel and casino in Las Vegas starting in the 1990s. He continues to live on a Texas ranch with over 40 of his scaly opponents.