Harold Pyott: In the Pocket


Harold Pyott (1887-1937) hailed from Greater Manchester, England. Orphaned at age 12, he fell into the keeping of an Edinburgh cousin who became his manager. Pyott played sideshows, circuses, pantomimes, music halls, and fairs for 35 years. Standing just 23 inches tall and weighing all of 24 pounds, Pyott was so small he was often the subject of publicity stunts where he was placed in someone’s pocket, held in the palm of their hand, or taken for a ride atop their hat. During his career he performed throughout the UK, the Continent, and as far away as South Africa.

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