Show Review from the Birmingham Owl:

Mr. Barrasford's acts for the Tivoli and Hippodrome have never proved more popular than this week'. Hardeen is the star turn, freeing himself from "darbies" and leg-chains as easily as if they were made of elastic rather than steel. He calls his final act a trick - changing places and conditions, including handcuffs with his young lady assistant. He is in a bag, locked and roped in a box, and she is outside. 'It is clever and mystifying'. Hardeen has been challenged by a Mr. Simpson of Hurst Street.

Variety Show featuring The Great Hardeen – ‘the World’s greatest handcuff and trunk manipulator’

  • Opening Night: 07 September 1903
  • Performance: 12 September 1903
  • Genre: Variety

1. Jubal and Joyce – comedians
2. Odeyne Spark – comedienne
3. Sable Fern – ‘an English Singer of English Songs’
4. Otto Schuman – new and original Sporting Act
5. The Sisters Miramare – acrobatic and modern dancers
6. Billy Williams – ‘Australian comedian with his Tiny People’
7. Fred and Lilian – trapeze, gymnastic and rope specialists
8. The Arleys – grotesque and trick cyclists
9. The Great Hardeen – ‘The Wonder of Two Hemispheres – the World’s greatest Handcuff and Trunk Manipulator – giving demonstrations with all Regulation “Irons” used by the Police – ?25 Reward is offered by Hardeen to anyone who can open and escape from Handcuffs and Leg Irons used in this act and from which Hardeen himself releases himself. Hardeen challenges any Detective in the World to produce Handcuffs from which Hardeen cannot escape’
10. Rex Fox – ‘unique and daring stage wire performance’
11. Animated Pictures

  • Number of Acts: 11
  • Number of Performances: 13
  • Performance Times: Monday to Saturday at 18:00 and 21:00 with a matinee performance on Thursday at 14:30
  • Circus: Acrobats; Trapeze, Gymnastic and Rope Specialists; Trick Cyclists; Handcuff and Trunk Manipulator; Wire Performer
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