Show Review from the Birmingham Owl:

A sensational performance by elephants trained by Mr. Eph Thompson, a coloured gentleman. The animals are agile despite their size, and go through various scenes - military and civilian. They end with a skirt dance - the main part taken by a young lady , Miss Jessie. She is lifted and squeezed round the waist by the elephants' trunks. The rider of Mons. Mardu Salamonsky's white horse, is dressed in medieval style, in white. The horse has been 'splendidly trained'.

Variety Show featuring Eph Thompson’s Performing Elephants

  • Opening Night: 20 October 1902
  • Performance: 25 October 1902
  • Genre: Variety

1. Eph Thompson’s Performing Elephants, including Bill, the Soldier Elephant – during this wonderful performance will be introduced an Elephantine Spanish Dance, accompanied by Miss Jessie
2. Harry Bold – comedian and joke-teller
3. Rockett and Hazard – American trumpeters in their ‘Musical Trip Round the World’
4. The Villions Cycle Troupe – incomparable acrobatic cyclists
5. Signor and Signora Pasquali – the most eminent and classical operatic vocalists ever heard on the Variety Stage
6. La Belle Wilma – the wonderful sand and smoke paintress
7. The Brothers Onda – in a new comedy Sketch ‘A Quiet Night’
8. Joe Graham – mimic and ventriloquist
9. Mons. Mardu Salamonsky – with his marvellous serpentine dancing horse

  • Number of Acts: 9
  • 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: Acrobatic Cyclists
  • Notes: -0