Claire Heliot

In February 1904, for two weeks (as it was held over for a second week), 12 lions and 2 boarhounds performed on the Hippodrome stage in a 12ft high cage with ‘absolutely no danger to the audience’. Claire Heliot, a lion tamer from Germany, took her lions through a routine which included them lying on the ground for her to recline upon, the dogs leaping over a number of the lions and the lions performing a circus routine. One scene involved the lions sitting on stools at a table whilst Claire fed them raw meat. The finale involved Claire carrying a 159Kg lion across her shoulders and out of the ring.