The Great Carmo

During eight appearances at the Hippodrome from 1911 to 1932, The Great Carmo brought his circus complete with a menagerie of exotic animals to Birmingham Hippodrome. The magician made a wealth of animals and inanimate objects vanish and reappear at will, including a caged lion. In March 1930, Birmingham proved to be particularly unlucky for Carmo. He pitched his travelling circus tent in Digbeth but a heavy snowfall ended breaking the wooden poles holding up the canvas, collapsing the entire marquee. After paying out for a new tent to enable the performances to continue the unlucky streak continued when less than a week later the tent caught fire and burned down.