Du’Calion

According to the poster for the week commencing 7 July, 1913, this was the first appearance at the Hippodrome of Du’Calion, billed as the “loquacious laddie on the tottering ladder”.

I have not been able to find his birth and death dates, or where he was born. However, I came across a quote in a book entitled “A Haven in Hell” by Paul Chapman and Ted Smith, which referred to Du’Calion’s act: –

“He does and says such clever and alarming things whilst balanced at the top of a long ladder”.

This quote was from “Her Majesty’s Pleasure: a Centenary Celebration for Adelaide’s Theatre of the Stars” by Frank Van Straton: –

“In 1913, he appeared at the Tivoli in Adelaide (Australia)… balanced on the top of a 14.25 metre ladder while he chatted and sang nonsensical songs like ‘We’re Feeding Baby Garlic, So We Can Find Him In the Dark”! As the ladder swayed dangerously over the stalls, he’d tell the cowering patrons, ‘it’s much safer up here, you know!’.

Du’Calion appeared in the Royal Variety Performance on 28 July, 1919 at the London Coliseum in the presence of King George V and Queen Mary, and again at the London Hippodrome on 12 December, 1922. He was clearly a well established and reputable act.

Du’Calion made an appearance at the Leeds Hippodrome in September of 1914. Loquacious Laddie on the tottering ladder was featured on the play bill alongside performances such as ‘Haydn Wood, ‘…the famous Violinist’, Dorothy Court; Dardinis Trio; The Rangers; Louie Belrose; Harry Wynn, ‘…a new comedian’; And finally, Ferguson & Mack’. The headlining attraction of the same week was ‘A lucky Miss’. Performances occurred twice per night, beginning at both 6:50pm and at 9.00pm.