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Thursday, November 13, 2008


These are The Five St Leons, Australian acrobats, who toured the United States in vaudeville and circus in te early 1900s. The troupe featured the brothers, (from the right) Reg, Cass, and Syl St Leon, all Australian born, the third generation of the St Leon family; a little Mexican boy, Jose, who was a 'top-mounter' in the act; and Mo Aarons, a New York comedy acrobat. Jose lost his legs in rail accident and had to be replaced by another youngster. On vaudeville in the USA, the troupe shared billings with Al Jolson. The troupe worked without any appliances such as teeterboards and their costumes were a novelty for that era since most acrobats wore evening dress. The troupe returned to Australia in 1908 and, soon after, re-formed the family circus with their father and other siblings, Gus St Leon's Great United Circus.

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