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How to make a Flea Circus

Ive only seen one site for makin a flea circus but was way way above my budget and skills. Any ideas out there? Even for just some of the acts? (like Highwire, Trapeeze etc)

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I'm working on some notes on how I made the Flea Chariot, it's not quite an Instructable but should be helpful if someone wants to follow the techniques used.
Here's a pic
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Yes, you can do a lot with a few hidden wires and magnetic mechanisms, lots of magicians prefer a magnetic/mechanical act rather than electrical solution as it is simpler. High wire and trapeeze are favourites as is a diving board and a cannon. The coin flip trick can be used in a flea circus context.

Have a look at the <a href="http://www.fleacircus.co.uk">Flea Circus Research Libray</a> and it's blog for other ideas.

I think Goodhart was perhaps thinking of the Hall Effect switch not the Field Effect Transister. Although a simple read switch would also work well.
I think Goodhart was perhaps thinking of the Hall Effect switch not the Field Effect Transister. Although a simple read switch would also work well.

Yes, thank you for that....lately I seem to be confusing the two when I speak of them,
but I know what I mean LOL. seriously, I do appreciate the correction.
Kiteman8 years ago
I had always assumed that a lot of it was simply hidden wires and magnets, moved by slight of hand or slight of foot.
cuckooclock (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
Thats exactly what im looking to build. I guess im just gonna get a super load of magnets and experiment.
Goodhart8 years ago
For the most part, I agree with Kiteman. Most flea circuses had no fleas in them but were demonstrations of the skills of watchmakers, etc.. However, there have been reports of some acts that use real fleas.
One, was a magic trick used in a fictional story, that turns out to actually work, but again, a sensitive piece of equipment is required and you are trying to avoid great expense.

As spoken of briefly in the article I linked to, your best bet would probably be an arrangement of magnetic devices to either pull, then release wires / props at the pressing of a button, OR use a timer (like an LM558 quad timer) to keep from having to manually activate them.

A device that actives a performance when one's hand comes near it or near a specific point, might be useful too (FET or field effect transistors here).