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I am trying to find some information regarding Joe Reid, Wall of Death rider, and Mary Ann Hudson who was a tightrope walker. I believe they toured with Pinder’s in the (I think) 30’s. Can anyone help me find any information on them?

Thanks, Annie Smith

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Mary Ann Hudson was my Auntie. After the War she lived in London and I think she was married to “Billy’s no bones” a contortionist with the circus. My father Sam Hudson was on the trapeze with his sister, my Auntie Kathleen and he also doubled up as a clown.

Joyce Hudson

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My name is David, and I had a Great Grandmother by the name of Mary Anne Hudson, who was a Tightrope walker. Almost certainly the same person. My email address is dmjspen@tiscali.co.uk. Will be interested to hear from you.

Kind Regards, David Spencer

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This question should be directed to the Circus Friends Association of Great Britain, as with all other British circus inquiries. Dr. John Turner’s two volumes of Victorian Arena offer some undocumented information on 19th century British performers and owners, and Toole-Stott’s six volume bibliography offers some leads, but the best prospects for success are to contact the British CFA. Their publication, King Pole, often has articles of considerable value on British circus topics in the 20th century.
The Wall of death act is typically a fairground act and not of circus application. The best contact on that issue would be Dr. Vanessa Toulmin at the National Fairground Archive at Sheffield University. They maintain a website.

Fred Dahlinger, Jr., Director of Historic Resources and Facilities, Circus World Museum.

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