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The Great Mouse Circus
Dael West and her husband Robert travel all over New Zealand with their Mouse Circus, treating children and adults alike to the spectacular antics of their 600 trained mice.
The pair learned the art of "mousemanship" from a veteran circus sideshow man years ago and then launched their own enterprise. Their mice perform to music on 28 different "rides", including a 3-ft. high ferris wheel, an assortment of merry-go-rounds, tightropes, and other equipment built specifically for the mice.
"People love it. Kids go in and think it's incredible but it's usually the adults that stay longer, appreciating the skillfully designed rides," says Dael. The mice, which are a variety of different colors, perform in 2-hr. shifts so they all get enough rest in between shows.

Photo courtesy The Dominion, Wellington, New Zealand

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #6