Three Ball Charlie
I hope you are not getting tired
of my question yet. I find the things my Uncle's telling me
about his visit to Ripley's to be very interesting. But he
didn't take any pictures and was in a hurry when he stopped.
Another interesting tale was about this guy that was balancing
on some balls. In his month he had three or four other smaller
balls. My Uncle thinks they may have been pool balls or
something about that size. Do you know his name, where he is
from and what kind of balls they were? Thanks
Carlos Vega, San Antonio Texas.
Carlos, tired, No! I
welcome your questions. Three Ball Charlie was his show name, he
Nebraska, some information says he worked in the sideshows of
the 1950's and 60's. But there is also a sign on the exhibit
that states he was a circus performer in the 1930's.
His claimed to fame was he could put Three-Balls into his mouth
(a tennis ball, a cue ball and a golf ball) side by side and
whistle at the same time.
Ripley's has a full size display of him doing his act in their
Believe or Not! Museum in Buena Park, California. Not all of
the Ripley's Museums have the full size exhibit, but others have
a picture of him with the 3 balls in his mouth on display. When
I was there the display showed him balancing on several balls
while holding juggling balls in his hands, he also had three
smaller balls in his mouth. A Tennis Ball, Golf Ball and a Pool
Ball. But I don't remember hearing him whistling. I guess wax
figures don't whistle.
John Robinson Sideshow World
Ripley's Believe or Not! Official Site
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