DEAN was born in California, and after
completing his high school education toured the
country with various Circuses, Wild #West Shows, and
the 1929 season with Al. G. Barnes he did his knife
throwing act and in addition trick riding and fancy
roping numbers. Here he worked with two other
noted knife throwers, Frank Chirarello and Bennie
his novelty knife throwing was a sensational feature
of the entertainment program presented at the Grand
Yokohama Exposition in Japan.
return in 1935 he started the manufacture of
throwing knives. This came about owing to the
many requests for knives from people witnessing his
experience as a soldier in World War II added to his
knowledge of the use of the knife in combat.
Gibson's, presenting their sensational knife
throwing act. The board used is round an
mounted on an axel like a wheel. His assistant
spins rapidly as she is firmly held on the revolving
target while Otto Gibson throws his gleaming blade
finale a paper hoop cover is placed over his
assistant. She is outlying with knives again
while under the paper, as the solid wood wheel is
rapidly revolved. The only part of the
assistant showing from beneath the paper hoop is her
feet. All the knife thrower's timing must be
gauged from thee protruding shoes.
Orton, Famous circus knife thrower outlying his
Blindfolded, with a hood over his head, Tex Orton
presents this thrilling stunt.