Titty Trapeze: The Story.

Titty Trapeze by Mimi Berlin

Titty Trapeze: The Story.

Titty Trapeze, Nude Trapeze Artist; (née Mary Wilson, 1905 Chesterton, UK-1982, Las Vegas, USA)

Titty Trapeze, the act, was actually the work of two people: Mary and Bob Wilson. This couple designed the act Titty Trapeze to cater their own fetishes, taking it to the extreme in public. Mary was born in an astronomical family(1) she inherited the love for being a star high up in the sky. Mr Wilson had very dominant tendencies(2), which were also rooted in his youth. Needless to say; this circus act was actually rated triple X, but only if you paid attention to the details.

Titty Trapeze was a semi-nude trapeze act, for which Bob Wilson designed two special nipple piercings (they were the size of bracelets) for his wife Mary. Dangling from these hoops was a metal chain, which was draped to Mrs Wilson’s backside to mimic a swing. A sack was placed over her head, so she appeared to be headless. (but was in fact anonymous) Furthermore; her arms were blackened by make-up, emphasizing the ‘free floating effect’. Mrs Wilson swung just above the heads of the (standing) audience so they could almost touch her toes.

Needless to say Mary’s Mama’s dropped to her knees at the early age of 25. But by this time the couple had already turned their backs to the Circus and took on performing a less physically demanding act: Salomé. The dance performance Salomé was already a very popular act in the 1910s.(3) The Wilson’s modernized it a bit: Mary danced, fully clothed, with Bob’s head in her hands. (it was his turn to wear a black sack as costume; it was pulled over his body leaving only his head visible to the audience) The Salomé routine was a succes, revived by the Wilson’s and re-gaining it’s popularity at many Vaudeville and Strip shows(4). Performing this act well into the 1970s; they lived happily ever after and died on the same day in the middle of the Nevada desert, during a storm.

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Titty Trapeze is part of the History of Circus Legends a series of unique figurines handmade by Mimi Berlin.
Mimi Berlin, 2013. Titty Trapeze, (1970s ceramics, 1920s mother of pearl, resin & metal, beads in sweet water pearl and copper) 14,5 x 8 cm.

Titty Trapeze: The Story is written by Mimi Berlin. Loosely based on the life of Bob and Ethel Granger and other unbelievable historical accurate events and people.

(Image: Titty Trapeze in Action. Titty Trapeze at work; watch her move high above the ground…..gif by Appdikted.)

Notes:
(1)The Grangers of Peterborough – an astronomical family Authors: Atwell, R. Journal: Journal of the British Astronomical Association, vol.100, no.5, p.214-217 Bibliographic Code: 1990 JBAA..100..214A (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1990JBAA..100..214A)
(2)http://www.ethelgranger.com|
(3)Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895–1915 By Andrew L. Erdman (published by McFarland). Page 108 (https://books.google.nl/books?id=b_VTCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA108&lpg=PA108&dq=salome+strip+act&source=bl&ots=zYnNVcTiQm&sig=1o_XlcZ920e-v_fKXQdIbciy-A0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjN2P_XzdfVAhWLKFAKHS0oBFEQ6AEITDAG#v=onepage&q=salome%20strip%20act&f=false)|
(4)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lili_St._Cyr

 

 

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The story of the Mounted Lady Trumpeteer

Mounted Lady Trumpeteer (neé Darlene D’amour, 1918, Nice- 1938.)

The taxidermy of Darlene D’amour was found in a tiny museum, or cabinet of wonders if you will. She was placed in a vitrine including, amongst other oddities, a model steam boat in Amsterdam(1). After years of researching her story came to life.

Darlene D’amour was a member of the European musical act Bubblé Jeunesse D’oree (bubbles golden youth), managed by O.Bartik(2) This was really an astonishing act: Three women playing the trumpet under water wearing mini dresses. They were set in a huge aquarium filled with brass flowers and golden glitter. This act was an expensive one, and thus didn’t become as populair as it should have been.

At some point Darlene, allegedly, unfortunately cut her ankle at one of the brass leaves and lost her foot(3) and she bled to death in the water tank.
The underwater act was obviously cursed and the aquarium was too large for 2 people; the act vanished. (yes, it literally bled to death, duh.)

Mister Bartik did continue showing the taxidermy of Darlene D’amour’s body and named her the
‘Mounted Lady Trumpeteer’. Believe it or not but he sold her foot, including golden shoe to a ‘harem keeper’. The foot of Darlene Love ended up in a whorehouse named ‘The Harem’, where it was placed in the middle of the main room to set an example for women who were thinking of escaping.(4)
The horror of it all!

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Mimi Berlin, 2013. History of Circus Legends. Lady Trompeteer. ( 1920s ceramic, plastic, copper, glass, cello-tape, rubber, water) ø7.5/4.5 x 27 cm,

Mounted Lady Trumpeteer: The Story is written by Mimi Berlin. Very loosely based on an advertisement in Billboard magazine 1906, on musician Darlene Wright, and on the private collection of Freundin T.

Notes:
(1) This statuette is part of the private collection of Freundin T. since 2013.
(2) The Billboard, 22 September,1906. http://www.circushistory.org/Pdf/Billboard22Sep1906.pdf
(3) The Foot of Darlene Love, History of circus Legends by Mimi Berlin, 2013.
(4) The No Harm Harem, a series of statuettes by Mimi Berlin.

Mimi Berlin, 2013. Mounted Lady Trumpeteer, Mixed Media ( 1920s ceramic, plastic, copper, glass, cello-tape, rubber, water) ø7.5/4.5 x 27 cm.
The Mounted Lady Trumpeteer is part of the History of Circus Legends, a series of unique figurines handmade by Mimi Berlin.