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Now I can see it... EGG-cellent
Weird, I could see it OK. Hopefully fixed now.
"As we say in England, it can get a bit trainspottery"
Charlie drops the billiard ball into a bucket of water and it makes a splash. He tosses the other balls across the room.
While the kids and adults in the audience are busy chasing and examining and bouncing the other two balls around,
Charlie makes one quick switch... He puts the billiard ball in his pocket and the egg in his mouth.
I found the $40
"Now how you train a flea is, you got to get the flea and you put him in a tube, like a test tube.
And they keep bouncing, and they jump and hit their head. And once they won't hit their head anymore, or they'll just lay still or dormant or crawl, then they're ready to be tied up."
This is a delicate operation using tweezers and a single strand of very fine copper wire... "You make a loop. Then you put that over the front two legs and behind the neck. Then you take your tweezers and you squeeze that to hold it, then wrap it around the chariots. And then you ... tickle them. And then they'll run across."
Since the life span of a flea is only a few weeks, such "training" is time intensive.
"Dancing fleas" were in fact frantically attempting to dislodge the splinters fastened to their legs. And the flea "playing soccer" was just kicking away a cotton pellet soaked in a repulsive chemical, giving the illusion of athletic prowess.
"What if we couldn't always tell a trick from a miracle?"
- Diane Arbus