Henry’s Chimps

Posted By on July 20, 2017

This is a photo of Dad and I in the beginning of our chimp act. Photo taken in 1956 on the Siebrand circus. My Dad was old school circus…. no joking or talking in the act…just perform the different tricks… style and smile. It got very boring for me. Then one day out of the clear blue Bongie started playing around in kind of a revolt, but in a funny way. The audience was getting a kick out of it because the chimp was making a monkey out of the me. Dad even got a laugh out of it. I started to teach other tricks like hand balancing head to head. Bongie even learned one hand, hand to hand. It seemed no matter what came into my mind to teach,  he learned and had fun doing it. Then came the table rizzeley routine, that’s when the comedy started….I just let him do his thing and the audience loved it!


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My name is Ivan M. Henry and I am the 4th generation of a circus/show business dynasty. I hope you enjoy the blog.


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