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Alexander Patty - Walked on His Head - Ringling

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Alexander Patty had a circus act which most spectators had never seen - he could walk on his head.  Accompanied by his brothers, Patty did the unimaginable. 

In its June 1905 issue, the New York Athletic Club Journal describes Alexander's moves:

...Of the feats of the Patty Brothers it may be briefly said that the audience was experienced and thought it knew the possibilities of gymnasts, contortionists and ground and lofty tumblers.  But it had never seen Mr. Alexander Patty walk on his head.

He did it and for a distance of yards.  He also "yumped" down a flight of steps, using his head exclusively as his feet, and the brothers, one standing on his head on the other's head, ate, played violins and juggled iron dumbells and solid shot like a cheap amateur can pool balls while standing on his feet.  (New York Athletic Club Journal, June 1905 issue, page 25.)

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