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Little Walter. A clown and the circus illusion

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Born in Liège (Belgium) in 1879, Walter started his career, very young, in an acrobatic troupe called “Les Bourbonnel”.

He invested four shillings in the purchase of a black frock coat, a huge vest, extremely wide pants and a pair of military boots, the ones he used throughout his artistic life, and ended up creating a new type of clown "Auguste".

It's been a few years since I sat in the audience at a circus track. In fact, I never had a great charm for its wonders, but something has changed. It was enough for a small child to push me there whenever the caravans were installed a few meters from our house. Every day we did the inspection of the assembly and when the big tent went up, that girl's eyes shone with such intensity that I only had to pull out of my wallet the collapse of the circus illusion. I remember perfectly the last time I went to the circus. It was ten years ago, when a circus arrived in town and had almost all of the Disney imagery on the poster. As soon as I saw them, I already knew that I would have to take my daughter to that circus. Seated in anticipation, we feel the fall of the circus illusion. Like me, she was inundated with the sadness that the artists brought to their chest, eyes and manner, which they tried to hide...

...at all costs. After fifteen minutes, the girl asked delicately to go home. She was sad and didn't want popcorn. I never went back to the circus. My daughter. Yes, remembering emotions when touching old things. I remembered this story when recently I found an extensive report published in the magazine illustrates, our Portuguese of February eight thousand nine hundred and eight, about the clown little Walter Alexandro Ulrich, who worked in the Lisbon Coliseum. I looked at it well, in the photos, and yes, there it was, the disillusioned look and the smile that was nothing more than a caricature that revealed a sad joy under the white paste dotted with reddish spots that covered his face and under the thick and arched eyebrows streaked above his eyes. After all, there...

...may be something dramatic about the circus. Perhaps it is the caricature of life, with its pains, frustrations and joys. Little Walter and the statement of the clown, O ghost. Born in Liege, Belgium, in one thousand eighteen seventy nine, Walter started his career very young in an acrobatic troop called Labor of anell. He debuted at Circus frinds, a German circus that was on stage between eighteen forty two and eighteen ninety seven. As an acrobat and equier without anyone noticing it. They paid him badly, three shillings a day, and his situation was ungrateful, because he was always overwhelmed with ideas and his role in the troop was irrelevant, not allowing him to vent all his creativity. If only they paid him the mount he thought he deserved, some profit would come. He proposed himself to be a clown, his big dream.

For that reason, he invested four shillings in the purchase of a black frock coat, a huge vest, extremely white pants and a pair of military boots, the ones he used throughout his artistic life, and ended up creating a new type of clown, Oh ghost. He had perfected his caricatures, with the Englishman Dan Leno being evident throughout his career, the influence of the English comedians, if not more, because he worked on circus rends with the Acrobat and equier Tom belling in the troup since one thousand eight, hundred and sixty nine, and who would become the first ogust clown and the one who will have passed on the Genre Matrix to Walter? The man behind little walter was a person in constant creative and improvisational hyperactivity. He sought inspiration in the characters of the day to day, revealing himself in the female roles that were one of his best and most appreciated transformations. With Walter, the August dressed...

...in evening dress began to lose its relevance. It was monotonous and the audience wanted to be surprised by something new. Walter's constant experiments offered this variety with no limits. He appeared in checked suits, flared breeches and trousers with intertwined legs, displayed paying a decadent Dandy style of ridiculous and booming elegance. In a way, Walter Caricature of the clown Oh ghost on circus tracks and for many authors, like a ghost remy little walter. It was the first Oh ghost whose originality surpassed the clown. According to Walter's account. All this happened during the ten years, one thousand eight hundred and ninety six and nineteen o six, of partnership between Little Walter and Montinette, with a stint in James Anthony Bailey's the Barnum and Bailey circus, greatest show on earth, which toured Europe between one thousand nineteen hundred and nineteen O two. During this period,...

...both developed a set of humorous pieces that became a reference for the following generations, for example Cublic two and Rubinstein Hamlet, the Clarin East, all the Soldat. Maybe because of tiredness or because of some incompatibilities with Antinette's obsessively controlling methodology, little Walter Decides to abandon the duo and establish his show. Even so, the influence of Little Walter remained with Antoinette's partners. When Antoinette started working with GROC in one thousand nine hundred and six, he found the ideal partner because, unlike Walter, he shared the same care for planning, precision and detail in essays and presentations. Walter was extremely versatile and possessed a formidable ability to improvise, adapting to the audience, often coming into conflict with Antinett's concepts. Walter once said, when I present myself for the first time before...

...an audience that I don't know, I start by groping, groping carefully. Neither antinet nor GROC was still famous. However, antinette took the dominant role. GROC less experienced did his learning to replace little Walter, and in photographic records it was easy to confuse the two. The copy was almost perfect. In fact, GROC may have been the little walter that antinet always wanted. Methodical, conservative and obedient. Little Walter in Portugal a beginning and end. Although he performed in Portugal for the first time in eighteen ninety seven at the Donofonso Theater Porto, in nineteen o eight, little Walter, it was already one of the biggest attractions in the Lisbon Coliseum with the pantonomy Walter Aviata.

In the interview with the magazine Illustrsao, Portuguese describes himself as a showman on the rise, full of dreams and goals. Married to Emily Leakerson, a Frenchwoman born in Coimbra, with whom she had two children, he ended up establishing deep ties with the city of Lisbon. I Love Lisbon because I know that I have a friend in each spectator, and gives me the impression that I work in my land. I already consider Portugal as the land where I was born, because for many family ties I am Portuguese. My wife was born in Combra, my son was born in Lisbon. From one moment to the next, the world turned inside out and the winds of war blue overwhelming, taking the lives of millions of young people and marking the beginning of the career decline of many artists, including that of Little Walter. On November seven one thousand nine hundred and fourteen, little walter was in Bordeaux, where he wrote a letter to his friend Francisco Si Ragio from Lisbon. He had not...

...heard from his son Nne for a long time, who, months before the war started, had left for Belgium to be taken care of buying an uncle. He said in that letter that he would leave for Paris and go to war, wanting to avenge everything that the Germans had stolen from him. Tell everyone that Walter is not going to do any more antics. It is no longer the military intermediary that I will do now. I'm going to be a real military man, because the Germans stole everything from me, my homeland, my parents and my son. I will avenge the blood of my brothers. I will kill or die. Remember me a few times. I was always your friend. Bordeaux, the SE of November, little Walter, after World War One. He spent several seasons at Sirk HIV in Paris, directed by Gaston de Prey, with eels EP loyal and his son Joe Walter. He...

...ended up returning to Portugal. He rented a house on rued a Glawyer in Lisbon, dedicating himself to touring of his CIRCO music hall through the cities and towns of Portugal. We can read in the magazine illustration of June Sixteenth Nineteen thirty seven that Walter received the commendation of the benevolence granted by the Portuguese government for his performances in children's homes and hospitals, to which he added the gold medal of the city of Porto. In April nineteen thirty seven he left for a new round and fell ill in a brantish in Castello Branco. His health deteriorated and his son in law, Geo, married to his eldest daughter, Elena Walter, still tried to arrange for him to be admitted to a hospital in Lisbon. There was nothing left to do. The smile of Little Walter went out and the Circus Music Hall cloth fell. He died in CASTELLO BRANCO in June nine hundred thirty seven, poor but surrounded by the whole family who,...

...with him, lived to entertain and make others laugh. You can find this story and others in Mr Olson Dot Com.

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