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Bobby Robert's Super Circus (1993 - 2011)



Bobby Robert's Super Circus was established by Bobby Roberts Junior (b.1942) and his wife Moira (1937-2018) in 1993.

Bobby was the son of Bobby Roberts of the Robert Brothers Circus and joined his father' circus at the tender age of four, while Moira came from the Arthur Hancock fairground family in Glasgow.

Bobby and Moira continued working on the Robert Brothers family after their marriage in 1965. Bobby performed on the high wire, the trapeze, as a bareback rider and as an animal trainer, while Moira became a sharpshooter and had also an archery act. Bobby and Moira formed a double act at the Robert Brothers Circus called Bobby Ringo and Princess Moira and travelled their show around Glasgow, Blackpool, Brighton, Manchester, Great Yarmouth and London with the Billy Smart’s Circus.

In 1993 Bobby and Moira branched out from the family business to establish their own circus, which they called Bobby Robert's Super Circus.

Bobby Robert's Super Circus travelled until 2011, first under Bobby and Moira's management and in later years under their daughter Kitty and her husband Istvan as Cicus Sallai. They also had a son Bobby, who made a career as a circus clown.

Bobby Robert's Super Circus modelled itself on the traditional format of the Robert Brothers Circus with a heavy presence of wild animals, which met with public oposition and led to the decline of the business until its closure in 2011.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Bobby Robert's Super Circus Poster, c1980 - 1989

Reference code: 178R27.202
Scope and Contents

Trearddur Bay. Contains colour photograph of acts.

Dates: c1980 - 1989

Cyril Critchlow Collection

Reference code: NFA0089
Scope and Contents The Cyril Critchlow collection contains programmes, posters, handbills, books and magic journals, many of which relate to shows in Blackpool where Cyril resided and includes material on entertainment venues such as Blackpool’s North Pier, Central Pier, South Pier, Tower Circus and a small collection of programmes from other national venues. Additionally, it contains circus photographs and postcards mainly of the Ohmy Circus and Sanger Circus including individual circus troupes and performers...
Dates: c1837 - 2008

Den Curtis' Photographic Albums, 1936 - 1969

Reference code: 178C108.1171-1180
Scope and Contents

Photographic albums put together by Den Curtis, containing black and white photographs of circuses, performers and animals with annotations, including Sanger, Chipprefields, Bertram Mills, Smarts, Hoxie Bros, Blackpool Tower, Belle Vue, Robert Bros, Fossett and Luckens Continental Circus and others, also some loose photographs removed from the albums.

Dates: 1936 - 1969

Posters, c1887 - 2010

Reference code: 178R27
Scope and Contents

Circus, variety, pantomime and magic posters including Argyle theatre, Liverpool Empire, Blackpool Tower Circus, Robert Brothers, Austen Brothers, Sorcar, Vesta Tilley, Ken Dodd, Dan Leno, Florrie Forde and others.

Dates: c1887 - 2010