Acme Miniature Flea Circus

by Adam Gertsacov United States since 1996
  • 1
  • 40 hr
  • Touring

Cast and Crew


The Acme Miniature Circus is an authentic Victorian flea circus that features trained fleas Midge and Madge who perform spectacular circus stunts as seen before (and on top of) the crowned heads of Europe. Part sideshow, part circus, and all fun, the show 

Details magazine called the show "One of the top alternative circuses in the country." The New York Times said "The appeal is irresistible... Gertsacov is every bit the fantastical impresario, in his purple top hat and cash-register voice, introducing us to the wondrous insects itching (sorry) to perform"; And the Los Angeles Times says that "Professor Gertsacov holds the audience (and the stars of the show) in the palm of his hand."

According to Professor A.G. Gertsacov, ringmaster and proprietor of the Acme Miniature Circus flea circuses were popular entertainments during Victorian times but have nearly disappeared since the advent of television. The last popular American flea circus was Professor Heckler's of Time Square, which left New York in 1957. The rumor is that Heckler thought that the nude shows were giving his fleas a bad name.

There are now only a handful of flea circuses still performing throughout the world. Gertsacov's is arguably the most famous. The Rhode Island native (now based in Chicago, IL) and his amazing insect stars have performed throughout the country, and in Canada, Chile, and Brazil. When Times Square got cleaned up, he staged the historic and triumphant return of the flea circus back to that storied area, performing less than two blocks from where Professor Heckler once had his fleas. Gertsacov has also been filmed for documentaries on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, and numerous news programs. He's even been a question on Jeopardy!


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      The Acme Miniature Flea Circus will be performing two shows at Garfield Park Conservatory's event CREATURES OF THE NIGHT.  The shows are at 12:30 and 1:30 pm, and there will be lots of great activities before and after the show for kids to do, including a costume parade, live music, craft ac...  [more]
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