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Horse-gear "acrobat" of the Fair of the Throne. These horse-gears are also called "slap bottom" or "cricket".
To the sky of the horse-gear are hung, by means of chains of the subjects on which take to seat the public. When sky - or balloon of the horse-gear turns, the subjects are drawn up gradually until the horizontal one by the centrifugal force. According to the regulation of the cities which accomodated these horse-gears, the subjects could be seats - one speaks then about horse-gears cricket -, of birds etc... The principle even of the horse-gear acrobat is known since the medium of XVIe century at least, one sees it appearing in representations of the festivals of court of the Othoman sultan. Like other open attractions, to start with the traditional merry-go-rounds, this one seems to be conceived initially for the entertainments of the courses princely and aristocratic. They are democratized at the XIXe century with the progressive recognition of the trade of open, and the structuring of the festival in a true industry in which contractors invest capital.

These historical precise details are extracted from remarkable (and nontedious) the site: www.marc-grodwohl.com

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