† Blanche is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1941-11-05 at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in United States, . Official death reason described as poison.
Blanche was born wild .
"The head carry was never high on my, tricks to train, list. It always seemed to me to belong in the "Dare Devil" category like "The man with the uncrushable skull". A lot of people did it tho, I have almost a dozen pictures of different men giving it a shot. Most notable was Cheerful Gardner with Hagenbeck-Wallace, "Blanche" would carry him down the track swinging his body from side to side in about a 90 degree arc, hence "The Human Pendulum."
"The square headed elephant shown in most of the pictures is "Lizzie" (reminds me a lot of "Anna May"), the head-carry elephant is "Blanche". These were Cheerful Gardners two key elephants starting in 1923 when he joined the Corporations John Robinson Circus until they were taken away to the Ringling Show in 1939. Unfortunately both died the same day 11/5/41 in Atlanta, Ga. as a result of the poisoning that cost the Ringling Show 11 elephants."
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