Olof Trollhaimen Rhodin Sr., circus director in Sweden
Born 1917-12-07 in Sweden
dead 1997-09-17 in Sweden
, son of director Brazil Jack and assistant director Iris Rhodin .
Trolle Rhodin bought a disfunct circus from Henning Orlando,
and founded 1941 Zoo Circus in Malmö in Sweden, later added by Circus Caravan.
Trolle Rhodin riding a horse in 1940
In July 1943 phosporus bombs fell on Hamburg, and Hagenbecks Tierpark was more or less destroyed in 90 minutes. 400 animals lost their lifes. Hagenbecks Circus in Hamburg decided to send their elephants to Malmö, where they could be housed in the winter quarters of family Rhodin.
The elephants came 1944 with their trainer Hugo Schmitt,
and toured Sweden with Zoo Circus. Hugo Schmitt
was trained by Hagenbecks famous chief elephant trainer Wilhelm Philadelphia.
Trolle Rhodin riding one of Hagenbecks elephants during the tour in Sweden.
On that tour was also Trolles stable master Theodor Kruse,
father to Gösta Kruse,
learned elephant training from Hugo Schmitt,
and later becamed a famous elephant trainer in Europe, first touring with Trolles elephants, Safari and Birka, until 1951 when he took over the elephants at Bertram Mills Circus, and later Circus Pinder in Paris, Safari and Birka was sold by Trolle to Zoo Dresden in 1956.
Meanwhile, Hagenbecks negotiated with John Ringling
owner of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baileys Circus (RBBB) in America, also called The Greatest Show on Earth, and Ringling bought the Hagenbeck elephants, on condition that Hugo Schmitt
came with them.
went with the elephants to U.S.A. in 1947 and the five elephants Icky, Karnaudi, Minjak (captive-born), Mutu and Sabu arrived at Ringlings in 20 June 1947. Now Hugo Schmitt
was responsible for Ringlings previous 38 elephants, plus the 5 ones he brought from Sweden. Together with Hugo and the elephants, came also Lulu Gautier
as Schmitts assistant.
Trolle Rhodin married Ingeborg Gautier in 1954, sister to Lulu Gautier.
Trolle now had valuable contacts within RBBB. It was maybe Trolles relation with RBBB that gave him the opportunity to lease the Chipperfield elephants after their RBBB europe tour. During this time, he also decided to join Ringling as their general manager and he brought large parts of his circus Caravan with him to the United States. In November 1964 five of the Chipperfield elephants were taken to Bremerhafen,
in order to be transported to the US, bought and imported by Ringling in U.S.A. which now had a new owner; John Ringling
had sold the circus to Irwin Field for $8 millions.
Among the acts Trolle brought over in 1965 was the Hungarian juggler Fudi whose act was on Ringling for several years. Fudi later returned as a performance director and later again as boss clown. But more important, Trolle negotiated with Gunther Gebel-Williams
in Germany, and inspired him toe join RBBB in 1968, with the entire Circus Williams from Cologne.
Gunther (GGW) became RBBBs largest star ever, and is considered as the the most famous circus star ever.
Later Rhodins returned to sweden and refounded Circus Brazil Jack
Trolle Rhodin Sr.Born: 1917-12-07