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Thursday, 5 November 2009

A Bit of Sauce on the Paul O'Grady Show

On Monday 2 November the Paul O’Grady Show presented a feature on circus. My parents have supplied a lot of animals for the show, but for some reason we were overlooked. Anyway, among the guests was none other than Ida Rosaire, the youngest member of “Count” Rosaire’s children. Her brother, Ivor began his elephant presenting and training career with the two famous elephants, Salt and Sauce, who are the stars of my book “The Legend of Salt and Sauce”. In fact, Ivor features predominantly in the book. However, Ida also features alongside these two impressive pachyderms. She was carried in Sauce’s mouth and it was a picture of this trick that she showed on the Channel 4 show.

This trick had been taught to Sauce in the 1930s by her then owner John “Broncho Bill” Swallow. According to his groom, Sid Watts, Swallow had returned from the continent having seen the trick and decided to include it in his act. He first practiced with a life size dummy before trying it out on Sid. After it had passed the Sid test, the likes of Zena and Ida Rosaire also performed the trick. The trick also formed part of a new act instigated by Ivor and Swallow, known as the Tableau act. This was a classy elephant act involving elephant tubs and dancing girls. Cissy, Ida and Zena all featured in it and at a later stage so did Clara Paulo from the equally famous Paulo family.

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