Bum Deal: An Unlikely Journey from Hopeless to Humanitarian by Rufus Hannah, Barry M. Soper

By Rufus Hannah, Barry M. Soper

Rufus Hannah is understood to thousands around the globe, regrettably, as "Rufus the Stunt Bum" due to his participation within the notorious Bumfights video sequence. yet his tale doesn't finish there...it is a narrative of fantastic delight and perseverance, and a restoration few can have imagined.

Rufus's tale is inspiring to an individual who has ever struggled with own demons and existence demanding situations and questioned the place they'd locate the energy to outlive even another day.

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Then I found a man who called himself Captain Lewis. ) Captain Lewis was one of those characters that you find hanging around the periphery of show land. He was a marquee 39 Cottle Book 3rds 28/7/06 11:38 am Page 40 Confessions of a Showman hirer. He offered to give me a tent and all the equipment I needed in return for a share in the circus. With Brian back on the scene I had found someone who could not only perform lots of acts in the ring but most importantly take care of all the mechanics of the circus, the building and the moving of it.

I liked him because his was the only circus run by a josser. He looked the part of the circus impresario – he was never seen without his long pointy beard, Stetson and gold chains. He was great friends with Joe Gandey and when the circuses toured in the same part of the country, they would, as was customary, pay each other a visit, watch the show, drink a few polite beers and then sink a whole lot more while exchanging the latest gossip. The flamboyant count, self-declared son of a Bulgarian nobleman, actual former miner, former hair-gel salesman from Nottingham (a mixture of glycerine and turpentine) liked to keep a small circle of young men around him.

Was the constant refrain. He was completely paranoid about being ripped off. When the circus got to Beaconsfield, the captain called a meeting via a very pompous letter asking that all petty cash vouchers, receipts and the wage book be available for inspection, as well as the staff contracts and the receipt and registration for a car Brian had bought. Now on his way into this meeting the captain spotted some fire extinguishers in the back of Brian’s old car which he was using to transport equipment between towns.

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