This young performer (Amélie Demay) from France has been studying the circus arts
since the age of twelve. A talented equilibrist, she is suddenly transformed into
a charming mechanical doll.
This act, known as the Mechanical Doll act, is a single-handbalancing act, and it
features one of the more emotional pieces of the entire show. Our man in the Red Hat
comes about on stage carrying a stool and a small doll that he is quite fond of. He
shows it to the audience as he sits down, and even shows that the doll spins around on
its base, but it won't do so now. He becomes depressed that his little ballerina will not
perform and soon, becomes tired and falls into a dream. In his dreams the doll does come
to life - performing wondrous acts of balance, agility and strength! (Balancing on one's
head is hard enough, but keeping your balance as you spin around is just... brilliantly
talented). After a while, the man in the Red Hat suddenly awakens from his dream and rises
from his stool to find a pink dress in his lap - the very same dress his doll is wearing.
His eyes begin to twinkle and he takes the mechanical doll and dress and takes leave of