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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Flea Circus from Mattel (1966)

“The game you itch to play!”

Released in 1966 from Mattel, Flea Circus is a three-dimensional skill game for one or more players. Each player attempts to score points by making small magnetic fleas perform a series of circus tricks, including hopping on a tightrope, riding a unicycle, and performing trapeze acts.

There are ten possible tricks to perform in the “wackiest show on earth.” Players are assigned acts by drawing special Trick Cards, and a giant Flea Timer is used to track the time to complete each stunt. Each player must perform four of nine standard tricks, plus the Grand Finale (shown in the photo above.)

The Champion Flea Trainer is the player who attains the highest score for five tricks.

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