The Acrobatic Fly

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The Acrobatic Fly
Screenshot from the film
Directed by F. Percy Smith
Distributed by Urban Trading Company
Release date
  • 1910 (1910)
Running time
3 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language Silent

The Acrobatic Fly (also known as The Balancing Bluebottle) is a 1910 British short silent documentary film, directed by F. Percy Smith, featuring close-ups of a housefly secured to the head of a match and juggling objects with its feet.[1] The film, "is one of a series of Smith films on similar subjects around this time," and according to Mark Duguid of the BFI is, "near identical to, though briefer than, a sequence in his 1911 release The Strength and Agility of Insects."[2]


  1. ^ "New Field Found For Moving Pictures" (pdf). New York Times. 27 February 1910. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Duguid, Mark. "The Acrobatic Fly (1910)". BFIfilms YouTube channel. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 

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