Inseparable brothers, thanks to which the term "Siamese twins" appeared"
The term "Siamese twins" came from two brothers, Chang and Eng, who were born in Siam, but were known far beyond the borders of their homeland. Most of their lives…

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Margarita Nazarova and Konstantin Konstantinovsky: Italian passions in a circus family
Margarita Nazarova was applauded by the whole world. She had fame, recognition, and the love of the authorities. Konstantin Konstantinovsky, her husband and loyal partner in the arena, who put…

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The king of shapito: how a clown was crowned in Albania
Bearded anecdotes about how politicians look like clowns are already boring, but few people know that there was a funny precedent in history when a professional circus performer actually sat…

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“King of jesters” Anatoly Durov: why officials were afraid of the founder of the famous circus dynasty

The famous Russian trainer and clown Anatoly Durov, who became the founder of the circus dynasty, turned the idea of clowning and circus art. He was the first circus performer to turn to political satire. Trained animals served him for creating allegories – he put on fables and mini-plays on the day’s malice, and in these numbers the audience easily recognized famous officials. Continue reading

Secrets of the Zapashny circus dynasty: man-eating Tigers, injuries in the arena, broken destinies
April 2 marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of the famous Soviet circus artist, tiger trainer, representative of the legendary circus dynasty Walter Zapashny. He passed away 12 years…

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Mal da Udal: the world's most famous dwarf who was loved on both sides of the ocean
Despite his small stature, Charles Stratton became so famous in his time that all of America, Europe, and Asia spoke of him. He was rich, famous, talented, loved by people,…

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Life and death under the big top Irina Asmus: the Tragic story of a clown Toffee from "Abvgdeyka»
One of the most popular children's TV shows in the USSR was "Avbgdeika", which was conducted by Tatyana Chernyaeva and clowns Klepa, Levushkin, Yura and Toffee (Irina Asmus). The kids…

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Failed Detochkin, Manager Bunsha and Ivan the terrible: why Yuri Nikulin refused cult roles
In the creative Arsenal of each actor there are roles that become his business card and bring fame, recognition and success to millions of viewers. For Yuri Nikulin, these were…

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