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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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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The life and death of the world's ugliest woman: the Amazing story of Julia Pastrana
Julia Pastrana was called the ugliest woman in the world, and there were objective reasons for this: from head to toe, Julia was covered with coarse black hair, her nose…

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“King of freaks”: how life was for a man who had three legs

“Being different” is a heavy burden that falls on the shoulders of people with physical disabilities. Society often does not accept them, it is almost impossible for them to find a job and (especially) arrange a personal life. Their usual fate is to perform in a circus for the amusement of the crowd. Frank Lentini was born this way, but he managed to find his calling and become a happy family man. Continue reading

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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Traveling circus instead of a catwalk: an unusual photo shoot for Vogue magazine
The world of high fashion is always eccentric, and talented photographers are often willing to experiment. It is good when as a result of such joint efforts, pleasant photo projects…

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Igor and Victoria Kio: the illusion of love lasting 30 years
He was the greatest illusionist and wizard of the Soviet era. She is his assistant in the arena. To understand the depth of their feelings, they had to be on…

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Entertainment or cruelty: 25 vintage images from mobile menageries
The peak of popularity of mobile menageries is considered to be the XIX century: then it was an integral part of everyday entertainment, and even more so fairs and holiday…

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