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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"Lady Monkey": an incredible Mexican woman who became a curiosity of the circus in the XIX century
In the XIX century, circus performances were incredibly popular, in which people with all kinds of physical characteristics performed. Some were naturally conjoined twins, others had extra limbs, and others…

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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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Miracle guy from Kostroma: Who really was the ” boy with a dog’s face»

When the famous Barnum circus came to America in 1884, its chief star was “The most striking example of all possible miracles in the last 50 years.” This “example” was a boy from Russia, covered from head to toe with hair. At that time, such performances were not uncommon, but it was really unusual to see children in them.

As the Barnum circus ad told us, the boy was found by hunters in a remote Russian village. Continue reading

The history of the circus as a history of cruelty and mercy
The history of the circus can be viewed from different angles. For example, as a story of the gradual rejection of cruelty-from the bloodthirsty antiquity to our time, when the…

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Rules of life of Yuri Nikulin-front-line soldier, actor and clown, who was called "the Great comedian of the world»
He was adored by the whole huge country, and his colleagues could only dream of such popularity as Yuri Nikulin's. People fell in love with the characters of his roles…

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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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Ladies, go ahead: circus of curiosities of the nineteenth century
Circus in the modern view, with an arena and a dome, appeared only 200 years ago. However, then the artists, for the most part, entertained the audience not with their…

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