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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How the famous Durov circus dynasty appeared in Russia
This circus dynasty has been around for more than 150 years. Grandfather Durov – its legendary founder, remained in the memory of people as the first person to refuse the…

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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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“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

Circus horses, elephants and zebras in a foggy arena: Rob Tarbell's smoke-filled photo paintings
The author of circus-themed photo-films Rob Tarbell is a trainer of sorts himself. But unlike people who tame wild animals, Rob Tarbell deals with an even more wayward charge -…

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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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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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Stories of nineteenth-century albinos caught in the lens of a photographer
During the 1800s, if you were different in appearance from most people, your fate was sealed. You could hardly get a job anywhere, you would not have a chance to…

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