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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In the circus-shapito
The artist Pavel Zhorov arrived in this big southern city in a very bad mood. After all, for so long, he had managed to avoid traveling circuses by hook or…

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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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Fatal “Ball of courage”: why a unique circus act became tragic for the Mayatsky family of artists

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The number ” 12 “became fatal for the Mayatsky circus performers: on January 12, 1963, the author of the unique attraction” Ball of courage”, motorcycle racer Peter Mayatsky fell from his motorcycle during the performance and was seriously injured. Exactly 12 years later, in the same city, on January 12, his wife and daughter also almost died while performing the same tricks. Continue reading

"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…

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A book about famous clowns
Every good book is interesting in its own way. Its originality is given by the author: his talent, life experience, knowledge of the subject, love for it. A monograph about…

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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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The first Soviet trainer: 40 years alone with lions
The Internet is full of jokes about strong and independent women who celebrate birthdays in the company of their many cats. Jokes are jokes, but in the history of our…

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