"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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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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On test days
Honored artist of the RSFSR A. Volny associated his life with the Manege in the early 30s. Together with his wife A. Pravdina, he performed in a conversational satirical Duo,…

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Emigrant everyday life of Oleg Popov: What made the legendary clown leave the country after 60 years

A year ago, the famous circus performer, who was called the “Sunny clown”, Oleg Popov, passed away. He died while on tour in Russia, and for many the news of his death was a complete surprise, because back in the 1990s, after his mysterious disappearance, there were rumors that the artist was not among the living. For a long time, nothing was known about his fate. As it turned out, at the age of 60, Oleg Popov left for Germany. Continue reading

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 get an education, and in General, the chances of simple survival were often not so great. It concerned including people with albinism. The best fate for them at that time was to go to the circus and show themselves for money. Continue reading

A parody of a circus
Parody as a genre has recently become widespread. It became popular both in satirical literature and on the stage. In the photo: Yu. NIKULIN and M. SHUIDIN perform the Reprise…

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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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Walter and Tatiana Zapashny: a Happy marriage of convenience lasting a lifetime
In their marriage, initially, there was not even a hint of romance. There was a certain tacit agreement between two sane people. Much later came feelings and awareness of the…

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6 most famous Russian circus dynasties that have conquered the world
The succession of generations is probably the most pronounced among circus performers. This is easy to explain to those who children usually accompany their parents on tours and absorb the…

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