"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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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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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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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 and ears were much larger than usual, her bite was wrong, so that they even called her “APE woman”. Nevertheless, Julia had plenty of suitors, and she made a lot of money. 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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Oleg Popov: Two guiding stars of the Solar clown
Sunny clown Oleg Popov was known and loved all over the world. It seemed that there was no person more positive and cheerful. He had everything in his life: fame,…

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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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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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